Yeehaawww! Ok ok, so it really wasn't that climactic, but Nashville can easily live up to its reputation. Lots of cowboy boots and hats! And lots of country music! In fact, the CMAs were being held while we were there, so we saw the red carpet and a huge group of people, but sadly no celebs.
Anyways, we lucked out because our coach had to get some work done while we were there, so we got to rent a car to drive around, which makes these ventures a little easier.
The first night, we visited the "Grand Ole Opry". To be honest, this was like a "so what" thing, because I have no idea what it is! I mean truly, I'm not a huge country fan, and even though we "saw" this building, I'm like "woopdee doo". Plus we went in the evening when nothing was happening, so maybe it'd make more sense if we'd gone at a different time?
Trent, sad that we arrived too late
So luckily, the Opry Mills (outlet mall, woo!) is right next door, so we saw a movie ("Zombieland"), and ate dinner at The Aquarium, which is an "underwater" restaurant, surrounded by fish tanks. It was okay, mostly exciting for the "view" if you will, but, as it turns out, has just average food.
The next day, we made a slightly earlier start, and headed down to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
What?! The windows are made to look like a piano keyboard?! I just realized this now! This is far too much for me to comprehend!
Here, we decided that I was far to disinterested in country music to shell out $20 a head, so we browsed the gift shop and left. I mean honestly, I don't think I would've gained much from that museum, no matter how well it was put together.
Giddy up and ride pardner!
Like my hat?
Admiring this gorgeous shirt
"But Trent, it's only $99!"
Yes, this is the photo you will see if Trent ever achieves America's Most Wanted status
Yes! on all accounts
Right outside of the museum was where the red carpet was for the CMAs. We poked our head in, but it was still a bit early so no celebs had really shown up yet. Not that I'd really know who they were anyways. :) But there were a lot of fans, and some of them cracked me up, especially the girls, because they were all decked out with their up-dos and evening gowns, as if Garth Brooks would, by happenstance, notice them as we was walking down the carpet, and sweep them along with him, and they'd be the belle of the ball or something. Ha.
We also checked out Broadway, which is one of the main, touristy drags there. It's actually quite quaint, and though somewhat modern, still calls back to the good old days of Nashville...
Fusion of new and old...yay for being progressive, Nashville!
We ate at a BBQ joint/bar called Rippy's (typical bar food), stepped in to a couple gift shops like the Boot co., where cowboy boots (and nice brands actually!) were buy 1, get 2 free. I tried on a few but I ultimately decided that cowboy boots have no room in my life. Sorry, they just aren't my thing. Maybe a kitschy, trendy and cheap pair will end up on my feet one day, but to pay $200 for a pair was not an interest of mine.
Oh and we also grabbed some ice cream at a little ice cream parlor there on Broadway. I think it was called Mike's. It was tasty. I had a cold, so I know it's supposedly bad to eat dairy products, but it actually made me feel better at that moment.
So...that's Nashville in very much a nutshell. Fun place, interesting to see how people in other places live, and on to the next place, I guess (which happens to be New Orleans, and I've already been there, so I'll post my report as soon as possible!).
But wait! There are more photos to be had:
Yay a record. But wait a second...
...and you will find even more records! But step back a few more feet...
Grand Ole Opry area...and yes, I am a professional
I just like these photos