Cleveland – The Forgotten City
Is there anyone here who hasn’t heard of Detroit? Probably even the greatest layman knows this famous American city. In the end, apart from such American cities as Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Waschington, the average person is still able to name Detroit. Once a symbol of prosperity and wealth, today’s is associated with crime and economic collapse. Although it is said that it is getting better, the deserted city doesn’t seem to fully support this thesis. Interestingly, Detroit is not the only city that has significantly lost its position. Among them is also Cleveland, which was our one-day stop while traveling through the U.S. after completing work at Camp America. We’ve been wondering for a long time whether to stay in Cleveland or Detroit. One thing contributed us to Cleveland’s choice. If you want to know what encouraged us to visit a small city in Ohio, then stay till the end with me! 🙂
How did I get to Cleveland?
When we finished work at Camp in New Hampshire, I went with my friend to conquer Canada. The goal was simple. We wanted to get from New Hampshire to Chicago by bus or train (airplane was too expensive). The most interesting route (a little around) 😀 seemed to be through Canada. We ended the tour of Canada at the Niagara Falls, where we were supposed to have a Greyhound bus to Buffalo, and then a change to Cleveland. Unfortunately, our bus didn’t come because it broke down and we had to wait for the next one. In general, it wouldn’t be a big problem, if not for the fact that at the next bus time for a change was only 30 minutes. On the way there was still a control on the border, which isn’t the fastest. Fortunately, this time it went quite well, and we were only 20 minutes before the bus to Cleveland. 😀
We arrived to Cleveland at 4 am. It’s kind of a weird time, when you’re in a completely strange place! Fortunately, we were able to find Couchsurfing and our guy was kind enough to pick us up by his car from the station!! 🙂 Oh, we were really surprised and delighted with his kindness! This “guy” turned out to be a nice and relatively young Frenchman who came to Cleveland a few months earlier to work at the University. In the evening, after his work, he joined us for a short walk around the city, and then we returned home for a dinner! It was great and nice at all! 😀 😀
Museum of Modern Art
We started the sightseeing quite late, because shortly before noon. Well, we had to make up for a few hours of sleep, because the next day in the morning we were going to Chicago. In the meantime, we started visiting Cleveland from the Museums. The Museum of Modern Art was free, so we decided to look for a moment. However, as we expected (for ignorance on this matter) 😉 we didn’t stay in it too long! Who has already read other posts, rather knows that I skip such museums, but sometimes it happens to me to visit some of them! 😛
Natural History Museum
We spent much more time in the Museum of Natural History. I persuaded my friend to this museum because of the large dinosaurs exhibition. I love these reptiles, therefore, at every possible opportunity I admire them. However, I will refrain from the opinion that it is a total “must see” while in Cleveland. My guess is that not everyone is interested in dinosaurs, so I don’t encourage you! 😛 From the most interesting things and not related to dinosaurs, let me add that I liked the earthquake simulator the most! 😀 While in Museum, go to the platform, which shakes on a scale of about 4 degrees Richter. Interesting experience. 😀
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Now you probably wonder what convinced us to visit Cleveland? 😉 It’s ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME! It is a rock and roll museum and a hall of fame honoring rock artists and other people who have made a fundamental contribution to the development of these genres of music. It has been operating since 1983, collecting various items related to artists. Why was it founded in Cleveland? If you believe Wikipedia, apparently the most rock performers come from Ohio, and Cleveland is its largest city.
The museum building was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei. It looks very modern, and the shape resembles a pyramid. Tickets are not the cheapest ($ 24-26), but I think that for real rock fans, it will not be a big problem. You can check the opening times and availability of tickets here. We booked through the Internet, despite the fact that there were no terrible crowds on the spot. However, if you have little time, I think it’s worth buying online.
As for the exhibition, I was hoping for a bit more … 😉 I got the impression that the museum doesn’t have such an impressive number of exhibits, as could be expected from its lofty name. Besides, I don’t fully understand why the museum devoted attention to such performers as Beyonce, Shakira or Rihanna??! With all due respect to these ladies and all their fans, but what they have in common with rock, I don’t understand! 😛
In any case, we spent a lot of time in the museum and, generally, we left satisfied. Fact, I didn’t find all my favorite rock artists there, which was a bit frustrating for me, but they still have a chance to be there! 🙂
The most depressed city in the United States ??
In one of the Forbes magazine’s rankings, Cleveland turned out to be the most depressed city in the United States. The reason for such high dissatisfaction is constantly high unemployment, taxes, corruption, etc. (despite the fact that Cleveland is slowly going straight ahead). Generally, this is somehow true because, going out of the museum, we passed by many monuments, symbolizing freedom. Some of them are really interesting, and if you want to take a closer look at them, I recommend the route from the museum to the city center.
There is no point in cheating, but outside the Cleveland museum, it is not a touristically attractive city. This is confirmed by the fact that I had a huge problem with buying postcards. If I had to point out some interesting places, I will add modestly: pay attention to the architecture of the city. There are quite a lot of interesting buildings here, and the city center abounds with even old (ie, the 16th-17th century) 😉 buildings. Among them, for example, a wooden church, which was closed. 😛 Unfortunately, we were unlucky in this matter, because the whole city center was dug up because of the big renovation, so I even didn’t take too many pics!
At the end, a small curiosity. 😉 Cleveland was the first city in the U.S., in which in 1914 the first electric traffic lights were used. Who would have thought that Cleveland had such an honor? 🙂
Of course, together with a friend, we left the city fully satisfied. We didn’t expect to much from Cleveland, so that is why we have a positive experience of it. A day spent in 3 museums and a short walk around the city flew us quite quickly and quite pleasantly. If not the Rock and Roll hall of fame, I think that Cleveland wouldn’t be so positive. It is a pity, because the city has a lot of potential, due to the fact that it is located on the beautiful Lake Erie. The only problem is that swimming in the lake could be dangerous… Not everyone thinks it is clean. What is the true? It’s difficult for me to judge, but remembering warnings about bathing in New Hampshire, I approach the topic carefully.
And have you managed to reach Cleveland? Let me know, because sometimes I have the impression that only I was there with my friend 😀
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