I know what you are thinking, that I am now going obsess non-stop about Louisville. Well, maybe, at least for a while until I finish mentioning all the great things I found in Kentucky’s great metropolis.

Today, in the spirit of my usual Friday Finds, I present a wrap-up of a few things discovered on my road trip in, around, and about Louisville.

FF: The Eye of Napoleon exhibition at The Frazier History Museum

EONMore to do in Louisville: a visit to the The Frazier History Museum and its current exhibition – The Eye of Napoleon.

About The Eye of Napoleon exhibition at Louisville’s Frazier History Museum: “The Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky is proud to present a new and magnificent exhibition The Eye of Napoleon. With over 200 works of Napoleon Bonaparte’s paintings, sculpture, jewels, books, furniture and vintage clothing, The Eye of Napoleon is living proof the infamous and ruthless Emperor of France was a complex man. With royal palaces to furnish, and lavish gifts to amass for multiple wives, lovers and family members, Napoleon’s great taste was a powerful asset personally and politically. The Eye of Napoleon, featuring the personal art collection of Napoleon Bonaparte, runs through February 9, 2014. It is both fitting and ironic that The Eye of Napoleon will be showcased in Louisville, the city named after King Louis XVI. It was his younger brother, King Louis XVIII, hardly a chip off the old block, who possessed enough ambition to begin unraveling Napoleon’s reign, both as a conqueror and a connoisseur.”

The Eye of Napoleon exhibition continues at the Frazier History Museum through February 9, 2014.

Visit Louisville’s Frazier History Museum online here.

FF: My Old Kentucky Home State Park

MOLDI mentioned the other day that I stopped by My Old Kentucky Home State Park on my trip to Bardstown, KY on the Bourbon Trail. I actually had a picnic lunch on the grounds as I rested up for my afternoon touring distilleries. The park is devoted to the Kentucky’s iconic state song and the man that wrote it.

About My Old Kentucky Home State Park: “Federal Hill was the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s famous ballad, My Old Kentucky Home. Today, this Georgian-style mansion is as endearing to visitors as it was in 1852, the year Foster wrote what has become the official state song while visiting his cousins, the Rowan family. Step into the days of the antebellum South as costumed guides escort you through the stately mansion and formal gardens.”

Learn more about My Old Kentucky Home State Park here.

FF: Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage by Michael R. Veach

ky_bourbon_whiskey_final.inddWhile preparing for my trip to Bourbon Country, I did some reading to make sure I was up on the history of the spirit and the region. The best book I found on the subject is Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage by Michael R. Veach.

About Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage by Michael R. Veach: “On May 4, 1964, Congress designated bourbon as a distinctive product of the United States, and it remains the only spirit produced in this country to enjoy such protection. Its history stretches back almost to the founding of the nation and includes many colorful characters, both well known and obscure, from the hatchet-wielding prohibitionist Carry Nation to George Garvin Brown, who in 1872 created Old Forester, the first bourbon to be sold only by the bottle. Although obscured by myth, the history of bourbon reflects the history of our nation. Historian Michael R. Veach reveals the true story of bourbon in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Starting with the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, he traces the history of this unique beverage through the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War, Prohibition, the Great Depression, and up to the present.”

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage by Michael R. Veach is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

FF: 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville

21cThere are plenty of hotel options in Louisville, but if you are in town for only one night like I was, it is worth splurging on the totally awesome and brilliantly whimsical 21c Museum Hotel. Part hotel, part museum, 21c Museum Hotel is totally awesome.

About 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville: “Nestled in historic downtown Louisville, 21c Museum Hotel is a 90-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, award-winning restaurant and cultural civic center. 21c stands out among Louisville hotels as an artful alternative to the average. Applauded by Travel & Leisure magazine as ‘one of the most ambitious unions of art and hospitality ever undertaken,’ come sleep with the iconic Red Penguins and experience how our Louisville boutique hotel is redefining the art of modern Southern hospitality.”

Learn more about 21c Museum Hotel – the hotel – here.

Learn more about 21c Museum Hotel – the museum – here.