Saying Goodbye to Nashville

When I get to the end of a trip to a city I often have lots of miscellaneous pictures to share that I group all together. These are the “quick hit” visits that we squeeze in around other things and here they are. Overall I would say we liked Nashville, but personally I wouldn’t want to live there. The city is definitely going through some major growing pains and is on the brink of a major transition. That being said I definitely think it is a “must see” city. Here are a few more reasons why.

Although the Bluebird Cafe (as featured in the show Nashville) was closed to music events it was open for two hours one day to look inside and buy souvenirs. It is an incredibly small venue and you could feel the history in the room. The employees were really open about letting us walk around and take pictures and even though it was a short visit I was so happy to see it. This is something I would definitely like to do again post COVID.

When I read about the “to scale” replica of the Parthenon I wasn’t sure what to expect but it turned out to be really cool. It is surrounded by a huge lawn for live events and the day we went there were some peaceful protests happening. We chose not to go into the museum inside, but really loved taking pictures.

Really close by there was a beautiful sculpture that honored the Women’s Voter Movement. This is one of the best of these I have ever seen and I was thrilled to learn one of the main women in the Women’s Voter movement was from Nashville.

Another sculpture that is very controversial in Nashville is a huge sculpture in the middle of a main traffic circle. What I like about the statue was every face was a different ethnicity. What I thought was unnecessary was the nudity. Don’t get me wrong, in some contexts nude statues are fine, but this is a huge statue in the middle of a bible belt city and frankly I could have gotten the message without it. Probably more so as it is a distraction from the point imho.

We did see this cool bike rack near the statue though that had the spiraled cord as the place the bikes went.

We did see this cool bike rack near the statue though that had the spiraled cord as the place the bikes went.

The Grand Ole Opry was actually a place we had to go to some trouble to get to. It’s moved a few times in its history and currently is located outside of the main downtown. They have built a really nice shopping center around it (pretty smart) and even though we didn’t pay the $39 for a tour we were able to walk the grounds and take a few pictures.

While we were there I saw a Paula Deen restaurant and since Lee had never eaten there I wanted him to try it. For some reason the experience wasn’t nearly as good as the time I went with my Mom. I am not sure if it is because we are trying to watch our weight or the food wasn’t as good (the service definitely wasn’t.) The gift shop though continues to be a treat and I did pick up an old fashioned magnet egg timer.

Finally I wanted to mention that there are some benefits to staying in a fairground. The weekend before we left there was a race event and Lee decided to walk over. Turns out he really enjoyed it and for only $15 dollars he spent 5 hours watching a variety of car races. He even won a free cheeseburger on their prize wheel!

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