Exploring Cleveland: Little Italy & The Botanical Gardens

November 12, 2013
My friend Courtney @ Permeating Purpose and I decided that when she went back to college in the fall that I would drive to Cleveland and meet up with her so that we could have an adventure or two.  :)  Right now I live right between the two cities so about the same distances away from me, give or take.  I was discussing with Courtney how rarely I go to Cleveland compared to Columbus.  When going out of town for better restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, Columbus has been my city of choice, nine times out of ten.  One of the reasons for this is that Columbus is the city I'm the most familiar with since I attended Ohio State University's main campus during my undergraduate years.  I still have a few friends in Columbus and I know my way around and what it has to offer, so I guess that is also why I might be drawn there and not pay much attention to Cleveland.  This past year alone, I've probably driven to Columbus forty times or more, yet I've only gone to Cleveland twice.  Courtney is now participating in something called an Urban Semester, which is a "study abroad" program through her college, Baldwin Wallace.  Since she is living right in downtown Cleveland, she has gotten to know the city well and has done a lot of different activities with her housemates who are also her classmates, since her classroom is right in her living room!  Courtney had some great suggestions on how we could potentially spend our day, and we decided to go to Little Italy and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

I was really excited about going to Little Italy because I love Italian culture and get a little "homesick" for the Italian family I lived with every so often...not to mention that I miss the food!  Courtney recommended that we go to Presti's Bakery for stromboli and cannoli.  All I had to hear was cannoli and I was in!  As we discussed, we did have some stromboli, but we got our cannoli to go because we wanted gelato, too.  I may or may not have also picked up a dozen raspberry thumb print cookies.  The bakery was really bustling when we were in there.  It had a very lively atmosphere, and appeared to be very popular.  After our meal, we walked around for a bit.  Little Italy is a very small area, but certain things such as the Italian flag and Peroni sign brought a smile to my face, nonetheless.










 
After Little Italy, we headed to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  The inside part is made up of a glass house that is part desert from Madagascar, part Costa Rican rain forest.  Outside, there are lovely grounds and gardens to explore.  I'm such a sucker for beautiful landscapes and fall scenes, and Courtney and I just loved taking it all in.















Be sure to check out Courtney's take on our day as well!  I hope to visit Courtney again in the spring and explore more of what Cleveland has to offer.

This was a day well spent with great company and was probably my best fall day so far.  What was your best fall day like this year?



12 comments on "Exploring Cleveland: Little Italy & The Botanical Gardens"
  1. this looks so fun! and even though you went to Cleveland, all your talk of Columbus makes me want to go back for a visit. I was just talking with my college roommate who still lives there that I need to visit. Did you ever go to Adriatico's for pizza? it was on 11th I think. It was right across the street from our dorm and my favorite place ever!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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    1. I never actually went in there, but my friends and I would order it all the time!! I loved their pizza and bread sticks. Gosh, I haven't had Adriatico's since I actually lived on the OSU campus.

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  2. Such a fun day!! Your pictures turned out so well!! Seriously, the butterfly picture is incredible.I hope we get another chance to meet up in Cleveland! Hope you have a great week!

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    1. I did have such a good time and was glad we finally could hang out! Let's start planning our next Cleveland meet up. :D

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  3. You pictures are beautiful, it looks like the perfect fall day and that ice cream looked delicious!

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    1. Thanks! It was SUCH a nice fall day. Courtney and I were relieved because the day before it poured nonstop.

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  4. This place looks great . Though Botanical gardens have never been my favourite place ( hello , science) but I literally love it.
    Noor's Place

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    1. Haha...I feel like I'm inadequate in science, but still loved looking around the glasshouse!

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  5. The photo of the butterfly is gorgeous!!!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Kala@ TheWishfulLamb.com

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    1. I snapped it just in time! I almost got a beautiful one of a hummingbird, but I was too slow!

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  6. I agree, that Butterfly shot is incredible! That spikey tree looks terrifying though. I wouldn't want to lose my balance and fall on it (likely to happen to me, I'm SO clumsy! haha). That looks like such an awesome time, thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Haha, I'm surprised I didn't fall over on it! I've been dropping stuff and tripping/falling all week! I love the idea of the photography hop & hope to link up again in the future. :)

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