Oh Kentucky!!

First off let me start by saying I have always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby but never made it there. Of course with my amazing job I am given the opportunity to travel around the world and experience things that others sometimes don't have the luxury of doing. I absolutely fell in love with Louisville,Kentucky it is so rich in art and history every corner you turn you see something that grabs your attention.

My crew and I were there in the middle of the week so it was the usual hustle and bustle in downtown but that didn't stop us from checking things off our "things to do list". Our first stop was at Heine Brothers which is a local cafe, I mean sure there was a Starbucks right there but why go to Starbucks when you can go to this cute and amazing coffee shop. Unfortunately I am not a coffee drinker so I ordered a water and a cinnamon strudel, we sat right at the window that faced the busy downtown area. The staff was so nice and very willing to tell us all of the wonderful places to visit, this coffee shop is a must go to spot in Louisville.
After our mini coffee break we were off to visit the 21C Hotel and Museum. From the moment you walk up to the hotel you see these red penguins on the rooftop and once you walk inside you are surrounded by amazing art and positive vibes.I was very intrigued by the red penguins and had no idea what they had to do with the hotel but the art was absolutely amazing. There are two levels to the art gallery my favorite part had to be the area right when you get to the hotel elevator, if you aren't careful it will catch you off guard. You are standing there and you see yourself on the wall and for a split second you are like wait? how did... wait? and before you know it you are standing there for at least five minutes dancing in front of this wall with letters falling all around you and every move you make the letters move with you.  Of course I used this moment as a Snapchat slow motion video (I couldn't pass it up)
Once we finally captured all the photos we were off to the elevator and the moment you step in there you instantly look up and see this amazing piece of art in the ceiling. There was art everywhere you turned and I was truly able to appreciate the amount of time and skill each artist brought to their art. Every piece was different and the lighting was perfect, every piece of art was given the perfect amount of shine, We entered into the Linda Adele Goodine art gallery room and I was taken aback. Every photo was unique and there was a mini explanation of what she was trying to convey in her photo. After gazing at all of the wonderful art I headed to the front desk to get some information on those red penguins on the hotel rooftop. The lady at the front desk was so kind and really took the time to ensure that she educated us on the uniqueness of the penguins. Laura Lee which is the owner of the 21C hotels went to Venice with her husband and they saw these red penguins created by the Cracking Art Group and they fell in love with them. Laura Lee trademarked the penguins so that only  the 21C hotels could use them, the penguins are their statement piece, each hotel has their own color penguins.
Linda's Art Exhibit 
After we left the hotel we ran into the Golden David, til this day I am not sure of the purpose of the Golden David but it is huge! You have to see it for yourself!!

We headed over to the Muhammad Ali Museum and this moment had to be the highlight of my trip. I kept commenting on the style of the building and how the tiles at the top didn't add anything to the building (this was before I discovered the magic of the tiles). We walked inside and although we decided not to tour the museum due to the time we had left we were able to glance around the gift shop and snap a few photos around the museum. I will be returning soon so I can experience the museum.

After leaving the museum we headed down to the river which was beautiful I will be returning to go on the steamboat once the weather warms up! We stayed at the Galt House which was absolutely AMAZING  actually it was spectacular!! Everyone was so friendly and they were very welcoming, of course there are many perks to staying at the Galt House. For one Thelma's is opened 24/7 so if you get hungry in the middle of the night just throw on some clothes and head down to the third floor and order you some amazing food for an affordable price. The bar area was really nice they had fish swimming in the bar, yes fish swimming in the bar, I was memorized to say the least.
The Galt House is filled with shops through out the hotel just about anything you want or need you can get there from their liquor store to their men and women clothing stores there's something for everyone. I highly recommend this hotel for any event or even if you just want to plan a getaway.
No matter what floor you stay on you get an amazing view of the city before you get on the elevator, this was when I discovered the amazing craftsmanship behind the tiles at the Muhammad Ali Museum, in the tiles you can see Muhammad's different fighting stances! Oh don't worry I took photos!
I was able to go back the following week to reconnect with some family members and boy that was fun!!


Thank you Louisville for the amazing food and for the rich history you offer. Until Next Time
All Photos By: Trice Camm




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