Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
Trip End Jan 20, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nashville is a city unlike any other I have been and although I do not fit the description of a person that would be attracted to Nashville, I liked it. I arrived at 3 AM and stayed with another couchsurfer, so I did not have to rent a hotel, but arriving at this hour, I did not ask for a ride from the bus station and got a taxi to his apartment. His apartment was about 4 miles to the bus station and 4 miles past that was the city center.  The city center was not huge and pretty easy to get around. It is a straight up country music festival here. There are live bands everywhere all day. You can walk up to any restaurant and listen to a guy sing country music as you eat. All the bars and restaurants have saddles outside or like a cow skull with long horns. Some of the bars that stuck out in my mind were coyote ugly, buck wild saloon and honky tonk bar. They all look like a movie set from the 70s. I saw the country music television tower here, then went onto the walk
of fame country stars, which is like the Hollywood walk of fame, but based on country music. It had people like Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Elvis. I got to the country music hall of
fame after 4 PM. It closed at 5, so I got a discounted price with only being there for an hour. This hall of fame is more for older people. It has a lot more of the roots of country music rather than
present day, which is fine, but I was not so interested in it. There was still some good stuff in the hall of fame. It had archives and archives of music there in book cases, then had recording studios,
old clothing from the stars, guitars and pianos. There was also several walls full of gold records from all the top hits. At the end of the museum, it had a shrine of gold plates faces of all the
members in the hall of fame. The funny thing was that my favorite two country singers and pretty much the only ones that I like are not in there. Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw are not in there, but I
imagine one day they will be. The only thing i missed from Nashville was the Grand Ole opry house where they play operas. If anyone likes country music or is sort of a hick kind of person, I would say not to miss this place. All three cities in Tennessee that I visited were all based on a river, so that was kind of interesting how they strategically placed cities on the river so long ago.

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