A Grand Ole Day with the Good Ole Boys – Nashville Day 1

Holidays are here again – yeehaw!

Well the day started wonderfully with a trip to the USO Lounge at the airport. The USO lounge is a common thing in many American airports. It’s a lounge for the use of military personnel with drinks and snacks, comfy sofas, a TV, DVD library, books for loan, computers, all free of charge. It doesn’t take a lot to do it but it really means a lot. More than this, the one we visited today was staffed by a lovely couple who chatted to us for ages and made us feel really welcome. Another small way in which the military are treated so differently from in the UK.
We had a nicely uneventful flight, considering we had expected thunderstorms. The pilot found a good detour around the weather and landed us fairly smoothly. So my breakfast stayed where it should. We had a cat under the seat behind us which seemed to cope pretty well with the flight; just a few meows and an indignant yowl or two during the turbulence (to be honest, I think it coped better than I did). Our old cat, Scoop, used to whine constantly throughout the whole of any car journey, usually only terminating with the evacuation of the feline bowels, so (cowboy) hats off to this particular cat for doing so well.

We only had half a day in Nashville so we had planned it with military precision (not surprisingly). First up we dashed to Cooter’s Place which is a museum dedicated to the Dukes of Hazzard. It is well worth the free admission. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It isn’t worth travelling out of your way for but it certainly made the day for two old farts who used to watch Bo & Luke (well, Daisy, in the case of my husband) before bath and bedtime back in the eighties. I’m only sad that I won’t be able to make it back for the date in June when the whole cast will be making an appearance. I could probably just have sat the husband in the General Lee for the afternoon and then come back to find him a very happy chap. Daisy Duke’s hotpants hanging on the washing line also made him quite cheerful.

The other stand out visit of the day was to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. “Hotel” probably doesn’t really do it justice. It’s a MAHOOSIVE complex with conservatory type roofing so you have the impression of being outside while actually being closeted away inside. And WHAT an inside. It has acres of indoor botanical gardens, with cafes and restaurants tucked away round corners and on islands. Every time you think you’ve seen it all, you turn a corner and then there’s another expanse of amazeballs. It even has its own indoor river, complete with boats if you fancy a cruise around. It has so many places to eat, drink and shop, you could spend all week there and probably not go to the same place twice. You could also easily lose someone in there. (I tried.) Wow is not the word. Well, it probably is, actually. Wow. Imagine a hotel designed by Willy Wonka and you will know exactly what I’m talking about.

Sadly we didn’t stay there.

Our other visit of the day was to the Grand Old Opry. We managed to be here on one of the few days that they don’t have a show on. So obviously there’s only one thing for it. We’re coming back another time for a show and a nice night in the Gaylord. I just have to work on the husband now.

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