Who’s ready for vacation pictures? Last week I did a double-dip and went to New York with my sister before bopping down to Louisville for bourbon and basketball. I’ve written about New York many a time now, so I’ll keep this part short. My sister had never been(!) so I dragged her around to all of my favorite places, like the Met, which we learned is a ghost town if you go early on a Monday:
I’ve never been able to get a good shot of that room before because there’s always a horde of people in it. Score one for getting there at 10:30! My sister also has some great shots of the mostly-empty museum (plus other New York-y things) on her Instagram if you want to take a peek.
I forget who the artist was for this, but I can tell you that those are psychologists analyzing the cow’s reaction to a painting of itself. I love modern art.
Hey, do you know Betsy?
We took a stroll through Central Park but everything was still dead and scary like the villain’s part of the woods in a fairy tale, so let me show you this gorgeous building from the upper east side instead:
Summary: New York is still excellent and everyone should go.
Now, on to the South! I flew back on Tuesday and was home for about 14 hours before we hit the road for Louisville. The “main” reason for the trip was the second round of March Madness, something Hubsey and his dad go to every year. Recently his mom and I have started tagging along to explore that year’s city while they hang out at the stadium. I haven’t spent much time in the South aside from last year’s jaunt to Savannah, so a lot of things were still novel to me. Everybody’s impeccable manners, for example. Not that we’re barbarians up here, but there’s much less small talk and we tend to be a little road rage-ier.
Anyhoodle, Louisville has a part of town called Museum Row. We didn’t have time to see them all, but among the places we did visit 21C was my favorite. It’s combination hotel and contemporary art museum (plus a bar!) that you can explore for free. Parked outside was this sweet ride:
It had license plates, so I guess it’s street legal?! You’d think all of that penny tile would be awesome to the point of distraction for other drivers. And kind of heavy.
On the day there wasn’t any basketball, all of us went on a couple of distillery tours. If any of you have worked your way through the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, we stopped at Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace.
I don’t want to be a Negative Nancy, but I DO want to give you a heads up if you plan to get educational when you’re down there: the tour at Buffalo Trace was not great, Bob. They skipped the entire brewing process and showed us a video. We did get to see the bottling room and one of the storage buildings, which were interesting, but for all of the cool stuff they allegedly have there (93,000 gallon tanks?!) we didn’t get to see them.
Woodford Reserve was wonderful, though. Here’s where they fill the barrels and stamp them before they get rolled to storage for several years.
Building from 1840, holler!
On our last day, the sun finally came out and we skipped over to Churchill Downs, venue for the Kentucky Derby. My mother-in-law and I bought some fascinators on a whim and wore them on the tour, because when do we get to bust out cool headgear in Chicago? That answer is never.
The tour and museum were so well-done that I want to come back for the Derby. I’m sold. Sunshine, mint juleps, and a reason to wear my hat again? YES. I’ve already decided I’m going to work the hat into whatever I am for Halloween, but I still want to wear it for real.
Have you done any traveling lately? Who else has been to Louisville? Let’s all start wearing hats again. Do you have any trips planned this summer?