4.26.2012

Road Trip - Nashville

On our way to Nashville, we stopped at The Hermitage. It's President Andrew Jackson’s 1,000 acre plantation that has been preserved and turned into a museum. We watched a movie about his presidency (he wasn’t a great guy), took an audio tour of his mansion, and explored the grounds and gardens, including his tomb and the graves of his family members.  

Afterwards, we checked into our hotel downtown Nashville, which was located right across the street from Printer’s Alley. Since we were starving and it was raining, we ran over there and ate lunch in a little British pub called Fleet Street. I even had bangers and mash!

After lunch, we walked in the rain to Broadway to check out the honky-tonks and shops then we took a trolley tour. We drove through Bicentennial Park and saw the Parthenon replica, as well as American Pickers, Taylor Swift's apartment, Music Row, Vanderbilt University, and Capitol Hill. We saw neighborhoods like The Gulch, Hillsboro, and The West End. And we drove past the Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium.









After the tour and our wet walk back to the hotel, we dried off, warmed up and relaxed. We decided at the last minute to go to The Grand Ole Opry. We hadn’t planned on seeing a show, but when we drove by it earlier in the day, we noticed that the billboard showed a bunch of singers that we actually knew. My friend is a huge country music fan. In fact, that’s all she listens too. My sister knows more than I do, but not much. I haven’t listened to country music since junior high, so I was shocked to find out that I knew who all four performers were. My sister decided to stay back and get some rest (the first trimester will do that to ya) so my friend and I went. I had no idea it was an actual radio show (like A Prairie Home Companion). Among other old Opry members, like Bill Anderson and Jimmy Dickens, and newcomers, The Josh Abbott Band, we saw country favorites Diamond Rio, Aaron Tippin, Darius Rucker, and Martina McBride. 





I actually knew one song from each artist! It was a very cool experience and we had a lot of fun.



I was surprised by how small Nashville is, but it was a cool, clean city with friendly people and a fun small town feel. I’d love to go back and spend a few days!

9 comments:

Meg {henninglove} said...

nashville is one visit i definitely want to visit and hopefully soon!! that is so cool you saw all of those country artists on the same night. looks like it was a great trip!

Christianna said...

Ok, it looks like this music buff needs to make a trip to Nashville soon! It looks awesome!

I love American Pickers, and it's cool that Taylor lives above the store!

That was a really good line up of country singers, and I'm not much of a country fan.

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

I'm wanting to go to The Grand Ole Opry too!! I love Nashville!!

Jessica Renee said...

I have always wanted to visit Nashville! Sounds like you had a blast! and now I'm craving bangers and mash. ha!

hotpants™ said...

I don't think I realized you saw Aaron Tippin. OMG, I love him! I saw him in concert at a fair years ago.

Ashlee Miller said...

I love Nashville! Such a great city! And the night life rocks!

Meghan @ Shine On said...

Uh, when were you in Nashville?! I live in Hillsboro Village and LOVE it (well, the area, not my apartment. Ha!).

Happy Sunday, dear!

Keep Shining,
Meghan

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Yay I was backstage/on stage at The Grand Ole Opry! And did you like the Hermitage?

I didn't go to the park - probably the only thing I missed out on. It looks so awesome!!

Karen Peterson said...

I need to get there one of these days. It looks like such a fun city.

Here's a funny story about Martina McBride. My very first concert was Garth Brooks in LA in 1992. On the tickets it said, "With Special Guest Martina McBride." We had NO idea who she was. It wasn't until a few weeks after the show that I first heard one of her songs on the radio. And I've been a loyal fan ever since.