Being right next door, it isn’t hard to make many trips dipping into the US, especially when we don’t have any mega-trips planned on the horizon. And somehow 2016 has become the year we visited the States the most (kind of crazy when you think of it since the loonie is not at its best!). After Pittsburgh and Washington (and Ewan’s annual NFL jaunt to Buffalo) we had our final Americana trip of the year: Louisville and Nashville.
The trip came about since Ewan’s cousin was getting hitched in the town where he met his love. Kentucky was perhaps not the top of our to-visit list, but we love the opportunity to check out a new place. We planned a road trip with Ewan’s folks to Nashville, to commemorate a similar USA trip all together a decade before (Atlanta – Savannah – Charleston) and so we were set.
Louisville turned out to be a charming University town, with a dainty little downtown. Our time in the city was mostly committed to spending time with family, which was the point, and also really fun for us since it is so rare to get to see and spend time with all of them. We did get a chance to wander, check out a gallery and pop into the slugger museum. The highlight would have to be our day at Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held, to catch some of the Breeders’ Cup. Mint juleps, beer and betting was had and the weather was surprisingly warm. Perhaps one day we’ll make the Derby, but our visit satisfied my horse-racing itch for a while.
After the celebrations with family, we piled into a rental vehicle and hit the road for Nashville. We booked a completely charming airbnb and had a hard time getting motivated to leave it to go sight see. But sight see we did. We hit downtown Nashville, checking out Broadway Street and popping into Legends Corner (where the live music was great.. This says something since the country ‘n western music that rocks our hometown of Calgary has made me a bit averse to the whole twang thang) and the Johnny Cash Museum. We also pulled nerdy tourists and congregated out of a polling site – it was America’s election day and we felt more abuzz than the locals it seemed. Outside of the heart of Nashville we checked out the full size replica of the Parthenon, the Grand Ol’ Opry and did a day trip jaunt to the town of Franklin and an attempt to check out a plantation (Belle Meade) which we felt to be way too overpriced, so we loitered their guest shop instead.
Overall it was a great getaway and chance to explore a part of the States we likely wouldn’t have otherwise seem for quite some time.