Let's start with the skyline.
For a small city, it is quite impressive. With the Ohio river in the foreground. On the right
side, you can see the football stadium. And a little left of the centre, there is the highest
building in Cincinnati. On the second picture, there is a railroad bridge which also has
a pedestrian walk. Next to it is a bridge that looks really beautiful. And it humms and rumbles
like a million bumblebees, when the cars drive over the pavement made of steel grid. The
fourth picture shows the highest building of the city in close-up.
From this tallest building (Carew Tower, 175 meters high) you have a great view all over the city. But for getting
there, you have to use an elevator, which reminds me of a coffee house in Vienna. Both places
create a certain mood of 19. century. Only the coffee house doesn't rumble and shake that
much. And after the coffee house (up to the 45th floor), we went on in the toilet of the
coffee house up to the 50th floor. This time due to the not present size of the elevator
cabin. Of course it rumbled and shook even more as the first elevator. And if I remember
correctly, what kept me alive was the notion that we would only fall down five stories deep,
in case the cables would rip which were produced by Abraham Lincoln's brother. Afterwards,
there were another 10 meters to climb, on a very material saving staircase in a very large
room, always with view down to the floor. Finally reaching the top ... the suffering just
started: welcome to the most windy place of the city. The flat roof top is surrounded by
a 120 centimetres high wall. This is about 200 centimetres missing for feeling safe. On the
wall, there is a handrail mounted which should become my best friend. The spots where I clung
on should still be visible today.
Otherwise Cincinnati is a
city with totally normal and with nice corners, as in many other cities. It was on the weekend,
when I was there (like for most of my short trips in the region), accordingly there have
been no people on the streets.The few people I met made a more friendly impression. Maybe
this was due to the good weather and due to the just ended Oktoberfest. The German immigrants
also left some other traces. I cannot recommend the sauerbraten in the "Restaurant to
the lime tree", but a look inside the church I can.