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Terri Weeks
Author, Speaker, Travel Writer, Blogger - I love to tell people about fascinating places to visit.
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About 20 years ago I visited Auschwitz, the former Nazi concentration camp, near Krakow, Poland. It left a lasting impression on me. When I heard that the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was opening a temporary exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, as told from the perspective of local survivors, I knew I wanted to see it. I brought a friend with me—an 88-year-old woman from my book club. Her husband and brothers fought in the war, and I was interested in hearing her perspective. In fact, personal perspective is what makes this exhibition so fascinating.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
With locations in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Zip City is the newest addition the indoor recreation scene in Ohio. Zip City combines trampolines, rock walls, and ziplines for a family-friendly outing that’s filled with adventure. My family and I recently visited the Cincinnati location for an evening of fun. We started in the trampoline section which is divided into four areas. Fulfill your basketball fantasies with some serious slam dunking in the first area which has basketball hoops. Trampolines add an interesting dimension to dodgeball in the second area. My daughter and her friend weren’t too shy to hurl balls at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
Now in its 23rd year, Cincinnati’s Bockfest celebrates the coming of spring with a nod to the city’s German beer-brewing heritage. This bock beer festival, the world’s largest and longest running, will be held March 6-8, 2015, in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Bock beer originated as an ale in the 14th century in the German town of Einbeck. In the 17th century, brewers in Munich adapted it to a lager style. With their Bavarian accent, “Einbeck” sounded like “ein bock,” which translates to “a billy goat,” and images of goats have been associated with bock beer ever since. German monks drank... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
When most of us hear the word “mummy,” our minds probably conjure up images of ancient Egypt, but the latest traveling exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center will broaden your thinking with mummies from four different continents and many different time periods. While Egyptians were intentional about preserving bodies for burial, mummies from other regions were created accidentally when the process of decay was blocked. When conditions such a lack of oxygen or moisture impede this natural process, mummification occurs. Two of the mummies on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center were discovered in the crypt of a 14th-century German... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
Uncle Tom’s Cabin is one of those classic books that I had been wanting to read for years. After a visit to the John Rankin House Historic Site with my kids, I was inspired to finally pick it up and read it. I learned during our visit that the character Eliza was based on a real person—a runaway slave who crossed the icy Ohio River with a young child in her arms after learning that her child was going to be sold. She spent the night with Underground Railroad Conductor John Rankin and his family in their home at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at DiscoveringOhio
Hueston Woods State Park is a perfect summer getaway, whether for a day trip or several nights. The 3,600-acre park offers oodles of recreational opportunities for families. Southern Ohio isn’t exactly known for its beaches, but that hasn’t inhibited my quest to find the best beach within day-trip range of Cincinnati. Hueston Woods is the front-runner. It is home to Acton Lake, which offers a 1,500-foot family-friendly beach. There’s a sandy beach, but no lifeguards. The water is shallow depth near the beach and great for young kids. My kids enjoyed splashing around with their younger cousins. The shallow depth... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at DiscoveringOhio
Abbey Roy recently wrote a popular post about 5 Crazy Things in Central Ohio. She highlighted destinations you’ve got to see to believe, including a building shaped liked a basket and field of giant concrete ears of corn. Lest anyone think that Central Ohio has a monopoly on craziness, here’s another post with unusual attractions you can find in the Southwest corner of Ohio. 1. World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab (664 W. Main St., Blanchester) This fun roadside attraction sits beside a church in Blanchester. The crab is 24 feet wide, 12 feet tall and is hollow—you can walk underneath it.... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at DiscoveringOhio
Awesome article, Dominique! You're right--you can't make this stuff up.
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