Vacation Destination: OHIO (part 2)

So, after we visited the Underground Railroad Museum, we traveled to West Chester to IKEA!  I've been wanting to go to an IKEA, but there is only one in my state and I just hadn't made it there yet.  And who should suggest such a fabulous place?  None other than Yetunde of Afro Martha.  Yes, for the first time, I actually met up with a blog friend.  I had such a wonderful time chatting with Yetunde and having her guide me through such a wonderful store.  Now I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that all my IKEA dreams come true.  lol

Visit Yetunde on her blog, Afro Martha, and in her Etsy shop.

Another place we visited while on vacation was the Cincinnati Zoo.  I just love the zoo, so when my SIL suggested it, I was game.  This zoo also had a botanical garden, so you know I had my fill of photographing flowers.  I have ideas for those images.  It was such a hot day at the zoo (like a heat index of 115 degrees), but we made it through the exhibits, sweaty necks and all!

Ahh, this water is slightly refreshing.  I remember a time I wouldn't dare go near water with my hair.  lol
Got some plans with this sweetie pie.  Isn't he just darling?
After that sweaty experience, we stopped by a Jamaican restaurant, Island Frydays, and feasted on some fantastic food.  I ordered this curry chicken plate.  Umm, look at those sweet plantains!

The ride home was longer than the ride there, but I did start knitting my first hat.  Already though, I think it will be smaller than the pattern because I used a different yarn.  But, that's okay.

I'm back!


  1. Your trip looks so fun! The giraffe is so sweet. They are such neat animal. I love plantains....delicious! ~Val

  2. I agree - you look like you had a BLAST - food looks yummy too!

  3. I grew up in Cincinnati and my whole family (10 brothers and sisters) still live there! After 3 years in Germany, I haven't really been homesick but, after reading your post I must admit I am a lil!
    I'm glad that you had a great time, and thanks for sharing the photos.

  4. @ Yellow Rose: It's such a small world! If my brother and SIL are still in that area next year, I hope to visit again. You have a large family. I bet you have lots of great stories to share. :-)

  5. Hey, I know
    It was so fun meeting you! I love going to Ikea with people who love it as much as I do. I hope you get to come back here again.


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