Well, the drive from Monticello to Louisville, Kentucky was over 8 hours over the Appalachians-up hill and down hill-and then as we often do trying to find the campground we missed a direction and had to bicker our way to a little old KOA, which was across the river from Kentucky in Indiana. Tight spaces right next to the railroad tracks, but only minutes to historical downtown Louisville.
We did go into downtown to explore the very next day. We tend to just drive around the historic areas and get a feel for it. We knew that people go to Makers Mark for tours and tasting. We learned that Louisville Slugger has a great tour and you see how they make the bats. Then we heard that the Mohamid Ali museum is incredible. 4th Street has several closed off blocks where music is played and we were hungry so we stopped and ate at the Hard Rock. Russ had heard the beef is extraordinary so he asked the waiter and they had a blue cheese hamburger that was crazy. Well he had it and was uncomfortably full all day long. I had two bites and have got to say it was one of the best burgers I have ever tasted. Then I went back to my Portabello burger and ate my greens and was very comfortable!
Walking back to the car, we had a real treat!! Two gentlemen valets at the Seelback Hilton saw me taking photos of the wonderful building and said, “Do you know about us?” They handed over a 4 page history story and said, “Come in and look around”
It was spectacular. I have never seen marble so beautiful. Some of it is from Italy, Vermont and Switzerland. F. Scott Fitgerald used it for the hotel in the “Great Gatsby” where Tom and Daisy were married. The Rathskeller is pure art. It is all ceramic tiles from a famous Rookwood Pottery. The hotel has been bought and renovated thru the years and has historic murals all around the lobby. We spent an hour and made ourselves at home. Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, JFK, Jimmy Carter and other presidents have stayed there. One of our many surprise treats we fall into as we travel.