Drove through the night. It took just over 10 hours to get from Toronto to Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Drove through Michigan, Ohio. Saw Cincinnati lit up in the night and was impressed by its size and beauty.
I’m at Heine Brother’s, a popular coffee shop chain, sipping an iced cappuccino. The smallest size could be considered a large in Toronto. The cafe connects to Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville’s oldest independent bookstore. A lovely little store, it’s literally crammed full with books. I browsed through some of the local writers’ books, and was interested to see a shelf dedicated to stories about the ghosts that haunted Louisville. I was intrigued. Several of the books were by the same writer, David Domine, who was considered an authority – he even did guided tours. I couldn’t resist reading about the ghosts roaming through “the spookiest Victorian neighbourhood in the nation,” and paid $21.95 for his book Ghosts of Old Louisville.
I searched for books by Canadian writers and found that they carried a few titles by Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. You can, however, go online to their website and order most of the books you would find in Toronto.
Oddly enough, the first book that caught my eye when I walked into the bookstore was The Impossible State: North Korea Past and Present by Victor Cha. It was placed right by the entrance and impossible to miss.
Lonely Planet named Louisville its top tourist destination for 2013. I didn’t know that when I agreed to visit. We were here to attend the first ever Pokécon – a convention dedicated to my daughter’s beloved Pokémon. It didn’t take long though to see that Louisville was a beautiful place, worthy of Lonely Planet’s title.