A Visit To Louisville

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While I did not see all of Louisville, I was impressed with what I did see. The streets I walked were clean and well maintained and the natives were courteous and friendly.

Just outside our hotel was the area called 4th Street Live. This street that is roofed and blocked off to traffic is lined with eateries and clubs and the action continues into the wee hours. I live in the burbs where the streets are rolled up at 11:00 so if was nice to be able stroll around after midnight.

A very short distance away is the Jefferson County Courthouse where I fell in love with this 138 year old sculpture of King Louis XVI who looks out over the city that was named to honor him for his assistance to the colonies during the revolution. The statue originally had it’s home in Montpellier, France but was presented to Louisville as a gift in 1967.

I love the detail on this.

It’s impossible not to notice that folks in Louisville love horses. I saw them everywhere.

The Ohio River was just a few blocks from our hotel. Alongside it is the Galt House Hotel. Twenty-five stories up, at the top of this hotel, is the Revue Restaurant with revolving floors that allow diners a view of the city and river. My husband and I didn’t dine there, but if we ever get to Louisville again, we’d like to.

This is the Belle of Louisville which is the oldest continuously operating steamboat in the U.S.  I would have loved to have taken a dinner cruise on her but was at the waterfront at the wrong time to get tickets.

There was another riverboat there offering cruises as well but I missed that one too. But I did enjoy watching the big riverboats push those long barges down the river.

And I always enjoy watching the waterfowl.

Just a short trip across this bridge lies Jeffersonville, Indiana where I visited the ancient fossil beds but I’ll save those for another photo essay.

 

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