Sunday, June 26, 2016

Exploring Nashville, Tennesse

Dashville7 explored Nashville for 3 full days in April. We played the tourist bit and visited the Parthenon and surrounding Centennial Park, the State Capitol, the Johnny Cash Museum, the NashVegas strip, different hip neighborhoods, and Jack White's Third Man Records. We also spent half a day on the Tennessee/Kentucky state line at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area watching bison and elk. It was impossible to post about it all in one post, so this post will have photos from around Nashville minus the music piece because in a place nicknamed "Music City" you have to have a separate post for that.
Our great Airbnb fit 5 people. The backyard was A++
How many women can you fit in a king sized bed?
First glimpse of the Nashville skyline. I was pretty obsessed with that AT&T tower.
So was James. We talked about it a lot.
Downtown Nashville architecture
Dashville7's first breakfast together at Fido in the Belmont/Vanderbilt neighborhood.
Recyclables made into art
Nice ride, dude.
Look at these lovely beer cans from the Nashville brewed Jackalope Brewing Company.
Nice ride, dude. Flower power.
Man-made Lake Watauga in Centennial Park
Accenting the curve of this gorgeous tree!
The Parthenon at Centennial Park!
There was a giant seesaw
at the Exposition!

Nashville's Parthenon is the world's only full-scale replica of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The ancient Parthenon was completed in 438 BC was a temple to the goddess Athena, protector and patron goddess of Athens. Nashville's Parthenon was originally built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition celebrating Tennessee's 100th anniversary as a state (actually in 1896). The Parthenon was the centerpiece because of Nashville's nickname "The Athens of the South". Inside the Parthenon in Nashville is a gigantic replica statue of Athena Parthenos that was completed in 1990 and placed in the Parthenon in 2002. She stands at 41 feet and 10 inches (12.75m) making her the largest indoor sculpture in the Western World!

Silly NYC kids found the one nasty spot in a pretty city.
Siblings jumping for joy in front of the Parthenon.
Can you see the resemblance?
That angel is 6 feet tall!
Centaurs in the details

Copies of originals
Cool kids.
These bronze doors weight 7.5 tons EACH.
They are considered to be the largest matching set in the world.
Don't play on the train!
Centennial Park has a little bit of everything.
Flower Power in Centennial Park
When a city is not overflowing with buildings, you can stop and notice the details.
Ursula and I backpacked through Europe when we were 19.
I was Mapgirl, and she was my trusty side-kick.

State Capitol building
Tennessee's State Capitol building is unique from most other capitol buildings.
Don't ever get shot by a banana by your brother's girlfriend. Dangerous stuff.
Ladies of Dashville7 on the hill at the state capitol

Feeling positive in Nashville.

Dashville7 walking the streets of Nashville!
My obsession with the AT&T tower...
The Honky Tonk - Three floors of booze, music, and good vibes.
We did not go in there this time around.
This strip of Broadway is often called "NashVegas" and gets absolutely nuts at night.

Please go eat a ton of pancakes at the Pancake Pantry. It's delicious.
Also, go to BookMan and BookWoman because it's dope
and we should all be reading more anyway.
6 of Dashville7 drinking bushwackers at Three Crows.
Excellent adult milkshake recommended by the gals at Third Man Records
We met Johnny Cash! Not really...but that's for a different post.
Hattie B's is a great hot chicken spot for the ol' birthday dinner!
Birthday chicken dinner. YUM!
Legit sign at a bar called The Gold Rush
Almost Dashville7
View of the skyline from the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

Gateway Bridge and the Moon

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