The bluegrass and Kentucky bluegrass, is a herbaceous plant from the region whose center is Lexington. It covers the fields witha green blanket (the blue color refers to its flowers) and is amazing. During and last trip I had time to devote to nature and bluegrass could only see it from a distance, usually from the car. So I took a visit to this park to have some kind of contact with this landscape that only can be found in this part of the United States. Jacobson Park is a large public park (19 hectares) in the center of which is a large lake in which you can navigate renting rowboats. It is located on the outskirts of Lexington, towards Boonesboro. Access is by car as there is ample space to park inside. It is a park very carefully, perfectly mowed grass with many facilities. It is designed for people to spend the day here, so there are barbecues and a picnic area. There are also plenty of ducks, follow you everywhere and even accept food from your hand. And brown, wide meadows of bluegrass that even in the month of August are uniformly green and shiny.
This large bookshop is part of a chain of independent stores from large U.S. publishers, based in Lexington, Kentucky. More than a bookstore, it is the dream of every book lover (and media): A giant space devoted to literature. Over two large floors are spread a huge amount of books you can read without any qualms. You only go near the till if you have to pay. The place is littered with chairs. There's even a cute little bar with a fireplace in the winter that burns a magnificent log fire. The library is located at Lexington Green, a mall in the ring road of the city which is different as the most important store is not a Wal-Mart or Sears, but a space dedicated to book lovers. Just like it should be.
Compared to many airports around the world, and in the United States, the Blue Grass airport is very local because it only offers domestic flights. For passengers that need to travel international, they will need to connect somewhere else. Perhaps because of this, it is pretty easy to get through this airport and security is not even essential. It has basic cafe, souvenir shop and I must comment playground impressive decoration and posters from you land begins to see, putting on top of the horses, knowing that the riding is one of its strengths and traditions .
Kentucky is a state known mainly for two things: horses and bourbon. However, its greatest treasure is called Bluegrass area in the north of the state and whose geographic center is the city of Lexington. It is a landscape of undulating fertile soil and ideal for the grass, in which the dominant species is a herb called Blue Grass. Around Lexington and extending to several dozen kilometers, the landscape is like showing my photos: Pastures, fences and horses. I took these photos in winter, so you can't quite see how lovely the pastures are because they are covered in snow. The Blue Grass is called blue grass because if it grows to its maximum, the grass turns green. But this is something that never happens in Kentucky, where the grass is always perfectly mowed. It is amazing to see the vast expanses of meadows, sparkling green, with its elaborately painted white fences and huge amounts of horses grazing and roam freely. It is a lovely place to visit and take some nice photos.
One of the main attractions are its state of Kentucky Bourbon distilleries, most of which offer guided tours. They are big companies with huge facilities, many of them historic. In the United States are now fashionable micro-distilleries, small companies that offer high-end products in small print runs, for demanding consumers. Kebtucky Ale is one of these small distilleries, although workhorse not the bourbon (who also produced) but cerverza, an ale (top fermented beer). It is in a small facility and visits are generally short, but it is still worth a stop to get an idea of how the process works. Outside are several hops plants, the plant whose flower is flavored beer, which I had never seen. I enjoyed getting to touch the hops flowers ... At the end of the trail there is a small Tasting and an opportunity to purchase. Although the doses being served are minimal, it is important to be careful because they are quite strong beers..
The Museum of History is in a beautiful building that was built in 1901 and once housed the offices of the judiciary and the courts of the county of La Fayette, located in the heart of Lexington, is now the Museum of History of the City of Lexington, in the region of Blue Grass and Kentucky. Inside are permanent and temporary exhibitions. The exhibitions guide you through the history of America.
There was an impressive cold spell in February 2008. This did not stop us from going one morning to the Horse Park, a landmark in the city and a "must" if you are from Lexington, because we get excited by the any subject that involves horses, riding skills, stables, meadows, races. In short: this hobby is common in Blue Grass. The sculptures of horses are beautiful, each representing a champion, a hero. In the administrative area there is a souvenir shop, and what else is there to say, you can find everything: pillows, blankets, books, photos, posters, glasses, liquor, games, clothes. An endless list of products with the equestrian seal!
Unlike 99.99% of my countrymen I am a big baseball fan and in my travels to the United States the sport always has a special place for me. This was my first time traveling with my family (not counting an Orlando Christmas trip, where we had no time for anything but theme parks), so we had different priorities, but I still knew that I needed to see some baseball! I wanted to see the Chicago Cubs play, but as the stadium is small, it's hard to get tickets. I had the chance to see a game in Cincinnati, but I'm not exactly a fan of the Reds and the prices also rose to $ 100 apiece. In the end, some friends in Lexington, Kentucky, invited us to watch one of their local team's games. So we went to see the Legends, who play in the A category, the lowest in professional baseball.
The Legends play their home games at Applebee's Park, with a capacity for 6,500 spectators. It's not much, but compared to the stadiums where baseball is played in Spain, it was a marvel. For six dollars each, we had great front row seats next to first base ... A luxury. We were lucky that it was the 'Fan Appreciation Day', the day when the clubs thank the crowd for their loyalty during the season (late August), usually with gifts and special performances. The American environment is incredible: everyone stands to sing the national anthem, eats hot dogs and drinks beer, and cheers loudly for the home team! And in the end, there were fireworks. Overall we had a blast for 400 or 500 euros less than it would have cost in Chicago, and we enjoyed a genuine atmosphere of the American heartland.
Previously known as the Children's Museum, in Lexington, the Explorium is a toy library in the centre of the city that begs to be explored. It has various activities about science, art, nature and the environment as well as interactive games and exhibitions. As Lexington is known worldwide for the equine species within the Explorium there is a permanent exhibition to learn about horses.
This square is a beautiful Victorian building complex. It has been restored and adapted to modern times, but I have visited it at various times, and each time found it desolate. Many of the places in the square were empty and those that weren't empty were not inviting to come in. Perhaps in order to highlight the local university, there were some fun souvenir shops. Besides shopping, there are a couple of bars in the streets serving fast food and an Italian restaurant decorated with beautiful murals. There was an area of access to offices that was a bit busier, but still very empty for me to understand this strategic mall center in the historic center. I know one of the great challenges of managing Lexington - La Fayette is to recover the historical center, to give more life though is a difficult thing in many American cities that manage a larger urban scale, where the private car is the main mode of transport; its not like in Europe where there are many pedestrian zones. Hopefully soon, during the right season, I can see Lexington street life, because its architecture deserves to be the setting for a daily life.