Blogs from Louisville, Kentucky, United States, North America


Time flies (tempus fugit) when fun is being had. Most of the time, I feel that horse racing is definitely cruelty to animals. But the race horses are magnificent animals, and I am willing to set aside my personal feelings for the "most exciting two minutes in sports." Gerry (comments in bold) Emails from our trip to Churchill Downs back in 2008. We are headed to Louisville, Kentucky on some free United tickets we got last year when we voluntarily bumped ourselves off of a flight to Washington DC. We do not know what to expect, but we hear the Kentucky Derby is the largest party in the world (it is) and the most exciting two minutes in sports (ditto). We also hear that there is a famous horse race that day as well. I bought ... read more
She was the winner, in my opinion
Famous Churchill Downs
Expensive hats!!!!

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville March 5th 2014

The time has come folks. This will be the last post that I will write on this site. My life is no longer the constant travel and wanderlust that it once was, and as such doesn't really have a place on a travelblog website. Alas! All things must come to pass, and this blog is no different. However, all is not lost! I have started a new blog on! This new blog will have a different feel - not so much about travel anymore as it is about my birthday goals that you all have come to know and love. So jet on over to: and subscribe to my new blog! I'd love to have you check it out! And for those of you who just loved my travel blog here, and want to ... read more

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville October 4th 2013

Outside of the trail my father and I took the opportunity to see what else the great state of Kentucky has to offer. Horse racing and bourbon go hand in hand in Kentucky. While we were unable to catch a race we were able to tour Keensland and The Churchill Downs. The Downs is where the Kentucky Derby is held and they have a great museum of the sport. We enjoyed a traditional Mint Julep at the Derby Cafe and got to see where the millionaire rows were. My sister would have really enjoyed the downs. I could picture her strutting around with her fancy hat drinking a julep. While we were in Louisville, we enjoyed the Urban Bourbon Trail, which basically was a pub crawl that takes you all over the city. It was fun. ... read more
Mint Julep
The Taste
The Original Hot Brown

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville July 19th 2013

Aaaaaaaanndd they're off!! Months of planning and anticipation culminated in our (almost) on time departure this morning, leaving the US Capital in our rear view mirror for a month as we steer the loaded-down 21st century model family truckster westward. As Todd encouraged the kids to rise to the occasion for the next 28 days by exhibiting more than their typical level of patience and flexibility it didn't take long for our first opportunity to model the same to arise. Within a few hours of driving, the conversation went something like: (Tap, tap, tap, tap) Marcia: "Would whoever is making that tapping noise please stop?" (tap, tap, tap, tap) Marcia: "I mean it - stop tapping!" (Tap, tap, tap, tap) Marcia (twisting around to discover no one is tapping): "Huh, that can't be good." After opening ... read more
Do Not Open
Ready to Roll
Departure Time

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville February 21st 2013

If you're trying to be miserable, it's important you don't have any goals. No school goals, personal goals, family goals. Your only objective each day should be to inhale and exhale for sixteen hours before you go to bed again. Don't read anything informative, don't listen to anything useful, don't do anything productive. If you start achieving goals, you might start to feel a sense of excitement, then you might want to set another goal, and then your miserable mornings are through. To maintain your misery, the idea of crossing off your goals should never cross your mind. -John Bytheway, How to Be Totally Miserable Welcome back to my blog! If you are a new reader then surely nothing seems awry. However, if you are an old companion, then you must realize how historically rare it ... read more


North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville October 24th 2012

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. -Nathaniel Hawthorne Autumn is probably the best season of the year in which to spend some quality time in the great out of doors. As anybody who has spent October in central Kentucky, you probably already know that there are few places on earth more autumnly awesome than right here. And yes, I most certainly just made up that phrase, but this season has a tendancy to create exhaltations of glee, frequently involving the word "awesome". The colors are breath-taking, the temperature can be "just right" (i.e. usually somewhere between the surface-of-the-sun heat in mid June and the wet cloudy cold that is January), everything smells fantastic, and even the wind sounds like it is singing. However, when you're camping ... read more

Lots to do and lots to see! We began with the Muhammad Ali Center- a museum that tells the story of a fighter, activist and charity volunteer. The films and exhibits show his life as a fighter, his media speeches and his charity work. You can even watch old films of some of his memorable fights. The show him taunting his opponents in the media and his victory dance after a knockout. We went to the Oaks, the big race before the Derby wearing pink-the signature color of the race. The official flower is a lily and they even have a drink named one! It comes in a souvenir glass, but don’t try to bring any glass to the track THAT, they take away . We signed up for the Urban Bourbon Trail with a passport ... read more
our seat at the Oaks
Muhammad Ali

There’s a certain energy in the air here in Louisville cause its Derby week. Although many of the locals I’ve talked to say they’ve never been , there is still a party atmosphere. Guess its kinda like New Yorkers and Times Square on New Years eve. The band Velcro Pygmy’s I saw last night at 4th street live talked about skipping school and going to work all week with a hangover. They were a Heavy Metal cover band complete with a horn section and choreographed head banging, or so I thought till they played a few old favorites like 867 5309 and Jessie’s Girl but they were a lot of fun to watch. Yesterday I found the Main street trolley-a free trolley that I used for a city orientation. I walked the waterfront ,saw all ... read more
game time
Galt house

Arrived in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday evening on May 3rd, 2012...immediately off to enjoy Bourbon mint juleps at the can't beat that...and the evening finished in outdoor bar scenes called Fourth Street Live!... The next day we are off to Muhammad Ali commemorate his life, profession and charities... Then lunch at a local pizza place...delicious... After a delicious meal, we are off wandering the downtown streets of is interesting that they have something historical to say at every Then it was time to check out Kentucky Oaks at Churchill first it was very hot...Astrid and I had to take shades from a cop car...hilarious...what is even more hilarious was we got rained on...and were we've truly experienced horse racing in scorching hot weather and horse racing in... read more
Astrid n Me at Churchill Downs
Astrid n Me at Infield
Me by the Official Derby Truck

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville February 13th 2012

In two days we will be leaving for St. Louis with our posse. This is the first step of the journey toward Oregon for my internship. Derek and I have been a little frantic trying to move everything out and close the book on our house, the Crucible. It was especially sad to leave Roberre the cat at Margaret's mom's house yesterday. We are excited and feeling pretty good! Goodbye Kentucky St.!... read more

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