For us, 7:35 a.m. is pretty early to be starting a walk, especially when the temperature is about 36 degrees. We bundled up and off we went. The walk started in the Brewery District and then headed into downtown Columbus along the Scioto River.
|No name on this flame tower|
|Scioto River green space construction|
|View of downtown Columbus, Ohio from the riverfront|
|Green space construction progress|
As we turned east and headed downtown, we saw the City Hall.
|Columbus City Hall|
|Downtown Columbus, Ohio|
|Greek-Revival-style Ohio Statehouse|
Construction of the Statehouse began in 1839 but took over 20 years to complete because of political wrangling, cholera epidemics, and lack of funding. When the Statehouse was completed in 1861, it became one of our country's finest examples of Greek Revival architecture.
We start our tour in the Crypt (basement). The block and mortar construction of the Crypt's arches and vaults are based on nature's strongest shape, the circle. The arches and vaults are not only elegant but functional, supporting the weight of the Rotunda above.
|Bob in the Crypt|
|Dome in the Rotunda|
|Statehouse Museum in the Crypt (basement)|
|Stained glass Seal of Ohio in the Statehouse Museum|
|Looking up to the dome|
|Grand Stair Hall|
|The Great Seal of the State of Ohio|
|"These are My Jewels" by Levi Tucker Scofield|
|The female figure is the Roman mother Cornelia|
|General Sherman and General Ulysses S. Grant|
(according to plaques on sculptures)
|"The Peace Monument" by Bruce Wilder Saville|
|The complete walls looked like this.|
|1887 Post Office|
|Franklin County Courthouse|
|Originally the "Great Southern," now a Westin property|
|1895 Schlee-Kemmler building|
The next area we walked through is called "Historic German Village." Eight blocks from the State Capitol is the 233-acre German Village. In the 1800s, German Village was home to immigrant laborers and craftsmen. Now, with its preserved architecture and brick streets, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Speaking of those brick streets, they are very hard to walk on, as are the brick sidewalks. Over the years, shifting ground underneath the bricks, along with tree roots pushing the bricks, has caused the bricks to settle, twist, or bulge upward. Our feet and legs got very tired from the undulating walkways. You have to be on constant alert not to trip on anything! Walking these sidewalks/streets is very tricky.
|Brick sidewalks, all different kinds of bricks.|
|Beautiful stained glass and doors|
|German Society plaques on homes and businesses|
Without our Volksmarch instructions, we would probably miss lesser-known places in cities. For example, we got to enter Franklin Glass to say hello to Frank the cat. As we chatted with the lady who works there, it came out their work is mostly commissioned pieces for churches and larger art installations. She pointed around the corner and invited us to look at their showroom. Wow. The walls also had photos or drawings of their pieces.
|Stained glass showroom pieces|
|Photos of their work|
|A window in their workroom|
|Drawing of peacock stained-glass piece|
|We said "Hello" to friendly, talkative Frank the cat|
In addition to Franklin Art Glass, other businesses in German Village are Juergens Bakery (closed the day we were there - boo), Schmidt's Sausage Haus, Schmidt's Fudge Haus, Haus Frau Haven, Olde Mohawk Grille, Max & Erma's, The Red Stable, and Katzinger's Deli. I'll tell you about another one when we get close to the end of the walk...it's quite a special place, not to be missed.
|Schmidt's Sausage Haus|
|The Red Stable|
|Schmidt's Fudge Haus|
|Olde Mohawk (note light fixture on building)|
After walking for what seemed an eternity on uneven brick sidewalks and streets, our feet were relieved to walk on concrete sidewalks around 23-acre Schiller Park which is bordered by grand old 19th-century houses.
|"Umbrella Girl" in Schiller Park|
|Gorgeous sky today!|
|Schiller Park pathway|
As we finished our Volkmarch exploration of Columbus, there was one more business that delighted us...Book Loft. Book Loft is a city-block long with a labyrinthine set of 32 rooms of new books discounted 5% or more. They also sell literary T-shirts, puzzles, posters, cards and small gifts. We enjoyed poking around in the nooks and crannies. Beware: there are lots of narrow stairs and small enclosed spaces.
|The Book Loft|
|New shipment of books just arrived.|
|Open many hours, seven days per week|
At the end of the walk we were hungry and Panera Bread was just across the street from our finish point. We ordered sandwiches to go, hustled back to Alton RV Park, hitched up the 5th wheel, and headed for Indianapolis, Indiana.
Our day is not yet complete, so I will finish this day with a Part 2 blog.
Travel Bug still ready to yap...but it's too late to finish this tonight.