A few days in Louisville, Kentucky

A great tour with some beautiful photos of downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

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Adventures in Real Life

What do you think of when you think of Kentucky?

For me it’s fried chicken (Hello KFC), but apparently it’s also famous for bourbon, horse racing, and baseball bats and even though it’s November and definitely not tourist season, there was lots to see that kept things exciting.

There is a lot of beautiful old buildings around town. I daresay I’ve seen about as many old Victorian buildings and architectural eyecandy as I did in Chicago. The beautiful fall weather just meant that I was able to wander around these rich neighbourhoods at ease. This is one of my favourite houses – full of pumpkins for Halloween. How many can you count?

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Their public library is just jaw dropping. I half expected it to be filled with Latin books. The inside isn’t as spectacular as the outside, but it’s a pretty high bar to beat!

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This is the “Door to Nowhere”, the…

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48 Hours in Louisville – City Guide to Sites, Dining, Shopping and More

Great guide to some awesome places to visit in Louisville, Kentucky.

Alicia Tastes Life

Welcome To Kentucky

Louisville is a five-hour drive from Chicago but a world away, full of Bourbon, Kentucky Fried Chicken, horses and changing neighborhoods. Here are must-do activities to experience some of the best food, drink, shopping and sites of Louisville in a short amount of time.

Day 1 – Morning: From the Marriott Louisville Downtown head to Market Street to get to NuLu, also known as East Market District. This neighborhood is rapidly changing, a.k.a getting hipsterfied, and is a mix of industrial companies, restaurants, shops and galleries.  My prediction: in five years it will be over-saturated with shops and chains, however, now it has a great vibe with interesting art and people.

Grab a coffee and pastry at Please & Thank You. Sit outside to people watch or stay inside and pick out some vinyl from the record store in the back. Then

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Nulu: The Revitalized East Market District

“NuLu” means “New Louisville” and is home to great antique shops, restaurants and speciality stores in the East Market District. Be sure to check out the 7th annual NuLu Fest Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Map of Nulu

Nulu, one of Louisville’s oldest, yet newly reawakening neighborhoods – and my personal favorite brunch locale.

Also known as the East Market District, Nulu is situated between downtown and the Highlands right along Market street. The East Market District earned its name in the 19th century as it became the center for retail and services in Louisville. Imagine hundreds of cows and pigs in route to the stock yard being corralled down Market street while you sort through apples at the local grocer or have your suit fit at the tailor. That was the scene in the 1800s and early 1900s.

Growth of commercial suburbs in the 1960s and 70s lead to economic and cultural decline on Market. The once bustling district became rundown and vacant, soon occupied by the homeless. It was actually federally classified as a “distressed area.”

Changes came in the early 2000’s as local business owners saw the…

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