Kentucky or Scotland?

Hello Friends.  I hope this day finds you well.  It’s Friday!  Or as some say, FriYay.

Mr. C and I just spent a really fun week vacationing in Lexington, Kentucky in celebration of our 24th wedding anniversary.  Bourbon (whiskey with an ‘e’) is what drew us to explore the area as well as the fact that neither of us had ever before visited the state.  Lexington – if you are not aware – is known as the horse capital of the world and Kentucky is where bourbon began.

Over the week, we took in-depth tours of three of the most famous distilleries in the country (Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark, and Woodford Reserve), ate some delicious meals, drank (and purchased) a little a lot of phenomenal bourbon, and put a WHOLE lot of miles on the convertible driving down some of the prettiest country roads in America.

I knew Kentucky was going to be pretty but I think what took me most by surprise on this trip was the way that central Kentucky reminded me so much of Scotland!  The beautiful, rolling green hills called to mind scenic drives we took through East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

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A wonderful find off the side of the road near Midway, Kentucky.

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Long stretches of nineteenth century dry stone walls still frame many of the roads.  The dry stone technique was brought here by Irish and Scottish stonemasons.

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Many of the oldest buildings we saw (although several centuries newer here in the U.S.) are reminiscent of architecture I have seen in Scotland from earlier centuries.

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The ‘bones’ of an old building at Buffalo Trace distillery that were discovered under a floor.

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The entrance to Lexington Cemetery
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Downtown Versailles, Kentucky

I particularly loved some of the oldest churches that we saw.

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Lexington Cemetery was an incredible find.  I could have spent hours strolling through the 170 acres of history.  I’m not sure Mr. C would be quite so thrilled at that prospect.

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Okay, so I’m not nuts, right?  Scotland!  My Plaid Heart was pretty happy.

Guys, thanks so much for letting me share a little of our trip with you.  Lexington is a fun city with lots to offer and many of the surrounding small towns are wonderful examples of Americana.  I’m pretty sure Mr. C and I will venture back there someday.  I think you would love it too.

By the way, next week I have a very special guest blogger lined up so stay tuned!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

Cheers,

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