Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Discovering Nashville

Ever since I visited Nashville a few years ago I have wanted to go back and visit. It is such a charming countrified town. I’m not really an expert on country music – actually I wouldn’t even consider myself a big country music fan, but I am a sucker for live music. And Nashville is filled with live music. Caitlin has also been dying to go to Nashville, so we knew we had to make it a destination on our trip.

Caitlin’s younger sister, Lindsey, is serving her mission in Nashville, and part of the mission rules discourages visitors. So even though we were so close to her, we couldn’t stop and see her. However, we did go to her apartment and heart attack the door.  I was so nervous the entire time. I didn’t want to get caught – and we were there right during lunchtime. Luckily, we were stealthy enough to go undetected, even though the neighbors door was wide open the entire time! We even left a package for her with all sorts of goodies.

We spent the rest of our time in Nashville exploring the music scene and the Opryland hotel, which is amazingly huge. It is like a small forest inside the hotel. 
We emailed Lindsey before going and asked her for some suggestions for things to do. She suggested the hotel as well as a bar to go eat at. The bar didn’t have live music, so we didn’t eat there, but we did snap a quick picture outside it to send to Lindsey.

We did a lot of exploring through the streets, stopped at every statue we saw and walked to country walk of fame. Caitlin really wanted to get some cowboy boots (cowgirl boots?), so she tried on a few pairs while we were there, but she decided they were a bit too expensive so we didn’t get any.

Found these beauties in the Opryland Hotel. 

We also visited the Parthenon in Nashville. Such a weird concept - but Nashville is the Athens of the South, so I guess it is fitting. :) We went around the building and went inside the museum, which talked about why they built it (Worlds Fair) and a little about the history of both the Parthenon in Athens and the Parthenon in Nashville. 
We took a few pictures to show how huge the building actually is. Inside, there are replicas of all the statues in the actual Parthenon. Athena stands 42 feet tall - and is an exact replica of the actual statue. There are also a bunch of other statues inside, but they are actually just parts of what used to be in/on the parthenon in Athens. Really a crazy detour from all the boots and country music of Nashville. 

We also spent quite a bit of time roaming the streets looking for country music stuff. We found guitars and statues of famous people we had never heard of, and we walked the Country Walk of Fame. We really enjoyed finding our way around the city. But eventually we wanted to eat dinner and see some live music, so we ended up meeting with Caitlin's old roommate, Alison Bates. Caitlin was roommates with Alison before I met her, and they have remained good friends ever since. 
Of course, I had to get a picture with Dolly Parton, and Caitlin with Rascal Flatts.

Caitlin with Alison and her sister Casey.

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