LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY Girls Weekend Getaway

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August 7, 2015

Recently my daughter and I  enjoyed a weekend in Louisville, Ky.  Louisville is a pretty city with friendly Louisvillians  and a wide choice of  things to see and do for  entertainment.    But, the first thing you should  know is that  Louisville is not  pronounced “”Louisville”.   The proper pronunciation is LOO-A-VUL.

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Looavul is probably best known for the  Churchill Downs/ Kentucky Derby and the Bourbon Trail which consists of  10 distilleries.   We visited  neither.

We chose  instead to see the  Kentucky Slugger  Museum and Factory for our 1st  Looavul  adventure.

In 1884,   J. F. Hellerich’s woodworking shop  made the first Louisville Slugger  .   Originally  it  would take  30 minutes for a  bat to be crafted.  With today’s automation  it only takes about 3 minutes.  The  impressive 120 foot bat  that leans outside of the Museum and Factory was placed there in 1995.  It’s made of  carbon steel and hand painted. Weighing  68,000 pounds, it is hollow and is the exact-scale replica of Babe Ruth’s bat.

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We learned everything we needed to know how a bat is crafted  from the tree to the final finish. Very enjoyable tour.

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By the way,  if you don’t need a bat, perhaps  you need an Official Louisville Slugger Rocker or  Louisville Slugger bike?   Don’t forget to also check out the  museum ‘s  display regarding   Topps baseball ( and more) collectible cards.  Then  say hello to  a few of the great baseball legends who are  available for photos.

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That’s me and Bath Ruth  after he slammed one of the building.

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The  beautiful and historic Cave Hill cemetery also welcome tourists.  We took a brief drive through Cave Hill   to pay respects to Coronal Sanders, founder of  Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants.

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Then  onward  for a  tram tour  through  Mega Caverns.  It  was a chilly and unusually interesting limestone  cave that  was mined  from 1930 – 1970’s with a dual purpose to be used as a fall out  shelter,  if needed,  during the days of the Cold War.    The cave  is about 100 acres in size and is now  classified as the largest building in Kenucky.  The underground  is privately owned.   It is used for business, storage, recycling, tourism with a zip line, ropes course,  mountain bike park,  and an annual  holiday light display.   

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Uniquely, there is a company in Louisville called Cuddle Clones.   Their web sight is most intriguing,  explaining how they can make a stuffed replica or figurine of your pet.   Cuddle Clones has made look-a-likes  for dogs, cats, guinea  pigs,  birds  and a horse,  just to name a few.  Plus  the owner donates a portion of  each sale to pet causes all over the world.   Please check out her web sight:     http://www.cuddleclones.com/about-cuddle-clones.html

You have to love the ingenuity!

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Lastly, we  enjoyed a stroll through  ” Old Louisville” – a beautiful  neighborhood known for its  historical and  stately Victorian homes.  There are several walking and driving tours to help guide the way.   The first  house  pictured is the Conrad-Caldwell House that was built in 1893.  Tours  are available.

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The  wonderful  carving is of the local lamp lighter from days  gone by.

Hope you enjoyed this brief tour of  Looavul !

Thanks for traveling with us!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jeannieadams
    Sep 01, 2015 @ 11:26:26

    Judy – I didn’t know that about Babe Ruths bat! You would think he would tell me that when I had my photo taken with him! Lol

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  2. judy Ludwig
    Sep 01, 2015 @ 10:59:24

    You forgot to mention that the Slugger museum had Babe Ruth’s bat on display with his etched marks near the handle for every home run he hit! I loved the museum but then again I played softball all of my life and loved watching baseball with dad! Churchill Downs was fun too see too interesting on where it was situated. Loved the houses in old Louisville! Glad you two had fun!

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  3. Maureen
    Aug 31, 2015 @ 08:02:41

    Once again, you managed to find unique locations that I totally missed in Louaville! My cousins, who lived there for a few years, didn’t even mention them. So congratulations on sniffing out the truly interesting sites vs. the tourist traps.

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