An Introduction to Bourbon, Louisville, KY
Trip Start Jan 05, 2009
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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!
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!