Here’s a helpful travel tip for you: never fly to Louisville from Baltimore the day after the Preakness, because the flight will be full. We didn’t have much choice in the matter as Michael had a conference to attend and we wanted to get there a little early in order to have some fun, but in the future, we will be avoiding that particular weekend unless we’re flying there on a Saturday instead.
The thing is, though, is that I would go to Louisville again. This city is perfect for a long weekend of eating well, walking around downtown, ridesharing to the other neighborhoods and drinking all of the bourbons. They have a whole Urban Bourbon Trail that I actually wrote about at length at my other site, and it really is the perfect way to get yourself acquainted with the city; one of the reasons I want to go back is to check out the locations outside of downtown and ideally get myself some quality barbecue at the same time. Michael gets to go back for another conference at the time of this writing, and I’m hoping our map of fun guides him and his colleagues to some excellent experiences.
What I found to be the most remarkable about our time in Louisville is how frankly the city acknowledges not only its history as being part of a slave-holding state but also its role in the Civil Rights movement. If you head down Fourth Street towards the famous Brown Hotel, you’ll be going right in the direction of the former Theater Row where there were a number of movie palaces and theaters back in the day. Most of them are gone, but what’s interesting is that one was turned into a live events theater, another was turned into a marketplace of sorts, and a third was gutted save for its box office, marquee, and iconic sign. There is a series of sculpture-plaques that mark specific moments from sit-ins protesting these theaters (as well as other establishments along the street) that had policies of discrimination. Given that I’m posting this so close to Juneteenth, it feels appropriate to acknowledge this history and how it has played out over the years and how far we still need to go.
I’ll be writing more about our time there in upcoming posts, including sharing what I learned about the fine art of bourbon tasting and some highlights from the Urban Bourbon Trail.