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Nashville Skyline

Another nicely uneventful trip along the interstate, this time in the opposite direction as we were headed back to Nashville in the bright but very chilly sunshine. Still couldn’t persuade the husband to stop at Dude Ranch for me to find out exactly what goes on there. Bought a bucket of coffee from McDonald’s which kept me going for most of the journey. Which reminds me, we’re staying at the Maxwell House Hotel tonight, which is the original home of the coffee of the same name, so I’m pleased to say that this is one of those very rare hotels where you don’t get forced into drinking Starbucks.

So another lightning visit into Nashville, this time into the city centre itself which is really very nice and welcoming. There’s a lot of construction going on, lots of investment into this city’s future which seems to be a marked contrast to Memphis and its run-down ruins. Of course it has its own TV drama series now which is making it a popular place to be. In fact they have closed off one of the main bars in the city today so they can film for the show. So we spent most of our time in another bar, listening to a great country band knocking out a lot of the classics. Well we assume they were anyway. I recognised one song. Which is one more than the husband. Oh, and on the subject of music, whereas two days ago he was refusing to listen to Elvis Radio in the car, now we have been to Graceland he can’t get enough of the guy so we have been listening to it for most of today’s journey. The power of the King.

The weather has gone markedly colder today, although we have been half expecting a bit of snow and that hasn’t happened yet. Lovely clear blue skies but chuffing chilly. So as long as we can get to our cabin in the woods tomorrow we should be in for several lovely days and nights of being cosied up together around the fire. I love Nashville but I kind of want today to hurry up and finish so we can get on our way!

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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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