Saturday, August 19, 2017

...Nashville Sightseeing #3...

...another full...full day...

...we got up early and headed to the Parthenon Park...
...I love this misty morning photo...
...and this one as we approached...looks like it might have been taken in Greece...
...Scout in the photo for a bit of scale...
...ornate ceiling...
...a huge statue of Athena...
...her backside...
...the huge bronze doors were pretty impressive...
...and a peaceful place for a stroll...
...then we headed back downtown to the State Capitol for some history...
...what it looked like a little over 100 years ago...look at all the people on the roof...think safety first...
...it looked like most Capitol buildings we've toured...and we always tour them when we're near them...
...legislative rooms remind me of when Scout was a page...
...view from the balcony back downtown...
...view from the back (?) overlooking Bicentennial Park...(our next destination)...
...on the way down the rather steep hill...we passed this plaque...so we read it...of course...

...and Scout commented that there is an actor that looks just like Johnson...

...and he's right...Tommy Lee Jones looks a LOT like Andrew Johnson...weird...
....hundreds of steps down that hill...and we're parked at the top...so guess what...
...but we arrived at the park...
...and there's a huge cement map of Tennessee...
...and a fountain...with children playing on this hot August day...
...a pretty ampitheatre...
...and these bells...I told Scout that I wished they would play...and then we started up the mall...
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...and guess what...it was noon...and the chimes started playing...some Tennessee patriotic song I think...
...and there was this huge floating globe...pretty impressive...
...walking back up the Mall...the timeline goes in reverse this way...so we read it backwards...we should have started with the prehistory at the other end...HA!
...1000 steps or so back up to the capitol...
...and then on to the State Museum...we also always go to these when we can...they're almost always free to the public...and so interesting...
...we did start with the prehistoric section here...
...isn't it just amazing that pottery somehow survives hundreds (or thousands) or years...
...and even more amazing that this huge 40 foot long dugout canoe survived...

...the placard tells us that it was found in the Cumberland River in the late 1700's and pulled out and used as a feed trough for cattle...hence the worn ridges on the sides where the cattle rubbed as they ate...
...and I love pioneer cabin exhibits too...
...that an entire family lived in this tiny space...
...sweet little dolls...
...a model of the State Capitol cupola...that is under re-construction right now...
...Civil War exhibits...we noted that the officer's uniforms were so similar in colour that it's a wonder they knew which side they were on...
...then it was back to our hotel for one last night...

...Good-bye Nashville...

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, August 18, 2017

...Nashville Sightseeing #2...

...this is going to be a long post of a full day of sightseeing in Nashville...

...Mom and I had made a list of things to do in Nashville before we left...with addresses and phone numbers and hours of operation...so that we could fit everything into our few days in Nashville...(my Mom is an excellent list-maker )
...one of the top 3 items on our list was this Johnny Cash Museum...
...so we got in line and got our tickets...this was probably the most crowded thing that we did in Nashville...hugely popular...
...it was funny that they grouped us while we were in line...about 6 (or so) people were let in at a time...and the gatekeeper talked cheerfully to each group before she moved the velvet cord to let them in...asking them where they were from and such...and we thought it was interesting that the group immediately in front of us were all from Minnesota...and our group...North Carolina (obviously)...and Michigan...
...Hello...
...first guitar...
...there was an exhibit like this for each decade...and a slow moving line as each person tried to read everything...very interesting...
...smile...this was actually a 'green' screen that would put Johnny Cash in the photo with you...for a fee of course...but we just took one plain...
...Scout reading...lots of reading...
...and a photo op with Mr. Cash...
...so then we went walkabout...just wandering around downtown on our way to our next venue...

...Scout has about 10 Hard Rock t-shirts...surprised that he's not wearing one here...
...they had a couple of these crazy pedal powered bars roaming the streets...everyone has a set of pedals under their stool...and the driver is talking animatedly the whole time on a loudspeaker...and there's a bartender in the middle...so funny...
...Riverwalk...
...Iconic red metal statue...called the Ghost Ballet was the first project that was funded by the City of Nashville’s public art ordinance in 2007...
...Shelby Street walking bridge...
...I love riverwalks and walking bridges...
...Nashvile skyline...definitely a booming city...lots of construction...
...the old depot...seen from the bridge...
...downriver...
...upriver...
...more skyline...
...more touristy photo ops...on our way to our next venue...
...which was the Walk of Fame...much like the Hollywood Stars...this walkway has a plaque for Music stars...all of the Country Music greats are there...along with Jimi Hendrix and Peter Frampton...so that was surprising...I guess we thought it'd just be Country Music...
...and then the Country Music Hall of Fame...
...always interesting what people carve in stone...
...the Ford Theater and Rotunda...
...inside...there was an impressive wall of gold/platinum albums...
...honor thy music...
...old printing presses for the huge posters...
...lots of clothing exhibits...
...and another Johnny Cash exhibit...and we learned stuff we didn't see at his namesake museum...wonder if there was a collaboration...
...stay tuned...more sightseeing to come...

~Have a lovely day!