Day 17 - Nashville - Tennessee
Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
38Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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That's right, I'm still in the South, today it's Nashville and that's how we were greeted tonight at dinner "hope all y'all are doin' just fine" followed by "y'all better come on in then and get some South in your mouth". How fantastic!
Speaking of "South in my mouth" I had my first taste of grits this morning. There's a chap on my tour that's a big fan of them so I shall tell you what I told him when he asked my opinion of them, there's nothing wrong with them, but there's also nothing right with them. They are exactly like semolina porridge. He likes his with butter. I'm not sure about that, I remember as a child having it with lots of brown sugar and milk, but not too much milk as you don't want to thin it out and make it last too long :)
Tonight it was fried chicken followed by peach cobbler
If Memphis is the birthplace of rock and roll, Nashville is most definately the home of country music. It's fantastic strolling about town listening to the sounds of guitars playing and people singing filtering out of every second door you pass. Elvis still gets a tiny look in, but for the most part I think we've left him in Memphis. I've heard lots of Johnny Cash today, now that's more like it, just love that man in black.
We had a quick stop at Jackson along the way at Casey Jones Village where the home of Casey Jones can be found. Casey was a railway man who was killed in a rail accident in 1900 but his excellent railway skills prevented any of his passengers losing their lives.
From there it was downtown Nashville for a few hours (we do a tour downtown tomorrow so I'll have more to tell then) and then it was time to check in to the Opryland hotel. Vegas might have to keep an eye on this place, it certainly puts up some competition in the way of glitz and glamour, and it's huge. It has a giant atrium garden all lit up with beautiful fairy lights in preparation for Christmas. There's also a large indoor waterfall, and you can even take a boat ride around the indoor cascade river area.
After settling in it was off to Nashville Nightlife for some live toe tapping, thigh slapping country music, and the above mentioned fried chicken. Great night out, they really can sing in this part of the world. Loving Nashville!
Night all y'all :)