How I Spent My Summer Vacation

July 27, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2010 at 9:36 PM EDT

By Joanna Pasceri

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July 27, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2010 at 9:36 PM EDT

Unlike some of those big network news personalities, I did not vacation in South Africa and take in a World Cup game.

Nope, in my world, I was lucky to get to the other side of Lake Erie! My family spent a night in Cleveland during my recent time off, and guess what? We had a great time! The highlight by far was our trip to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. What a place! First of all, did you know from the air, you can see it's shaped like a turntable? That insight came courtesy of former Channel 7 Morning Anchor John Kosich, who works at the Cleveland ABC affiliate now and used to do reports from the station helicopter.

It's really cool! Our visit just happened to coincide with the year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. As we walked in, a tribute was taking place in the lobby for the King of Pop. Some really talented singers were belting out some of his famous hits. We all got "I love MJ" pins, too!

There is so much to take in at the Hall of Fame. Six floors wind around the inside of the building (part of the turntable effect), and they are filled with all kinds of memorabilia from rock's legends. On display are clothes worn by Mick Jagger (he is so tiny), Stevie Nicks (she was so tiny), Freddie Mercury, and The Beatles. I even saw the black ballet pointe shoes that Stevie Nicks wore on the cover of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album! There is a piece of Otis Redding's airplane that crashed and killed the soul singer. There is John Lennon's piano, complete with candle wax drippings! There is a whole floor dedicated to The Boss, Bruce Springsteen!

We saw the leather jacket he wore on the Born to Run album and his 1994 Oscar for "Streets of Philadelphia" (It was a little rusty believe it or not!!!). There are also his Grammy awards, plus a lot of his songwriting notes. There are notepads filled with famous lyrics, including for the song, Glory Days! If you appreciate music as much as my family does, it's a great place to see. Not quite the World Cup, but still a winner to me!