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Sunday, April 14, 2019: The rain that was originally forecast for the entire weekend could hold off no longer, so we awoke to a dreary morning.
But we had more to see, so off we went. Here's the only branch of the famous Cleveland Clinic that we saw.
We headed back toward downtown, ...
... to the Tremont neighborhood.
We passed the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on our way to ...
... another Cleveland script sign.
We passed lots of murals, including this one, ...
... and this one, ...
... and this one.
After some navigation troubles, we ended up at Edgewater Park, ...
... and another Cleveland script sign.
Then, we headed past many more murals in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood to ...
... our next destination on the corner behind this very cool bus stop, ...
... Brewnuts, ...
... a donut shop that uses craft beers in their donuts. Unfortunately, we had arrived later than planned, and there was a very long line, so we decided not to wait.
We had seen this very cool water tower mural from Terminal Tower the day before.
We headed past Kiefer's German American Tavern to ...
... the Foundry neighborhood, ...
... where we found our last Cleveland script sign of the trip. The only one we didn't get was the one at the main airport. This is the one we had seen the day before from Terminal Tower.
So many breweries, so little time.
We traveled over the Columbus Road Lift Bridge. There are lots of bridges here and we could spend days trying to identify them all.
What do they sell here? It's anyone's guess.
We went to the West Side Market, a Cleveland institution for decades.
It was pretty quiet in the produce hall moments after opening, so we moved quickly and didn't get a photo of it until we were on our way out.
The star of the show is the main market hall, with lots of food vendors. Long-time vendors had banners over their booths indicating the year they joined the market.
There was so much delicious food to choose from, but we couldn't get anything that required chilling or preparation. But oh, this huge enchilada display was tempting.
Here was a long display of every possible color of macaron.
Not to be outdone, another bakery had a large display of double-sized macarons in unusual flavors and color combinations.
But it was the goodies in this case that got our money.
We left with some baklava, a dobos torte (lower right), and a coconut bar that reminded us of Australian lamingtons.
We passed Progressive Field one last time on our way out of town.
It was now 10:30 AM, which meant that Mr. Chicken was finally open. Check out the clever logo - a chicken's face is hidden in the lower-case "r" and the period in Mr.
We still hadn't had breakfast yet, and we were ready. Of course, we had to get a side of delicious fried okra to go with our chicken meals.
Our next stop was Sweeties Candy, billed as the world's largest candy store.
Let's go inside.
Whoa. We were in the Costco of candy.
This whole section contained the largest selection of Pez dispensers we had ever seen.
So much candy.
Someone somewhere was probably thrilled when these presidential sets were released.
Ohhhh, yesssss, Moon Pies.
This was a fun little display of candy-branded Matchbox-sized semi trucks.
Minnesota's own Pearson Candy Company was well-represented.
Wisconsin's own Baraboo Candy Company was, too.
Did you know you can get Dum Dums in wrappers to match your party theme? You can.
The store was open earlier than usual for the few weeks leading up to Easter, and there was a large section of the store devoted to all things bunny-, chicken-, and egg-related.
This is probably the largest Jelly Belly display outside of an actual Jelly Belly store.
Gene Simmons continues to leave no merchandising opportunity behind, and this KISS Kola is proof of that. But it was very, very hard to pass it by as we checked out.
Here's our candy store haul. Please note the remarkable restraint.
Now, it was time to speed back to Springfield, Ohio. We passed Fat Head's Brewery in Middleburg Heights. We spent an entire weekend sightseeing and didn't manage to step inside a brewpub even once.
Ohio is the land of the drive-through liquor store. That's an experience we'll have to save for a future date.
Once we reached Springfield, we headed to the Hartman Rock Garden. It's open to the public but it looks very much like it is someone's private property, so we decided against visiting it.
We had tickets for a 3:00 tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House.
We did a little shopping in the gift shop prior to our tour, because we knew we needed to leave immediately afterward. Having been in many FLW gift shops over the past few years, there are aren't many things that can tempt us anymore, but we always find something.
For example, we wanted every single tile in this display that separated the gift shop from the small video seating area, but we were done with our shopping. We were the only ones booked for our tour, so we watched the introductory video on our own, ...
... but we were joined by another couple as we left the garage-turned-gift shop and headed toward the house. They told us that there was a tornado watch in the area, ...
... and this particular cloud in the distance looked like a very good candidate for becoming a tornado.
We walked along the lengthy pergola to ...
... the front door, ...
... then stepped inside.
As with many Frank Lloyd Wright properties, the entrance has a low ceiling which gives way to a more open area.
We turned left at the top of the stairs. To our right was the living room and dining room, ...
... and there was another room to the left. At this point, another couple joined our small tour.
From here, you can see the lovely cemetery across the street, but not the actual street itself, since it lies at a lower level than both this room and the cemetery.
Our guide pointed out the radiator hidden in the wall.
There was a pretty Tiffany lamp on the ...
... beautiful table, and built-in bookshelves in the background. Most of the house was rebuilt after years of neglect, and its hard to remember the details of all of the furniture, but much of it was rebuilt to match original plans.
One of these four panels was an original, and the other three are reproductions.
Next, we moved into the living room.
Here's the view out the windows to the front yard. A rain cloud was starting to move in, so we didn't step outside.
As always, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed fireplace is lovely and likely a huge smoke and fire hazard.
The dining table was painstakingly replicated, right down to the built-in lamps at the corners of the table, ...
... which match the overhead lights.
It started to rain briefly during our tour, which gave us an opportunity to discuss the leakiness of FLW homes, and to see how water drainage had been designed to be handled here.
This little playroom is to the right after you come in the entrance and up the stairs.
It features a view of the garden and the pergola. By now, the rain had stopped.
We went up another set of stairs to the upper level.
Beautiful skylights overhead let the sun in.
We saw Mrs. Wescott's bedroom first, located on the southwest corner of the home.
Moving around the room clockwise, here are some closer looks. Here's the bed, with bed linens created to match the style of the home.
The corner windows offered a view of a magnolia tree in bloom.
A small hallway led to a walk-in closet on the left, ...
... and a bathroom on the right, and a balcony (not pictured).
This room was directly above the living room, so it also had a matching fireplace.
Mr. Wescott's bedroom was in the southeast corner.
This room also had a small hallway that led to a dressing room and bathroom, plus a door to ...
... a small balcony overlooking the cemetery.
Here's the bathroom ...
... and the walk-in closet/dressing room ...
... with a built-in dresser like the one in Mrs. Westcott's room.
Mr. Westcott's room also featured a corner window area, ...
... with a portrait of him. We were half-expecting this to be FLW himself, since he loved portraits of himself, so we were pleasantly surprised that it wasn't.
On the west side of the home was the Westcotts' son's bedroom, ...
... with his closet, ...
... and a bathroom that connected ...
... with his sister's bedroom.
Her room had a corner window with a view of the garden, pergola, and garage.
Of course, she had a closet with a built-in dresser as well.
Here's one of the servants' rooms.
This is the fuse box.
Either one or both of these were original fixtures to the house and not just replicas.
We went down the back stairway ...
... to the kitchen on the ground level.
Those cabinets in the corner hold ice, which was delivered through a small door outside.
A small pantry lines one wall, ...
... and there is a larger pantry adjacent to the kitchen.
The laundry room now serves as an accessible restroom for guests.
We left via the back door, ...
... which led to the garden. In early April, it was just starting to wake up.
Here's the back of the house. That's the playhouse on the lower left, and the Westcott daughter's room on the upper right.
The garage has been converted to a gift shop and administrative offices for the non-profit that owns the home.
The tour was still going by the time we had to leave, so we thanked our guide and headed out. Fortunately, we were on the last stop of the tour so we didn't miss much.
We got a nice view of the front of the house on our way out.
As we continued along High Street, we passed numerous beautiful old homes. As our guide mentioned, several have been converted for use as funeral homes, like this one.
Oh, my, this looked like the perfect fast food combination, but we saw it just a moment too late ...
... and ended up getting an early dinner of McDonald's instead.
We passed the cool freeway art of Dayton, ...
... and Tom's mom's house, visible from the freeway, ...
... and the Ohio border arch.
Our last photo taken before getting back to Indy in time to pick up Claire was this RV with a photo of Arches National Park, where we'd be a month later.

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