An Introduction to Bourbon, Louisville, KY

Trip Start Jan 05, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, January 5, 2009

We headed down the I-65 directly to Louisville, KY which was quite a straightforward drive...after we found our way to the I-65!! So after a 2 hour drive we arrived in downtown Louisville heading to the famous Louisville Slugger museum, where all major league baseball bats are made. OK, so we're not into baseball, so it was not majorly interesting - the baseball fans on our tour were almost exclaiming with joy and carefully taking the bats that were used by some of the most 'legendary' baseball players, while Steve and I were taking swings of the bat with extremely wary onlookers!!
After a tour of the factory and being presented with our very own Louisville Slugger bats, we made our way towards our first couchsurfing hosts. On our way to their place we managed to take a slightly wrong turn (it was rush hour & traffic was crazy!) and ended up re-entering Indiana before re-entering Kentucky and finding our way to an extremely impressive and jaw dropping part of Louisville, with what can only be described as nothing but mansions in sight!

We pulled up at the address and were welcomed by an extremely friendly family who just continued about their business as if we had always lived there! So within 5 minutes of being in their house, I was chopping carrots and Steve was enjoying a glass of red wine, talking to John.
We enjoyed a homecooked meal - comprising of yorkshire pudding, tenderloin of beef and gravy - anyone would have thought they had English guests arriving?! It was yummy!

After dinner, we enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine and then John and his business partner were asking if we had tried any Kentucky Bourbon.... Well, out came the 15 (yes, FIFTEEN) different varieties of bourbon! That was followed by the 'Champagne of Beer' - America's finest Miller High-Life. (hmmm, not sure we'd quite describe it as that!) Needless to say, that's all we can really remember of Monday evening!!

Tuesday, after consuming (what can only be described as) a bucket of real, full fat coke, I was half human again and Steve and I headed to 21C - the hotel that is hotel, come art gallery and is owned by would you believe it people who make bourbon!! They had a lot of contemporary pieces and it was really quite cool. And what's more, it was free! So we spent a couple of hours (at least one of those was spent in front of a projector, software art piece that when you stood in front of it, letters would fall like raindrops and stop when they reached your reflection). We left there and somehow managed to feel obliged to head into one a museum that cost us $18 to get in. Suffering with a slight hangover the museum wasn't all that appealing and after a couple of hours we left and consoled ourselves with some food! We headed back to John and Sarah's place, enjoyed a couple of pints at their local - Irish Rover and got an early night.

On Wednesday morning after the mandatory cup of coffee we headed for brunch a Lynn's paradise Cafe as recommended by John. Well this place can only be described as something out of a Dr Suess book! It was truly wild! With crazy colours, patterns and just random 'stuff' everywhere, the atmosphere of the place was pretty cool! We filled up on plenty 'Lynn's' home cooked food and then headed downtown to the Muhammad Ali museum. Whilst being predominantly about the life and success of Muhammad Ali (as you would imagine!), it was quite inspirational.

With a few museums under our belt and plenty of culture for this trip, we were ready to head to Nashville, Tennessee!
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