Friday, November 29, 2013

Light Up The Levee

On November 26,2013 we went to Newport On The Levee for Light Up The Levee for the official lighting. If you have never seen the tree at night with all the lights, you should make plans to go and see it. It features more then 1 million LED lights that are all set to holiday music, so the lights dance to the music. They dance to the music every 20 minutes and it is so beautiful to see. This was my first year to attend the official tree lighting and I was not disappointed. I had the honor of meeting a lot of very sweet and well known people. I met Frank Marzullo and Jacki Jing both from channel 19 news you could not meet two nicer people then them. I also met Mr and Mrs Fezziwig from my all time favorite movie Christmas Carol and let's just say I was in heaven..lol.. I also met the Nutcracker from Cincinnati Ballet, the Penguin mascot from the Newport Aquarium, and the mascot for Ride The Ducks. I also had the very special honor of meeting Mr Santa Claus himself. This was a great time with lot's of beautiful lights, great Christmas music, and wonderful people. There is also the Newport Express Holiday Depot that you have to check out. It has  lot's of train displays and it also has some pretty amazing Lego's that you have to see, that are done by the group Okilug that Doug is a member of, he does the pictures for them. If you go be sure you check out the Music Hall display that is there, it is made completely out of Lego's.
 You will not believe your eyes. It is pretty amazing. You can also visit with Santa while you are there. The cost is $5.00 but you will receive a free one hour pass to Gameworks with each paid admission. There is a cost for photos with Santa.
If you are looking for something to do with your family, check out the Levee and watch the light display. 
If you or someone in your family is into Lego's check out Okilug web page it is okilug.com
I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and spend it with the ones that you love and make some great memory's after all that's what the holidays should be about. 
Disclaimer..I am not not getting paid to do this post. I did receive free admission to the Newport Express Holiday Depot.
                                                   The Fezziwigs :)
                                  Santa :)
                                                     The Nutcracker

                                                      Frank Marzullo
                                                        Jacki Jing

                                                   Lego of Music Hall

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Duke Energy Holiday Train Display

We went to the Cincinnati Museum Center to see the Duke Energy Train Display. This is a beautiful display. In 2011 Duke Energy gifted the train display to the museum center. The Duke Energy Train display started in 1946. I loved seeing this, not only is there some neat train display the rest of the holiday set up is amazing. They have a castle that is absolute breath taken. I was told by one of the employees there that the castle was hand made. I think that was my favorite thing there. They also have two reindeer named Pogie and Patter that talk and interact with you. I loved them!!! They are from the former Pogue's Department store that use to be downtown. I think it is always nice when you see things that you might have visited when you were a child. 
When we were there Santa had not arrived yet, but they have his space beautifully set up. 
They have a Toys Through The Times which is a vintage toy exhibit. They have a train that the kiddies can take a ride on through the winter wonderland looking display where there is a bear and deer and lots of snow. The cost for the train ride is a $1.00 and lets just say that I would had loved to take a ride on the train but I was just a little to big and a lot to old..lol..
The talking reindeer's informed me and Doug that Santa will be there from November 29 through December 24. He takes a break from 1-2 daily. 
Pogie and Patter show times are 11a.m. and 3p.m. Monday through Friday, 11a.m., 1, 3, and 6p.m. Saturdays and Noon, 2 and 4p.m. on Sundays. 
Holiday junction is open November 8,2013 through January 5,2014. The hours are Monday through Friday 10a.m.- 5p.m.
Saturday 10a.m. - 8p.m.
Sunday 11a.m. - 6p.m.
Admission to the trains is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids, that also includes admission to the History Museum. If you are a Duke Energy customer you can get free admission.
You can also buy tickets to all 3 of the museums for $ 12.50 for adults and $ 8.50 for kids and that includes the Holiday Junction.
I think everyone no matter what the age will love this. It has something for everyone and it will put you in the Christmas spirit. 
The Museum is located at 1301 Western Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Disclaimer: I am not getting paid nor did I receive anything for doing this post. Even though I am not a Duke Energy costumer, I did get free tickets to see the display
                            The hand made Castle 
                                        Talking Patter and Pogie

                                        Had to sit in Santa's chair 
                                        Hanging out with Patter and Pogie


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Downtown Louisville, Kentucky and Colonel Sanders

While we were in Louisville, we walked downtown. I am a big fan of architect and downtown Louisville is full of beautiful buildings. I loved walking around and looking at all the beautiful architect. Downtown Louisville is so full of history. If you are down that way take time and walk down the streets and check out some of the buildings. My saying is you can find beauty in anything so I am sure you will find plenty of beauty while you are there. Also make sure you stop in the visitor's center and say hi to Colonel Sanders founder of KFC chicken. There is a wax statue of him there and he looks so real. All the ladies that were working in the visitor's center were so very friendly and helpful. You can buy everything from Louisville t-shirts to Kentucky bourbon balls.
We had a great time while we were there.

Hard Rock In Louisville, kentucky

While on our trip to Louisville, Ky. we decided to have lunch at The Hard Rock Cafe. I am sure most of you have been to a Hard Rock before, but if you have not been to the one in Louisville and you are visiting make sure you check them out. They have some of the best service I have seen and the food was really good. We had a blast while we were there. If you do not have a Hard Rock where you live and you are visiting some place that does go and have lunch or dinner, I am sure you will love it.
Disclaimer..I am not receiving nor did I get anything for doing this post. We paid for our meals. All opinions are my own. 

Our Visit To Thomas Edison House

While on vacation a few weeks ago, we took a trip to Louisville, Kentucky. While we were there we visited Thomas Edison house. Since I am a history buff, I found it so neat that Thomas Edison lived at one time not far from me. Thomas Edison lived in Louisville from 1866 to 1867. He moved to Louisville when he was nineteen.  He lived in the front room of the small house in the meat processing district. While he lived there he worked as a Western Union telegraph operator. He would mess around with different inventions in his free time. The story we heard was that Thomas got fired when acid from one of his experiments ate through the floor and dripped onto his boss's desk on the floor below. There is some of his inventions on display in the house, including a Dictaphone, a very large collection of lightbulbs, and a movie camera. 
Even thou he did not patent any inventions while living in Louisville, I still think it is pretty cool that he lived not far from where I was born and raised. I love that fact that you can always find some pretty amazing history in your own hometown. You would be surprise at what you can find if you just take the time to look for it.
If you are ever in Louisville, Ky. check out Thomas's house. It is located at 729-31 East Washington Street.
The website is www.edisonhouse.org
Disclaimer..I did not receive anything for doing this post nor am I getting anything for doing it.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Haunted Stonelick Covered Bridge

I love covered bridges, I think there is something so neat in the history of them and they are not something that they make anymore. A couple of months ago Doug took me to see one and I loved it. But not only was it a covered bridge it is also said to be haunted :)
We visited the Stonelick Covered Bridge in Milford, Ohio. It was built in 1878 and is the county's only remaining covered bridge. They still use the bridge, but the day we were there it was closed because it had some damage and they were repairing it. This bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it is 140 feet long.
Now for the haunted part. It is said that you can see an apparition of a hanging man while on the bridge. To see the man you have to stop on the bridge by the only window, and shut off your car. Flash your light three times, and according to the legend the hanging man will appear hanging by his neck from a tree and your car will not start until the man disappears.  I was not able to do this as the bridge was closed when we were there, but I think I might go back when it reopens and try it out. You never know you just might see something and if I don't it will still be fun :)

Haunted Covington, Ky. Tour

We did the American Legacy Haunted Covington, Ky. walking tour and this was one of the best tours I have been on. I have done a couple of other tours with American Legacy Tours and they were good, but this one was my favorite. We started our tour at a haunted mansion on Greenup Street from there we walked down to the river stopping at different locations along the way to listen to the interesting facts that our two tour guys Evan and Tom had to tell us. These two guides were great. They made the walk all that much more fun. They were very sweet and funny. They did an amazing job. After we walked to all the places, we went back to the mansion that we started at and we were able to tour it. From there we went to another mansion behind the first one and got to tour that one. That is the one were Doug took a picture up the steps and got a nice pic of a big orb. I was finally able to use my night vision camera and I took a lot of pics of the houses we stopped at since it was dark out. I was able to see a couple of things in two of the pics I took. One thing we saw was a shadow of a woman in a window where no one was home and in the same house in another window was a image of a person wearing a hat. At the next house we went to I got a pic of what looks like little hands all in a top window of a house where no one was there. 
Even if you don't believe in ghost or spirits, I would still take this tour next year. The history that you will learn about all of these old houses is amazing. I know I will be taken this tour again next year.
You can check out American Legacy Tours at their website www.americanlegacytours.com
They offer a wide range of tours.
Disclaimer..I am not receiving anything nor did I get anything for doing this post. All opinions stated are my own. We paid for the tour our self.
                                      Doug's Orb Pic
                                           My night vision camera             

                                          Inside one of the mansion's