There’s more to Nashville than Country Music

Wow what a surprise Nashville turned out to be. We had an expectation of street lined with bars and lots of music but not much else.

They do have music row and the honky tonk district, yes we saw the bar where Keith Urban got his break, but there is so much more to Nashville. History culture, pretty parks and gardens all go with the music and the bar to make Nashville a very interesting place to visit.

We purchased on the Trolley tour (audio failed on trolley) and due to a false start became a bus tour our guide was sensational and gave us so much information. I wish I could remember all the facts he told us during this very informative and very the entertaining 2 hour tour. Thanks Kevin you were worth waiting for.

Some of what we learned:
Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee I always thought Memphis was the capital. The city is a center for the health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities. It is most notably known as a center of the music industry, earning it the nickname “Music City”.

Re-creation of Parthenon

We  destinations include Fort Nashborough being a reconstruction of the original settlement, the latter being a semi-restored Civil War battle fort; theTennessee State Museum; and The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. The Tennessee State Capitol is one of the oldest working state capitol buildings in the nation, while The Hermitage is one of the older presidential homes open to the public.

Nashville is often labeled the “Athens of the South” due to the many colleges and universities in the city and metropolitan area.

Numerous music clubs and honky tonk bars can be found in downtown Nashville, especially the area encompassing Lower Broadway, Second Avenue, and Printer’s Alley, which is often referred to as “the District”

The bells play on the hour

Civil War history is important to the city’s tourism industry. 
View up to Capitol Building
Sites pertaining to the Battle of Nashville and the nearby Battle of Franklin and Battle of Stones River can be seen, along with several well-preserved antebellum plantation houses such as Belle Meade Plantation, Carnton plantation in Franklin, and Belmont Mansion

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Nashville and it would be a great city to spend more time in. After lunch at Demos (recommended by our trusty tour guide Kev) we set sail for Louisville Kentucky. 
Keith Urban made his break
playing in the corner of this bar
We are going to stay 3 nights in Louisville and have a rest day tomorrow. Looking forward to visiting Churchill Downs
Picture from the drive……

Home for the next 3 days

2 thoughts on “There’s more to Nashville than Country Music

  1. Hey Ange,

    Looks like a great trip so far. Several places I'd never even considered visiting in US look quite interesting!

    Favourites so far?

    The poster from the Flying Fish asking kids to stay in their seat or “we'll give them a shot of expresso and a free puppy” – LOVE it!

    Peabody Ducks – Very sweet

    Recreation of the Parthenon – add to that all the recreations in Las Vegas and it begins to explain why our US friends never feels the need to travel outside the US!

    When you get to Kentucky are you going to try and suss out what the 12 secret herbs and spices are?

    Looking forward to the next updates.



  2. Thanks Ben Yes the trip is going very well. We are in the 'Big Apple' now. We have driven 2000 miles so far and still have to get back to Texas yet. Watch for the blog for the answer to secret herbs and spices


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