b'One of the many buildings that form the Cleveland Clinic. Clevelands Art Gallery is amazing.Peoplewereterri ed,astheyan- Arcade and Tower City cater to high-endhave to extend your stay. Corner Ally is ticipated permanent blindness from theshops, and are both located on Euclidhometomanyrestaurantsandinthe newfangledinvention. TheswitchwasAvenue near 9th Street. summer, outdoor patios are everywhere.If you enjoy eating, as I do, you willipped; a few horses reared, and guessPlease turn to page 56what? No one went blind.Cleveland also has Rockefeller Park, a giant 130-acre area, once owned by theRockefellerfamily.Aformergolf course,ithasbeentransformedinto multinational gardens. Soil, trees, shrubs and artwork, from dozens of countries, has exposed tourists and residents to the likes of Ethiopian gardens, Armenian landscapes,Frenchmanicuredlawns and so forth. The area is great for walk-ing, biking and just enjoying a peaceful ROCK ON! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fameexperience. aworld-classhealth looks like a turntable from the air.Of course, a big draw to the city is the ClevelandClinic, facility, built on 176 acres. The medical complex is known for its research and Company did a fantastic job, and offeredtreatment of heart disease and cancer, a tour that lasted just shy of two and aand attracts patients from all over the half hours. At its completion, I felt I knewworld.Intotalthereare18hospitals, everything Cleveland had to offer. 6,000 beds, 5.5 million outpatients an-The drive from Port Perry is aboutnually, a quarter of a million surgeriesper year and 7,000 physicians and sci- ve and a half hours, allowing about 30 minutes to cross the border at Fort Erieentists. The annual revenue is 10 billion JONATHAN VAN BILSEN (unless you have Nexus), and of coursedollars and the clinic employs 120,000 another 45 minutes for lunch. I consid- people. There are even three hotels for Flying from country to country is funeredbut with check-in, parking,visitors to stay on site, as well as theying, and exciting, but every now and then,drivingtotheairport,etc.Iwouldnotlargest Ronald McDonald House in the theprospectofaroadtripisthrilling.havesavedanytime,andcertainlycountry.Last month I decided to hit the pavementwould have spent more money. There isA few doctors, who thought it might in search of a new adventure. an airport in downtown Cleveland, but itLolly the Trolley takes visitors on a twobe better to have different services un-In my mind, Cleveland ranked right updoes not cater to commercial traf c. hour tour of Cleveland. der one roof, started the concept. The there with Buffalo, when it came to WhyI would suggest staying right down- concept grew, and the Cleveland Clinic would I want to travel there? I decided totown, as you can walk most anywhere.So what did I discover? First off, theis considered at the top of global health-go because if nothing else, it was homeI found a Holiday Inn on Euclid Avenue,city itself has a population of 430,000,care and research.to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I(the main drag). The hotel is in a trans- with another four million in the greaterAvisittotheartgalleryblewme must confess, I was pleasantly surprisedformed bank building, built in the 1890s.metropolitan area. Overall the metropo- away. The grandeur of the building, com-by the entire city. It was nice, albeit a bit noisy at night.lis is safe and very clean, as long as youplimented the nearby music hall where As in most cities, therst thing I do isThereisaHiltonandaRenaissancestay away from the east side. concerts are offered at no charge. Thehotel in the same general area. Once IThelocalhistoryisquiteamazing.theatredistricthasmany shows,nd a trolley tour, to get a good overview ne of sights, as well as a narration of his- arrived, I parked my car and did not useCleveland was the verycity in theand boasts the worlds largest outdoorrst tory and architecture. The Lolly Trolleyit again until it was time to come home. world,touseoutdoorelectriclights.crystalchandelier.MallssuchastheCleveland is a clean and picturesque city.54 FOCUS - SEPTEMBER 2019'