Nashville/Bowling Green/Atlanta

Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
Trip End Apr 2008

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Monday, November 19, 2007

What a beautiful part of the country in the fall.  The Ozarks were lovely-too bad we drove at night through what we are told is the prettiest section for viewing fall colors.  Then we thought Kentucky and Tennessee were even prettier.  Now we feel Georgia with all the green of pine trees for background to the reds, oranges and yellows is incredible.  The TV news staffs are telling people to go out to view the colors this weekend while they are at their peak-and I believe it.  Glad we picked this time of year to visit.
Couldn't miss the show that made Nashville famous--Grand Old Opry.  Jack loved it but I was disappointed.  Possibly the show we saw, which is live broadcast of their radio show, does not have the variety that their Saturday night programs have.  The musicians we heard were primarily old time musicians who have been there for years and years and may be past their peak talent.  However, I may not be a fair judge because I do not care for that kind of music. It was interesting to learn that they used that name because Opera was performed during the day and at night  they let other musicians take the stage and called it Opry rather than Opera.  The Opry has moved back to the restore Ryman Hall where it started. 
After going, going, going, we spent Saturday in Nashville resting.  Believe Jack chose that day so that he could watch college football spend the whole day watching college football! 
Our condo was very near Opryland so we saw the famous Opryland Hotel and beautiful grounds. Jack was delighted to find a huge outlet mall in the complex also.
Andrew Jackson's home, the Heritage, was interesting.  Enjoy viewing the early US mansions whenever we have the opportunity.
Jack planned this trip so he made certain we were near Bowling Green, Kentucky--the location of the National Corvette Museum-a place he has wanted to see for years.  It truly was interesting and he loved every corner of it.  Think he may have found the place he will want his ashes spread!! 
Corvette buyers can schedule to take delivery of their new Corvettes right at the museum .  As we entered the building there was a screen with the names of each new buyer (14) who was picking up their car that day. In one area of the museum, they featured all these cars with the buyers name shown.   It was fun to see the excitement of each new Corvette owner.  Additionally, there is a special area of the parking lot for any visitor who drives their Corvette to view the museum.  Had also planned to see the GM plant that makes Corvettes-which is next door to the museum.  However, it was Veteran's Day so it was closed.
Rather than waste the rest of the day, we went downtown Bowling Green and were so glad we did.  It has a lovely southern style town square.  The grass was still green and even a few late summer flowers in bloom.  There are several park benches, statues and a wonderful fountain in the center.  We sat in the sun and enjoyed the quiet of the afternoon and the peace and quiet of the area.
One thing we have noticed in this part of the country is the huge churches.  Each town seems to have Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Catholic plus many others-all made of brick.
Georgia takes littering seriously-there is $1000 fine if caught littering.   Our next stop was Atlanta, GA.  Had no idea that the 5.1 million people live in greater Atlanta area. There were no condos available in that area so we used Fairfield (now Wyndham) points to stay at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center.  It is a lovely hotel in the suburbs.  We realize we could never take this long trip if we had to stay in motels or hotels each night.  It is great for a few nights but as nice as this hotel is, we miss the roominess of a condo with a living/dining room, bedroom(s), kitchen and 2 TV sets (so Jack can watch sports and I can watch my shows).
As you may have heard, there is a terrible water shortage in this area.  It is sad to see so many lakes with the docks a long distance from the water-if there is any water.  The locals were thrilled to have a little rain the other night-even the .02 that fell. Most of the water fountains have been shut off and they are restricting or forbidding watering of lawns.  One has to request water in restaurants.  At least we were allowed to take showers and there is no restriction on flushing!
Would like to return to Atlanta because we did not get to see some of the things on our list.  However, Jack was thrilled to find out all about his favorite beverage: Coke.  You may not know that he drinks more Diet Coke than anybody I know.  Coca Cola World is a great museum to visit.  It is brand new and very "techy"   
We also visited the GA Capitol building and walked around the downtown area.  CNN World headquarters provides great tours and we got a chance to see behind the scenes at that huge and lovely building. That is one busy place!  One feature that frightened me was their 8 story escalator-I was afraid to look down to the bottom as we rode it. 
Believe that some day the Atlanta Underground will be a great place but crime abounds in the area at this time.  Consequently, it does not have the greatest shops-kind of reminds me of the shops at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma.   I was not terribly comfortable walking around the area-even in the daytime.
The Atlanta metro area has a great train and bus system.  We parked our car at the airport and took MARTA's (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is what the proper acronym represents, I believe) rapid train downtown and walked to each place we toured.  
Will now head for Florida to spend Thanksgiving with Tom, Butch and 18 East Coast members of their family.
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