After our super fun tour of the IMS, we stopped for some lunch in Indianapolis and then began the relatively short 2 hour drive to Louisville. Wednesday was probably the hottest day of our whole trip so, upon arrival and checking in to our hotel, we opted to stay inside where the AC was nice and cool to avoid the absolute heat of the day. That turned out to be a good call, as a brief but fierce thunderstorm rolled in shortly thereafter.
However it cleared up nicely around dinner time, leaving us with a much cooler evening for our planned activity, a AAA baseball game at Louisville Slugger Field:
|It is a very nice stadium, particularly for the minors. I'd compare it in size to the new St. Paul Saints CHS Field.|
|Who doesn't enjoy a play on words?|
We completed our evening with a late dinner at Harvest Restaurant. It was the first of many restaurants in Louisville to impress me - it's definitely a quality food town.
Thursday morning dawned much cooler so we were able to go with our original plan. Per Wikipedia...
"Old Louisville is a historic district and neighborhood in central Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is the third largest such district in the United States, and the largest preservation district featuring almost entirely Victorian architecture. It is also unique in that a majority of its structures are made of brick, and the neighborhood contains the highest concentration of residential homes with stained glass windows in the U.S. Many of the buildings are in the Victorian-era styles of Romanesque, Queen Anne, Italianate, among others; and a large number of blocks have had few or no buildings razed."
Old Louisville has a visitor's center, which we visited first to collect a map and a list of a series of self-guided walking tours. The whole area is something like 48 city blocks, so obviously we weren't going to get to it all. Instead, we took a happy meander through one of the tours and marveled at all the pretty houses.
|One of my favorites among the bunch. Brick and a turret? Sounds good to me!|
Back to the hotel we went for a bit of an AC refuge and a sit-down. It's hot in Louisville in the middle of the day. Then, on to our afternoon event:
|The entrance to the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. It's not subtle.|
The following day, we got up for another early start. For a hint, please click on this link and open in a new tab, then come back. Once again, I'll wait...
|The main entrance to Churchill Downs.|
|A few horses speeding by, with trainers observing from the shade.|
|The Twin Spires, a historic landmark.|
|The main paddock. Those bricks are made out of recycled tires so they are easier on the horses.|
Tomorrow... on to Cincinnati!