We don’t really do much for our Birthdays. We decided long ago that buying presents for each other now that we’re married is just weird. If I bought something for Dusty, I would essentially be buying his Birthday gift with his (our!) own money. Doesn’t really seem right. Instead, I try to just make it a special day which usually involves making him meatloaf for dinner. It’s what he wants. I, however, wasn’t feeling it for a third year in a row.
This year, I decided that the best gift I could give him was an opportunity to use his new DSLR camera. I offered up my sense of direction, of which he has none, and took him to some local spots I knew would spark some inspiration. It worked. He loved it.
The field trip started out at the Purple People Bridge in Newport, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.
After hanging on and around the bridge for awhile, Dusty was ready to jump ship back to Ohio. But, I knew there was one more stop on the Kentucky side of the river. If you want a good view (back at Cincinnati and Ohio!), head to the banks of the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky.
What’s funny is the fact that we have never taken photos of Cincinnati before. Sure, there’s the random photos of the inside of a ballpark, but never of the whole city. It’s fun to treat your hometown like you’re a visitor. Which means, if you’re visiting Cincinnati, you have to get some photos of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Tyler Davidson Fountain at Fountain Square. Back to Ohio…
And just like when we’re touring any other city, we got a hankering for some beer and rested for a bit. This traveling (or acting like you’re traveling) thing rocks. Hanging out on Fountain Square in the middle of the day with a locally brewed adult beverage. Ahhhh. Made us feel sorry for this guy….and thank our lucky stars that we were fortunate enough to be down here chillin’ and not up there sweatin’.
Our last stop was the best market in town, Findlay Market in Over-The-Rhine. It’s been around for ages, supposedly since 1852. It’s old, it’s in the not so nice part of town…whatever. Not all great things are. The food is kick ass and so are some of the loonies you’ll encounter along the way. A full experience. It surprises me when someone tells me they haven’t been here before and have lived in Cincinnati all their life. GO! If you’re nervous, due to it’s location, go with someone who has been before. You won’t regret it.
Side note: when your husband wants an Argentine asado for his Birthday Dinner, it’s the only place that will do. Pounds and pounds of chorizo sausage, chicken and filet mignon can’t be wrong.
Starting to remember why we lived down here years ago! I feel a change a brewing.
See more of Dusty’s Downtown Cincinnati photos!