At the very end of last spring, on June 17th, my wife (Jasmine) and I made another day trip, this time traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio and back in one day. Cincinnati would normally be a 3-hour drive from where we live (Bowling Green, Ohio), but that day it took at least five hours due to a tanker leaking toxic chemicals and I-75 being shut down north of Dayton, Ohio. Just like we did on our day trip to Columbus, Ohio in May, we stopped for lunch at an African restaurant.
In Columbus we had Somali food, which is East African, but in Cincinnati we tried some West African food at a Senegalese restaurant. Teranga Restaurant is on the north side of Cincinnati, and as one can see from their parent website the owners also run a grocery/supply store, a hair shop, currency exchange services, and a travel agency.
From there we headed to downtown Cincinnati and visited the Underground Railroad Museum. If you visit Cincinnati, we highly recommend visiting this place. Free parking is available in front of the building, which is in a great downtown location near the Ohio River. The Underground Railroad Museum covers the history of the slave trade in America, and also shines the light on modern slavery around the world, including human trafficking, child labor, etc. It was a highly educational experience, and we could have learned/seen even more if we had more time. Here are some pictures from our visit to this museum:
After spending time at the museum, we walked around the nearby parts of downtown Cincinnati.
We then walked across a nearby bridge to Covington, Kentucky.
(facing Covington, near the entrance to the bridge)
(facing Cincinnati while on the bridge)
(facing toward Cincinnati on the left and toward Newport, Kentucky on the right)
For those who appreciate unique forms of public transportation, the Cincinnati area features an amphibian taxi, the Newport Ducks. It runs along the Ohio River…
…and on land:
(Photo Source: Newport Aquarium)
After walking back to Cincinnati, we drove back over the bridge to Covington.
(Another bridge from Cincinnati – Newport, Kentucky can be seen on the right side of the photo.)
We then concluded our time in the Cincinnati area by driving over to Newport, Kentucky, just east of Covington.