MGT, I have limited experience of Kentucky but wanted to recommend Cincinnati Ohio as a pretty nice city to visit--and you can walk across the Ohio on the pedestrian bridge or, if you are braver, the Roebling Bridge (which resembles his other work, the Brooklyn Bridge, only smaller) and then you will be in Kentucky. Among other things, Cincinnati also has a lovely and preserved train station with a good history museum that includes a little train running around it. It has a fine art museum up on a hill, with a nice neighborhood around it, and you can actually walk downtown from there over all kinds of weird overpasses over highways and you wind up near the old Proctor & Gamble buildings, which are nice to see too. It has brewery tours. The German restaurants are disappointing (as frankly they have become in too many cities) but there is a Turkish restaurant downtown. And the best ice cream in the world. The National Underground RR museum was a bit of a disappointment but the Underground RR associations are also interesting here, Harriet Beecher Stowe lived here, and it is around here Eliza crossed the river to freedom in the famous ice floe scene (which might make you want to walk across the river even more). The only problem is the Cardinal arrives there in the middle of the night AND taxi service can be unreliable, but be sure to do it through your hotel/book in advance.
In Cincinnati you can rent a car and go into Kentucky. I was very UNimpressed with downtown Louisville, but there is a nicer Victorian residential neighborhood in the city, and of course Churchill Downs. And bourbon tours if that is your wont (I would watch the driving then, though!). Frankfort, KY, the tiny state capital, was a nice little town; I enjoyed visiting the capital and the restored street and whatnot, and in the cemetery overlooking the city was a nice view supposedly (but perhaps fraudulently) Daniel Boone's grave.
But if you are in the area, I would strongly recommend visiting Columbus Indiana. Not Ohio, Indiana. It it a small place with an incredible amount of modern architects represented. I'm not saying all their works are gorgeous, some are IMO hideous, and my favorite were the prison and the firehouses . . . but, it's all pretty amazing. Check it out. And you should visit Miller's house and garden--he is the man responsible for getting all the architecture there. I think Saarinen did the house; I forget. You can get a map of all the sites at the Visitor Center.
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Before last month, I had been to Cincinnati only once or twice, but I could have sworn I had lived there. My freshman year roommate, Dargie, grew up there, and, I’m convinced, must have been sent from the tourism board of the future to indoctrinate me with the idea that Cincinnati is one of the greatest places on Earth. Her family even got involved, with shipments of the city’s famous Skyline Chili.
What I’d failed to pick up from those gauzy recollections, though, was just how vibrant and inspiring of an arts scene I would find. Eight years ago, Dargie got married in the impressive Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts, or CAC, designed by Zaha Hadid. I had wandered through hall after hall of floor-to-ceiling pieces by Shepard Fairey, blowing open my impression of an artist I had only seen on Barack Obama campaign posters …
Sorry volks, but it looks like CUT "didn't make the cut".
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GBN, as you know I’m a great fan of CUT. I suspect it was not included in the article since it is essentially a construction zone during the $200m renovation to be completed in November this year. They produce a monthly video update on the progress but here is one that recaps the 2017 work: CUT renovationPosts: 2242 | From: Camden, SC | Registered: Mar 2006
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