OMG, I have never been so bored in my whole life. Cleveland is so lame. I refuse to believe otherwise. But feel free to prove it, I would welcome it. Lauren and I went to Michigan to photograph an awesome wedding but I am really bad at driving for 8 hours when I am anxious to get somewhere other than home. So, I decided to split the trip up and stay overnight in Cleveland – mostly because I really wanted to cross the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame off my travel bucket list. We got there around 4:00pm and by the time we checked into out enormous hotel room, the museum was closing. Daggers. But that is fine, we will find something else to do, right? RIGHT? We wondered around down by the water front and peeked into the doors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and pretended to be rock stars on their outdoor stage. But legit everything was closed.
Dude, there is nothing to do there. Aren’t there colleges? Where do people go? I parked my car in the garage and had to pay $8 extra because there was a show that night. When I asked what show, the guys face lit up with glee when he said “TED NUGENT!” Attempting to contain my laughter, and only briefly glancing at Lauren because I didn’t want to completely lose it, I asked if he drew in a big crowd and the guy, still as excited as could be, said “Every year!” Oh my goodness. So not ok. This is essentially when we decided that Cleveland gets the big thumbs down, especially in the so much to do department.
We ended up parking so we could go back to the hotel room to find some place we would deem suitable for dinner and came up with the so delicious Chocolate Bar a whopping block from our hotel. I could not have been happier. My Chocolate Banana Cream martini could not have been more delicious and to make it even better Willy Wonka was playing AND we got a front row seat to watch people line up for Ted Nugent right across the street at the House of Blues. No idea where these people came from, there was no traffic, and hardly any people walking around on the sidewalk when we were out and about but there was a massive line to get in, garage guy was right!
We wandered around to see if we could find a good place to grab another drink before being complete losers and returning to our hotel to watch Shark Week but ended up wandering down to the Lake to take some nighttime city scape photos. I am super glad we did. I really love some of these. Makes the memories of this place much better. What was most funny to me was that everyone wanted to know if we were photographers and where we were from – clearly people who live there don’t take photos of their city. What I can say for Cleveland is that everyone I talked to there, which granted, wasn’t many, was SUPER nice. So, they do have that going for them.
Luckily for me, the next morning, after a really refreshing run down by Lake Erie, we were able to hit up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before we left town. Super depressing you can’t take pictures – made me want to purchase the souvenir photo even more…..which I totally did. 🙂 The highlights were definitely seeing MJ’s glove, the costume from Thriller and seeing Lady Gaga’s meat dress! And realizing how really tiny Elvis was. All of his get ups were ridiculously small. And they weren’t pinned in the back like some of the ladies outfits were. His waist was legit the size of one of my legs. I really wanted to take a photo of one of Rod Stewart’s awesome blazers for my Mom but figured I should abide by the rules. Afterwards we grabbed a quick bite and made the rest of the trek to Michigan!
Oh yeah – the epic photo –