Friday, June 24, 2011

Columbus is Big On Columbus

Last week, B and I enjoyed a business trip to Columbus, Ohio for a few days. Neither of us had ever been to this city and so it was an adventure to be savored.

We went with few expectations and were pleasantly surprised by all we found there.

As B and I wandered around the downtown area surrounding our hotel, we came upon this statue of Christopher Columbus in front of city hall, erected in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his voyage to the  New World.
The size of this ginormous bronze statue in front of city hall is hard to determine in this photograph. This might help a bit.
But this should do the trick: B's hand on the shoe.

As part of that same celebration, the city purchased a Santa Maria that is still docked in the Scioto River, just a couple of blocks away.

Here she is---fore and aft.

Here are a few details that caught my eye.

The oars in this boat were so small on the paddle ends. They looked like they would not be very effective.

This replica of the Santa Maria has been criticized for its lack of accuracy, but we were interested in seeing it anyway. However, we don't think the bronze Columbus was ever on this Santa Maria!

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