In my short life I have seen many awe-inspiring works depicting the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Works that bring tears to the eyes of the unbeliever. The Pieta in St. Peters Basilica... Davinci's Last Supper...Three crosses on a highway. But I have to say that none prepared me for Giant Jesus. Giant Jesus should go in the same category as an apparition of Mary on a burned grilled cheese. I'm sure it's no fault of the artist. I can't imagine that the scale of Giant Jesus (it must be 5 stories tall) and the materials necessary were very helpful. And I'm sure that it was hard to turn down the money that must have been involved!
I feel bad for Jesus. I am sure that this Giant Jesus is destined to go down in the annals of roadside tourist traps & kitsch landmarks as one of the, well, biggest. It fits in very nicely with the neighboring architecture of the Trader's World Flea Market. And I'm sure it has created quite a stir in the world of televangelism.
Many people will have their personal views on the practicality of this monument. Some may be inspired. But it's always good for a smile on a long drive home. If you look on the west side of the freeway just south of Giant Jesus you will see the pastor's quarter horse ranch in matching architectural style. It reminds me of "Dallas" or something. It's quite impressive.
Located off I-75 Just north of West Chester, OH. Head toward Trader's World for an up-close encounter.
P.S. for the record I have nothing against flea markets!
Built in 1890, this massive 4-story structure built of beautiful stone and covered by a Ludowici clay tiled roof is a great example of German Romanesque architecture created by architect Samuel Hannaford. Naturally, City Hall holds most of the city's governmental departments. Take a peek inside to see the lovely grand marble stairway, stained-art glass windows on the landings and murals painted on the ceiling.
For information about tour guides:
801 Plum Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Photo: September 2005
The Old St. Mary's Church in the Over-the-Rhine section of Cincinnati is to me the most beautiful church in Cincinnati. It has gorgeous German architecture that was paid for and built by the hardworking German workers that once inhabited this area.
The appellation, Over the Rhine, comes from these German inhabitants. German folk were attracted to the Ohio Valley because it reminded them of their Native Rhine Valley and for a time, Cincinnati's hills were dotted with vineyards. Back then Central Parkway was not a street, it was part of the Erie Canal that transported goods from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Many Germans lived in this area but worked downtown; their nickname for the Erie Canal was the Rhine River and when they came home in the evening crossing over the canal they were going "Over-the-Rhine" and the name has stuck for this area since.
If you're in the Main Street bar district on the weekend just take a walk down to the corner of 13th & Main and you'll see the lovely façade of this church. Even as a drunken sot you'll be able to appreciate its architecture!
For a tour of the interior, you may join the Final Friday Tours of Old St. Mary's.
6:30-9pm the last Friday of the month.
During Christmas they hold choruses of Christmas music outside the church.
For those of a medieval or Renaissance bent, they also perform Gregorian chant and Renaissance music during their 9:15am Sunday Latin Mass.
123 East 13th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cross street of 13th & Main streets
Photo: August 2005
This little out of the way park is located on the East side of town. It has two great overlooks, one to view the Ohio river, and the other gives a great view of Lunken Airport.
Take Columbia Pkwy (rt 50) East from downtown. Not far after crossing Delta Ave, turn left of Tusculum Rd and climb the hill to Alms Park.
Usually when you think of a winery, you think of lush rolling hills and acres and acres of grapevines....
Not here. This Winery is in the middle of blue-collar Cheviot, on the West side of Cincinnati.
Very interesting..... The grapes are growing along the fences....
I was excited to discover this quirky park about 25 miles north of the Cincinnati Metro area in the town of Hamilton.
There are 265 acres of rolling hills here, all dedicated as an art park. Most of the art here is in the form of sculptures.... large outdoor sculptures.
The Park combines " the lure of nature with the dynamic presence of monumental art. It is a setting where landscape and art come together in natural galleries among vast meadows and woodlands."
I think you'll like it, I certainly did. I'll be back again when the weather is better.
They also have a summer outdoor concert series, check their website for more details.
See my travelogue for more photos.
Fly to, or drive to, Sporty's Aviation at Clermont County Airport in nearby Batavia.
Sporty's is a nationally known Aviation Supply warehouse, most flyers have a copy of their catalog at home.
Bonus: Stop in for FREE hot dogs & Bratwurst on Saturdays from Noon to 2pm.
In the center of Covington's MainStrasse Village, you'll find this charming fairy-tale style Goose Girl Fountain. This bronze statue is based on the Brothers Grimm story "The Goose Girl" in homage to the German geese farmers that once lived in this area.
This is across the river from Cincinnati, offering some local culture and fine views of its larger neighbor. The web site and phone number are for MainStrasse Village Association, at:
406 West 6th Street, Ste 201
Covington, Kentucky 41011
I love the quaint, charming MainStrasse Village in Covington with its old Victorian & Italianate homes dotted around what used to be the German area of Covington.
Walk around, gaze at the houses, peer at the Goose Girl Fountain, stroll down & listen to the German Clock Tower, otherwise known as the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower, but make sure to read the historical plaques in the square. One will tell you the story that is the basis for Toni Morrison's Beloved.
There are coffee shops in the area, Celtic shops, and great restaurants like the Cajun Dee Felice or French Chez Nora.
Creole cajun comfort food in Covington's MainStrasse Village, Dee Felice bills itself as "Jazz, Swing, New Orleans décor and great Cajun food"!
Besides the typical fare associated with N'awlins, you'll find American staples such steak, pasta, chicken & seafood. Dee Felice is well-noted for their excellent wine list and especially for their desserts!
Besides garnering numerous awards from local Cincinnati Magazine they've also been listed as one of America's Top 25 Restaurants per Zagat's!
Casual dress code.
At the west end of Mainstrasse Village in Covington, with it's lovely old Victorian & Italianate homes, lies the charming old-fashioned German Gothic structure of the 100-foot glockenspiel Carroll Chimes Bell Tower. On the hour the clock chimes a 43-bell carillon & out comes different figures representing the Pied Piper of Hamlin. You wouldn't know it to look at it but it was only built in 1979!
During the MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, we like to bring the kids down here. Of great interest to all the kids is the Clock Tower! With plenty of lawn surrounding it, it is also a nice area for a picnic. There are also badezimmers (bathrooms) here, which comes in handy for the kids or when you've had just a bit too much bier in your stein.
Walk along the street & you'll find historical plaques that recount the interesting history of famous people who came from this area.
On the Covington, KY, side of the Ohio River in Mainstrasse you'll find a remarkable historical plaque recounting the horrible tale of a slave who was running away across the frozen river to freedom, with her was her daughter:
On a snowy night in January 1856, seventeen slaves fled at foot of Main Street, across frozen Ohio River. Margaret Garner was in this group. When arrested in Ohio, she killed little daughter rather than see her returned to slavery. This much publicized slave capture became focus of national attention because it involved the issues of federal and state authority.
The above true tale became the basis for Toni Morrison's Beloved.
An off-the-beaten-path visit to here would be well-combined with a visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center across the river.
Abandoned tunnels are often the object of urban legend, but Cincinnati is in fact the site of the country's largest abandoned subway tunnel. But "abandoned" is not quite the word, as construction slowed to a stop in 1925 before even half of the 16 mile line was completed. Seven miles between Cincinnati's central business district and the industrial suburb of Norwood were tunneled, bridged, or graded, but no track was laid and no subway cars were ordered. No passengers ever rode between the six stations that were built.
The incomplete Cincinnati line sat fallow through the Great Depression and WWII. Bridges, stations, and retaining walls along the surface stretches deteriorated to such an extent that a few items actually collapsed. Nearly everything above ground was bulldozed to make way for portions of I-75 and the Norwood Lateral in the 1950's and 1970's, respectively. The mute two mile tunnel that remains under Central Parkway is unknown to many Cincinnati natives, and what most who do know of it know consists largely of hearsay and speculation.
This page is the most comprehensive and most accurate source of information regarding the subway either on the web or in print. It is by far the most popular subject on www.cincinnati-transit.net, and tens of thousands have visited it since its appearance in 1999.
75 musical acts by national, regional and local artists provided music for every taste at the Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival (held in October 2003). The Greater Cincinnati Tall Stacks Commission dedicated the entire five-day music festival in memory of John Hartford.
Tall Stacks was first held as part of Cincinnati's Bicentennial year in 1988. It was one of five events that took place throughout 1988 to celebrate Cincinnati's 200th birthday. Tall Stacks was by far the most popular and well attended of those five events. Because of the unique qualities of the festival, the Toronto Globe & Mail and the Chicago Tribune named Tall Stacks one of the top ten events in the world that year. The first Tall Stacks welcomed 14 riverboats and over 700,000 people to the city's riverbanks for three days in October. Tall Stacks launched a legacy of pride in Cincinnati's rich river history and rekindled the nation's love affair with the steamboat.