Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Louisville, however you say it, the "S" is silent

I cringe when I hear folks say Lewisville when referring to Kentucky's largest city. Admittedly, not as bad as when they say Ell-ah-noise for the state of my birth. That "S" is also quite silent. As a child we made regular visits to Louisville, because my grandparents had retired to Corydon, IN a small town not far away. Growing up we called it Louie-ville. In college at UK, I learned to pronounce it as the natives do, Looavull.

I only lived in Louisville for a couple of years. However, it is a city of significant events in my life. Met my husband there (while we were living 4 hours apart on opposite sides of the commonwealth), got married there, and our kiddo was born in Louisville. All of which make it a city near and dear to my heart. So when I discovered we'd be going on a trip to Lexington (click here to read that one), I suggested we add a night here.

Spent most of our time wandering around downtown. Last I saw this city was in 2001 as I followed the moving van out of town. Hubby has been back on a couple of business trips, and was dying to show me the new (well, new to me) entertainment district on 4th Street. This downtown area runs roughly from the Convention Center south to the Seelbach Hotel (with the final block closed to traffic and under an open ended roof). Shops, restaurants, bars, lots and lots of bars and nightclubs, this is the hub of the city nightlife. As we walked through, crews were setting up a stage - no doubt for a band after that evening's UofL vs. UC football game.

From the Fourth Street Live district we headed north towards the river. Passing the Humana Building. If you've ever wondered what Michael Graves designed before going to work for Target, this would be one example.
I'd forgotten how wide the Ohio River is at this point. Remarked that it is a wider river at Louisville than the Mississippi is at St Louis. Then remembered that is is the Ohio River that makes the Mighty Mississippi so mighty - when the two rivers join south of St. Louis, the Ohio is the larger of the two. Glad to see the Belle docked in her usual berth, looking as fine as always.

Got a kick out of these signs along the river edge.
Other notable sights, the new KFC Yum Center (where on December 31st the Cats will kick some Cardinal ass), Riverfront Park, Louisville Slugger Field ..........

...............and a bit of urban art - a chicken sculpture grouping that I couldn't quite wrap my head around.

The piece, or rather pieces, of urban art I was thrilled to discover was the bike racks. When I noticed the first one, I thought "how interesting, someone is using that art to lock their bike"....then I started noticing more bikes locked up to other pieces of sculpture. Finally noticed the plaque on the ground next to each.
This put me on a quest to find as may as possible. I'm sure I just scratched the surface, but here's a few.
Ended our trip with a great anniversary dinner at Ruth's Chris. This Ruth's Chris has been the site of other celebrations....how perfect that this trip would take us back the weekend of our anniversary. The restaurant is on the top floor of Kaden Tower, and just happens to overlook Suburban Hospital, where kiddo was born. And gave a nice view of the skyline at sunset.

Driven to and from the restaurant by "Rasta Cab", a charming taxi driver, who answers his phone with that name. Saved his number for a future trip. Which as with Lexington, need to make a point of not letting so much time pass between visits.

1 comment:

  1. Touring the city in a taxi is a nice experience to have when you visit another place.

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