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A few vacation memories

August 11, 2010 - Diane Speer

My summer vacation has come and gone, but some of the sites and experiences along the way will remain with me for quite a while to come. My husband and I covered a lot of territory on our recent trip that started with a wedding in Indiana, continued with a 50th anniversary celebration with in Ohio and ended with a funeral in Pennsylvania.

In and around all the aforementioned family-oriented activities, we managed to carve out a few days just by ourselves in Columbus, Ohio. Now I know for college sports fans living in Michigan, Columbus would never, ever qualify as a vacation destination, but the city was enroute to and from our family commitments, so Columbus was where we landed.

Whenever we get the chance to visit a major city, we always make sure we take in a bit of the arts and culture there. Mission accomplished on this vacation. There are three different places/experiences that will stick out in my mind for a long time to come. The first was a visit to the Franklin Park Conservatory where not only is the plant life extremely varied and impressive, but woven throughout the botanical gardens are an amazing array of colorful glass sculptures by prolific glass artist Dale Chihuly. This was my first real introduction to Chihuly, and I have to say that I am now a huge fan.

My next major point of interest was at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, better known as COSI. The whole reason we decided to stop there was because the facility is currently housing an exhibit of artifacts from the Titantic. The elaborate installation of the exhibit, coupled with all of the history of this incredible shipwreck, made it a huge highlight on our trip.

And finally, though we hadn't planned it ahead of time, we were able to score last minute tickets to a production of the award-winning national tour of "Wicked, the Musical" at the Ohio Theatre right in downtown Columbus. To say the show was spectacular, even viewed from high up in the second-tier balcony, would be an understatement. The special effects, the set design, the excellent singing voices of every member in the cast and the beautiful theatre itself all combined to make for an unforgettable evening.

Vacations always have to come to an end, and alas this one did too, but thank goodness for the memories we keep. These ones are especially sweet.





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