Champagne sent by hotel as part of "Romance" package
At 4:00 a.m. on July 11 we left home to catch the earliest flight to Cincinnati where we would stay over one night to celebrate our 42nd Anniversary. Bob had made the reservations and told them it was our anniversary. When we arrived they upgraded us to a suite on the 23rd floor with a view of the city and the Ohio River.
The hotel was spectacular. The Hilton Netherlands Plaza Cincinnati is filled with rich dark wood, marble walls, sculpted molding and hundreds of art deco light fixtures. I'll post photos of the hotel tomorrow. Although it was raining steadily all afternoon we took the TANK (Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky) bus across historic bridges to arrive at a riverside restaurant, aquarium and theater district in Newport Kentucky. The rain was not a problem as we had rain gear but it did give a wonderfully ethereal glaze to all my photos.
Our afternoon was spent in discovering downtown Cincinnati and Newport and choosing a restaurant for our Anniversary meal. The rain had let up enough that we walked back from Kentucky to Ohio over one of the five bridges within view. We arrived back at the hotel in time to enjoy a Champagne toast at 5:00 p.m. We spent time reminiscing and laughing at the things we thought--at the time of our marriage--would be either problems or highlights and the reality which occurred over these many years. We shared our amazement at the fact that we still are best friends and deeply in love.
About 7:00 p.m. we TANKed across the river again to Mitchell's Fish House for a marvelous dinner and unhurried conversation then walked back across the river while I tried to see just what the bells and whistles on my new camera would do. I got some amazing sunset and paddle-wheeler shots.
We arrived back in time to finish off the still-cold but a little less bubbly champagne and prepare for another day of travel which began at 6:30 the next morning with the room-service breakfast as part of the "package."
I saved the cork, marked it 7-11-06 "42 years" and took the "after" photo below.