Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Loo-a-vul....Loo-e-ville.....Low-a-vul....fun weekend!

This past weekend we took a quick trip to Louisville (pronounced Loo-a-vul for all you non-Kentuckians out there).

Please ignore the fact that I look quite stumpy in this picture.  It's the angle, I tell you!

The highlight of the trip, by far, was seeing Les Miserables.  It was incredible.  Amazing.  Awesome!  I loved it!

While we were hanging around the city we decided to take a tour.  I know, we have lived in this area for years - almost a decade - but I personally have seen very little of the city outside of the few specific places we visit (ZOO!).  After searching through a few different tours, I settled on City Taste Tour.

Book a tour with them.



We had so much fun!  The two ladies who own it, Leslie and Eli, make a great team.  We learned alot about Louisville's history, visited some important historic sites, and....wait for it....ATE our way through the city.

Yes, that is what I said.

Our first stop was Schimpff's Confectionery.

They are the oldest continously run, family-operated candy maker in the U.S. 

Or, something like that.

They make really good stuff and have a fun cand museum.

Ted's Kisses, anyone?  Always a pleasure...

I didn't know I loved Fat Emma, but mmkay...

Yeah, take a guess what she's got...

We also had the chance to visit this amazing old mansion.  Did you know Louisville can boast the largest Victorian neighborhood in the U.S.?

This particular mansion was built for a family's retirement home.  Can you imagine what their earlier homes looked like??

Fantastic details hinting toward their French heritage...

But, back to more food....

A visit to Nords, a box full of beautiful sugar cookies, a bag of benyas, and...

bacon donuts!!

They were delicious!

We also drove around Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetary and stopped for a quick peek at Colonel Sanders' gravesite.

Going back into town, we found Lady GaGa's bus parked outside of the Yum! Center.  She was doing a concert that night and - oh my! - the fans were something to watch!  Did you know that caution tape is acceptable clothing?  Yeah, I didn't either!

The kids had a blast back at home with Nana and Plap Plap.  Libby went back to Pennsylvania with them and will be there for the next few weeks.  She loves her time on the farm, and we love the time to have some fun adventures with Anna.

Stay tuned....