We led Columbus and freed ourselves of mid century modern architecture and drove to Cleveland arriving there mid afternoon. We stayed at the Drury Inn which is housed in the old Cleveland Board of Education Building. We really like Drurys, the have a tasty breakfast, evening happy hour that includes a couple cocktails and enough food to call dinner and they have popcorn and soda served all day..all complimentary. We really also like that for their inner city hotels they usually renovate an older building, like they did here including restoring the frescos in the lobby.
The next morning we checked our and then toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The FREE stamp pictured above is a sculpture in a park we passed by on our walk to the Hall.
The Hall is located on Lake Erie and was designed by I.M.Pei who died recently at the age of 93. He is most famous for the East Gallery of the National Gallery in Washington and the Pyramid at the Louvre. This building while interesting is not up to the standard of either of those.
I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the Hall. In addition to several short films-Elvis, American Bandstand, etc. they have an amazing number of stage costumes along with lots of instruments.
We left the Hall and made a drive by if the Home Alone House and the school of business at Case Western designed by Frank Gehry.
We then headed east (but wait I thought you were heading west??) along Lake Erie towards Buffalo. We spent the night east of Buffalo in Lockport, NY where Kristen, the daughter of my parents dear friends Helen & Ed now lives.
Lockport is a town on one of the locks of the Erie Canal. Before we left the next day, Kristen showed us around the beautiful town and we had a delicious lunch of a hamburger in a fried Mac n cheese bun in the old City Hall and then a flight of fancy ice cream at a place on the canal.
After working on the canal for a bit, we headed north. Next stop Hamilton Canada!