As I promised in Traveling Toms Tuesdays — June 24th, 2014, here is more of what my adventure from Cincinnati, Ohio & Nashville, Tennessee consisted of! Part 1 will share my adventure on last Friday when we explored Cincinnati & went to the Brad Paisley concert at the Riverbend.
We started our day in Cincinnati at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Admission is free & I was told by my mom that it was a good place to go. They had a special exhibit about Cincinnati silver that made me wished I owned some nicer silverware, but maybe someday! We ended up eating lunch in the courtyard (because our parking was free if we ate lunch at the museum cafe) & it was a nice lunch. It seemed fancier than the museum food I got while in London over Spring Break (I will definitely be blogging about that trip at some point!). We spent a little over an hour in the museum & then explored the Eden Park. It started to rain when we got to the gazebo so we watched & listened to the rain with some other people who decided to take shelter.
The first photo is the entrance to the museum & the second is the courtyard
Once the rain finally let up, we didn’t really have a clear plan of what to do. I wanted to see the downtown of Cincinnati so we started driving to the Central Business District. As we were driving in the University of Cincinnati campus area I spotted a pig! I had been wanting to see some “Pigs of Cincinnati” while on the trip & I about killed us pulling over to take a picture of & with it.
Once we got our pig pictures we left to see what the CBD would bring us. I had wanted to see the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center because it was designed by a British architect I studied in school, Zaha Hadid. She was the first woman to have won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. It was interesting to see a piece of her work in the United States, especially in Ohio (we studied British architects who built outside of London after our trip). We did not go into the arts center, but that might happen on the next trip.
After finding the arts center we walked around the downtown more & took some pictures
We had a lot of time to kill after we finished walking around so we drove around Cincinnati for a while until the concert. We saw Charlie Worsham, Leah Turner, Randy Houser, & Brad Paisley! We both are big country fans & had been wanting to see Brad Paisley. I actually saw Charlie Worsham play when he came to Ohio State for the welcome back concert with The Band Perry. It was a great time! I was very thankful it didn’t rain, which was a huge relief since it rained most of the day. Although, it was probably the concert with the most drunk people I have ever been to – country music makes people want to drink more than they should! The set up at Riverbend was similar to Blossum (I posted about that venue for the Edward Sharpe & Jack Johnson here), but smaller.
The first photo is at the beginning of the evening, before Charlie Worsham played. The second photo was later in the night, probably during Randy Houser. The third photo, which I apologize for how blurry it is, is Brad Paisley running by us! He was like 10 feet away! He did some of his set for the lawn.
The concert was everything we wanted it to be & the day trip probably could have been planned a little better, but all around a great day. We were pretty exhausted by the end of it. The next morning we drove to Nashville, which is about four hours from Cincinnati. I will share that part of the trip later, so stay tuned! 🙂