Our Day in Eden Park

The girls feeling the spirit with Pinocchio in front of the Cincinnati Art Museum


[dropcap style=”color: #9b9b9b;”]D[/dropcap]uring our visit to Cincinnati last week, the girls, Martin, and I went to Cincinnati’s Eden Park. My sister Jinger went with us. We visited Krohn Conservatory and the Cincinnati Art Museum, and enjoyed lunch at Mount Adam’s Bar and Grill.

As for Martin and me, this wasn’t our first trip to Eden Park. Back in August 1999, during Martin’s first visit to America to see me, we spent a full day up there.  At the time, I was not yet officially enlisted in the US Air Force, though I was scheduled to go up to MEPS the day after Martin flew back to Germany. I also had quit my job due to my impending departure, so this meant I had all the time in the world to show him around my hometown, and that day up on the hill in Eden Park was a lot of fun.

So returning there with the girls was really cool. We actually recreated some photos at certain spots, too, and they liked to hear my stories about the days I used to perform at nearby Playhouse in the Park. In the midst of all the family visits and brunches/lunches/dinners, I’m glad we made that time to sightsee and create really sweet memories with Aunt Jinger.

The Krohn Conservatory has a waterfall in it.
And birds. Some in cages. Some flying free.
Martin took this photo of me in 1999. We weren’t able to find this exact nook.
But we did find these!
They are already decorating for Christmas. The holiday displays are amazing, by the way. If you are local in Cincinnati, plan some time to go see it.

Caught taking a selfie … Usie? Yousie? You guys-ie?
In case you can’t tell by the bowl cut, I took this photo of Martin in 1999.
They didn’t have the right kind of cactus in the right location, so we improvised in nearly the same spot.
Martin had his doubts about it. So did Lola.
As he leaned down for the shot …


He realized he misjudged those spikes and actually got himself.
Miss C exercised a bit more caution, but a lot more drama.
And Lola decided the small fuzzy cacti worked just as well.

The girls completed a scavenger hunt throughout the Cincinnati Art Museum. This was our first stop.
Lola really liked the modern art exhibit. This was a multimedia piece on a loop projected on a white wall.
I loved this chair! We sat on it and became a piece of performance art as the artist intended. I want a chair like this. It forces either awkward silence … or conversation. You can see how we engaged.


The girls and I trying on different ancient Chinese hair silhouettes


We found a sculpture of Lola.


And a relative of Cleopatra.


Sorry, Kim. Ancient Romans were doing it first.
Lola producing her own artwork at lunch.