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Round-Up

A short and sweet round up of our trip – it feels like it lasted for months, in the very best way. We ate so many great things, so many awesome things, sweated A LOT, spent too much money, drove over a thousand miles across Kentucky, went to a drive-thru ATM more than once just for the lolz, and best of all, spent the most time we could with that pair of goofballs. All the heart eyes forever. Next trip cannot come soon enough.

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Bourbon Country

This year, we were lucky to be able to coincide our visit to Kentucky with the annual bourbon festival. Lee was especially pleased that I basically did all the driving so he could do all the sampling.

I highly recommend a road trip around Kentucky. We completed the Bourbon Trail, having done bits of it a couple of times before and picked up our commemorative giant t-shirts in Lexington afterwards.

We also had a poke about Bardstown, aka the most beautiful small town in America, which easily lives up to its name. Lots of quaint little shops, the awesome Bourbon Marketplace, where we spent a happy hour chatting to the very knowledgeable owners about, well, bourbon, and even, gasp, a roundabout to drive the wrong way around (the right way for there, I mean, but wrong for me, I didn’t kill anyone).

The Bourbon All-Star Sampler event, one of the key highlights of the Bourbon Festival was our primary reason to be in town and it was LOADSA FUN. Most of the major distilleries were there alongside some newer ones, some craft makers and representing Cincinnati/Newport, our pals from New Riff – HOLLER.

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All in all, beautiful countryside, warm and welcoming people and sunshine by the bucketload – please go to Kentucky soon.

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#BEDM 10. Wishlist

The theme today is wishlist and when I think of things that I wish I could do, they are invariably related to travel. There are so many places I wish I could visit, and if I stop to think about it too much, I get a little panicked that I’ll never fit it all in (realistically, I will never fit it all in, but let’s not dwell on that).

Part of the problem with fitting it in is that some of the places I’ve already been to, I really want to go back to, so it’s a fine balancing act of exploring the new and revisiting the familiar. I should never have started my San Francisco Pinterest board, let’s face it.

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Of course, the one place I do keep returning to is Cincinnati, Ohio. My cousin and her husband are there and are just the best company and so generous to host us so often. We always have a great time, we tend to save all our shopping up until we’re there, so the time always passes in a whirlwind of shopping, eating, drinking and general merriment.

Even though we’ve visited loads of times now, there is still so much we haven’t done yet. Cincinnati is situated in such a handy location that it’s within easy striking distance of loads of places – we’ve taken the Megabus to Chicago, driven to Nashville, Cleveland, Louisville, stopped off in New York on our way home, not to mention taking in a large part of the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky – Lee’s a big bourbon fan and collector.

I decided to use this post to update my wishlist for our next trip:

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This donut tour of Cincinnati looks awesome, although it’s a crime that Busken’s is not on the list. I’ve never tasted a donut quite like a Busken’s – so light and airy and delicious. SO GOOD.

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Yeah, another food post but check out some of the things on this list – I’ve not even done half of them yet. I’ve never been to Tom + Chee, but check this donut sandwich – my arteries are clogging just looking at it.

front roomThe American Sign Museum has been on my to-see list for a few years now, but we’ve never gotten round to it. Definitely has to be done next time!

This little @rookwoodpottery owl flew into our new home today, a gift from my beautiful cousins in #cincinnati. A little piece of our second home, here with us in Scotland. Such a lovely piece, so finely crafted. Love it ❤️

A visit to the Rookwood Pottery factory, where this little guy is from. I’ve seen lots of it in the wild, but I’d love to see behind the scenes.

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To be honest, most of the things I want to do are food-based. What can I say, I’m a trougher. I’ve never been to Montgomery Inn, a Cincinnati institution. Lee has, and never tires of telling me how much I’ve missed out! Definitely going next time.

The Florence water tower is my favourite thing to see when I’m there (though it’s technically in Kentucky).

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There’s loads more stuff on the list, of course. Check out my Cincinnati Pinterest board for more stuff. Cincinnati is such a dynamic city – always new businesses, shops, restaurants, bars etc opening to try out. I heartily recommend it!