Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Boston Gal in Louisville Part 1

I had a great time in Louisville.  It was nice to hang out with my friend and explore a city that is very different from home. The best way I could describe it would be funky, in a good way. The road configuration with the different lanes was one major difference from home. The other was the talking to neighbors. I know my neighbors by sight and a quick hello, how are you type of thing but not the full fledged conversation every time I go in or out. I am not sure the introvert in me would like that much. 

I arrived on Thursday afternoon but after a full day of traveling I was tired. My friend worked on Friday so I decided to spend the day roaming around.  I found this cool coffee shop on Bardstown Road, Quill’s Coffee.

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The atmosphere was cool and there was good coffee and free Wi-Fi available. I could have spent a while sitting in the cafe.

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I had a cup of coffee and bran muffin.  This muffin had nuts, raisins, carrots and other good stuff.  What was best about it was that I was full for a long time after.

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I walked a bit down Bardstown Road but decided that I wanted to go to a museum.  I decided to go to the Louisville Slugger Museum. Getting there was a bit confusing though.  I took a bus to the trolley then the trolley took me to the street but I could not find the next trolley I was to take so I walked, a lot. I finally reached the museum.

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They did not allow photography on the factory tour but the tour was my favorite part of the museum. I love those how it is made TV shows and this tour did just that. 

That night we went to Churchill Downs.  They were having a happy hour and horse racing.  I had never bet on horse racing before but there is a first time for everything.  I did not win on that bet but I did break even that night.

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Churchill Downs and the horse racing was fun. It was a fun atmosphere and watching live racing was different then it is on TV.

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Saturday, I went to Maker’s Mark.  I also really liked the tour.  The scenery on the drive was beautiful and the distillery itself was really nice.

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It was hot and humid in this room and it smelled like a brewery. It was cool to see though.

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This storage shed was nice and cool though.  Seeing all the barrels and listening to the tour guide was an experience. I was disappointed that production was not running since it was a Saturday.

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We had the opportunity to taste the finished bourbon and their mint julep product (only available in Kentucky). I liked the bourbon!

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I got to dip my own bottle in wax. I got into the protective gear to do it.

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The whole place was very scenic.

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Before the tour, we stopped for lunch at Hurst Discount Drugs.  It was a soda fountain still in a drug store.

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Saturday night, we saw the band, Swell Season, at the Brown Theater. Unfortunately, my camera’s battery needed to be recharged and I did not have my camera.  I liked the concert and the music.  I only knew a few of their songs prior to the show but after, I really liked most of the music.

I felt pretty good on the first two days.  My mood was good and for the most part, my headaches were manageable.

1 comment:

  1. I bet you can guess what the favorite part of the trip would've been for me - that vintage soda fountain/drugstore! The only one I've seen in this area is on Nantucket. Everything sounds like it was so much fun - love the giant baseball bat. Glad you had a nice time and got to see so much.

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