KaLightoscope Christmas at The Galt House
November 18 - 20, 2011

11.21.11 - Thank you so much for the Kalightoscope trip to The Galt House in Louisville, KY! It was a wonderful trip and it was so much fun from start to finish! You did a great job with everything!!  Thanks so much!!       Andrea G.

11.21.11 - The whole trip was awesome. I finished my Xhristmas decorating today, because I got in the HO HO HO spirit this weekend. :)   Nancy Z.

 

Christmas was everywhere at The Galt House in Louisville! 

While our bags were being taken to our room upon arrival, we saw a superb surround film on Kentucky's history. 

First is the lovely rooms and pictures taken from the window in our room.

The walkway that connected the 2 hotel towers.  This walkway contained a lounge and bar area which was beautifully decorated.

There was an aquarium inside the length of the bar.  The bar and lounge was so busy, I cold not get a good picture of the aquarium.

And the bridge connecting Indiana and Kentucky, which is under construction.

The lobby area on the 2nd Floor where the restaurant is located.

We then went at our leisure to the KaLightoscope exhibit.  These displays were made in China from silk, which explains the extraordinary bright colors.  I don't think you can achieve colors like this from any fabric other than silk.

Santa greeted us as we entered the exhibit.

Some of the homemade gingerbreads houses in their competition.

And then the Snow Fairy and her castle.

The below picture shows the inside of the gingerbread house and how all of these displays are made.

And you see that Paul, our driver, signed the Naughty List.

This evening we attended the Colors of the Season dinner show at The Galt House.  Great singing and performance. 

I always mean to take a picture of my meal, but when it comes, I seem to just dig in and start eating.  But here is desert.

There was a darling little girl about 5 years old who was so caught up in the show.  She was adorable!  I wish I had gotten a picture of her with a huge smile on her face sitting on the steps of this stage in the center of the room.

We had breakfast in the morning at the hotel before picking up Gene, our step-on guide, for a city tour.  This man was amazing!  At one point on the tour, he asked that someone give him a year and he can tell us what horse won the Kentucky Derby.  So I gave him my birth year, 1947, and the words Jet Pilot immediately spewed from his mouth, with all information about the race, the horse's parents, birth year, date of death, etc.  He could have given us any answer and we'd not have known.  Well, I just checked the Internet and guess who won the 1947 Kentucky Derby - Jet Pilot!  After finding he was correct, I wasn't about to check out if he was correct with his other information.  I'm a believer!  He almost looks like he should be a jockey, doesn't he?

The University of Louisville Stadium.

Churchill Downs

The second largest clock in the world.

Falls of the Ohio

Statue of Lewis and Clark.

After a marvelous city tour, we dropped Gene off at the hotel and headed to Mega Caverns.  It's approximately 1 1/2 miles of lighted displays in which we drove through on our bus.

We had some down time before our dinner theatre this evening, so we took a hop over to Horseshoe Casino and 1 1/2 hours.  One of our passengers who is not a casino person went to Paula Deen's for lunch.  Then it was to the hotel for an hour when we were greeted on the sidewalk by the cutest little elf.

Then Saturday evening we headed to Derby Dinner Playhouse for the Sander Family Christmas performance.  Of course, no photos are allowed during the performance.

It was back to the hotel for the evening, but first, some of us had go to the lounge and try a Mint Julep.

Sunday morning, we packed our bags to head for home, but stopped in Ferdinand, Indiana for Christkinlmrkt and a tour of the Monastery Immaculate Conception, which was founded in 1840. 

"Children Reading", a darling statue outside the Ferdinand Library.

Our tour guide, Sister Mary Andre, was a marvelous tour guide and gave us plenty of time to take in the beauty of this magnificent building.

This picture was hand stitched in 1867.

And, of course, a last stop at the gift shop before departing for home.