Nashville is a vibrant,...
Nashville is a vibrant, beautiful city! It has a great downtown area, situated on the Cumberland River, and the beautiful surrounding countryside!
It has a special quality of a marvelously balanced blend of tradition, and cutting edge. Of it's beatifully well preserved history, and modern. Of old fashioned, and cosmopolitan! And the old, and the new, have taken to each other, right well!
And, Nashville is called 'Music City USA', and rightfully so! It is the heart and soul, of country music, and the music business! When I was a young boy, a family trip to Nashville, with my parents and little brother, around 1969! A beautiful spring day in April, on Easter weekend, my dad parked the car in the lot next to the Ryman Auditorium and walked up to the box office to buy tickets for us, for that night's Grand Ole Opry Show. Well my brother and I, never went on a trip, without our baseball gloves and a baseball, to play catch at every opportunity! So we jumped out of the car, and began to throw the ball to each other in the parking lot! Two gentleman came up to me, and said, 'hi son, do you mind if we play catch with you, too?'. I said 'sure'! Oh then my dad came back, as the gentleman left! My dad looked at them, and said, 'do you know, that was George Jones, and Porter Wagoner'! And he was right, because he showed me their photos that night, in the Opry program!
Art on a Budget
Art-o-mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. There are over 90 active machines in various locations throughout the country, including this one at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. The selections of art vary (jewelry, paintings, very tiny quilts, books, etc) as do the artists, and they change periodically, so you can check back often and get something completely new. The cost is only $5 per piece - I have made it a tradition to buy something every time I attend a play at TPAC.
Above the pull is a "teaser", but you will not know what your actual work of art is until you pull the knob. It's a fun - and cheap - way to start a funky art collection! Each piece of art is only $5.
Fishy, Fishy, Fishy!
You could be forgiven for mistaking this long, narrow, brick-walled restaurant as a cocktail bar and, indeed, they do serve a martini and oyster special on some nights. The ambience is relaxed and the lighting duskliy intimate. Wooden tables line the walls and the small balcony at the back. Perched on high stools at a round table by the front window of the restaurant we had a great view of the line-dancing at the Wildhorse Saloon across the road!
The service was friendly, informative and efficient and, most importantly, the food was good quality and very tasty. Perhaps a little more expensive than average but good value for money. I'd recommend a visit. We had
(Light & Fluffy)
(covered with hot spices), Rice and Vegetables
(cooked in white wine, lemon juice and garlic), Jasmine Rice and Vegetables
Blackcurrant Cobbler and Ice Cream
(Very nice and filling)
(a light mousse with a crumbly base)
Total cost for 2 people (including tip) $72.00
Ahhh...the Pancake Pantry. Definitely a Nashville institution, the Pantry has been around forever. I remember back when it was just a little hole in the wall that seated about 50 people and the line ran around the building. Now that they have expanded and renovated, the line STILL runs around the building. But oh well. The prices are amazingly good and the service quick. It's also a loud, noisy place that seems to always be busy. I have many favorite dishes at the Pantry. I love the crepes, pancakes stuffed with chocolate chips. I also like the Carribean Pancakes-stuffed with bananas and walnuts and topped with coconuts. The strawberry waffles are good, as are the apple n spice pancakes which come with warm applesauce and apple slices. You really can't go wrong. My mom likes the omlettes, making her the oddball.
Opryland hotel - hard to believe it's a hotel
I thoroughly enjoyed walking around the hotel. With it's "river" and waterfalls, shops and eateries it's hard to believe it's a hotel. You can spend a quite a few hours just walking around taking in all the sights.