Newark- a quiet little city with many attractions
"A friendly and warm city"
The day after Christmas turned out to be a glorious sunny day, it was almost as if Nature said you will have snow on every day except Xmas and the day after Xmas :) So anyways, we decided it was time to get our travel boots on and head out to Newark! The only thing we knew about this place was the famous Longaberger building, only fater we got there we realised there is much more to it than just that!
The people are very friendly here almost everyweher we went we struck conversations with the local people, mostly rueing about the fact that though it looked sunny it was still freezing outside. Since it was the Christmas weekend we had a little trouble finding a plce to eat, again it was the localites to our rescue as they guided us to a restaurant! Almost everyone seems to know everyone else here as continuosly we saw the people at the counter of Mc Donald's recognize every person who walked in by their first name! We sure stuck out like sore thumbs, AJ's camera being a deadly give away that we were after all tourists here!
No problems at all in finding the downtown, just look out for the couthouse with the clock tower and the downtown just seems to wrap itself around this building! :)
"Christmas after effects"
Ofcourse, since it was the day after Christmas that we landed here there were one too many restaurants that were closed and hardly any people on the streets however all the major attractions except the Earthworks were open. I shall post details of all the places we visited in the tips, as always am using this introduction page to encapsulate our trip report.
First up we headed to the Longaberger building, it is just off the highway and even as you near it you can see this magnificient building. Truly applaud the arcitect, it just looks like one big basket! No prizes for guessing what they manufacture inside! :D More about them in my tip. However our free trip inside was not to be as there was not a soul in the vicinity, so we just walked around the campus on our own and shot all the pictures we needed for VT :)
"A Glass Museum, Arboretum and a very filling lunch"
From the Longaberger building we headed to the Heisey Glass Museum that was very close to the downtown. This museum is part of a complex that has the Veterans Park, The Historical Society and the Glass Museum. For a minute we thouth even the museum was closed, but upon ringing the bell the floor manager promptly let us in and gave us a quick overview of the place. They have very detailed maps of the layout of the three floors and the Director, Ms Susan was very helpful! Although generally they do not allow photography inside the museum she let us click a few pictures as soon as we told her we do write in VT and it would be helpful to augment our writings with some photos :) I particulary loved the Alexandrite collections and the Flamingo Glass collections. Some of the pieces in this museum are exquisite and they really open your eyes to the history of glass making!
Then a short jaunt to the Historical Society and the Veterans park later thought we'd grab a quick lunch, however Christie's Pizzeria was closed (that is what came most recommended), almost all other restaurants around downtown were closed. The only open place was mc Donald's so we headed there and ordered a coffe and some fries. Being vegetarian didn't help matters at all. We we greeted by an old man who seemed to be a regular customer here and yet another intersting conversation was struck about how Christamas season brought such cher to all of us. One other gentleman in the adjoining table however said "I am glad Christmas came, but I am also glad it is over"! We sure weren't glad it was over, we just love the lights and the atmosphere and were feeling a little sad that a week from now it will no longer exist..!
Anyways, the guy at the Mc Donald's counter very helpfully guided us to a neighborhood down the street we had come up, which he said would have plenty of Pizzeria's. It turned out to be true, so we spotted Dan's Family Pizza and went in there for a yumm veggie pizza, easily the best we had had so far in the US of A!
After lunch we drove to the Dawes Arboretum, took the auto tour path in our car and our memorable day came to an end as we drove back 30 miles to Columbus, Ohio. We just took a quick detour to the Buckeyes Lake enroute back, it made for a refreshing stop! :)