A day in Nashville

Trip Start Oct 14, 2013
Trip End Apr 13, 2014

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Today was our discover Nashville day. It's an amazing city, and it’s so easy to walk everywhere. We parked the car and then started the day touring the state capital building. Although not as impressive as the capital building in Harrisburg, it was interesting nonetheless.

Then we toured the Nashville Ryman auditorium, site of the Grand Ole Opry from the mid 1940s to the mid 1970s. The auditorium is actually a converted church-in-the-round and from the outside it still looks like a church. When we bought our tickets, the gentleman asked where we were from. When we replied, Nova Scotia, he started telling us stories about Hank Snow at the Opry. He said that he and Hank were good friends. Wow. We toured the backstage, the dressing rooms, and the seating area. You can just imagine the energy in the building during the performances. The Grand Ole Opry originates from the Ryman during the winter months, otherwise the Opry is in a new venue on the outskirts of Nashville.

Then it was lunchtime. We decided to do the touristy thing and ate at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. The décor reminded me of Jungle Jim’s. We didn’t have margaritas (too early) and the food was good.

Then over to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. What a place. Greg and I are new to the country western music scene but I still thoroughly enjoyed the museum. We didn’t realize how much we had been exposed to country music over the years. There was quite an extensive temporary exhibit devoted to Reba McEntire, and smaller displays about singers from the early years to the present. There were costumes with sequins and intricate embroidery (and not just on the women’s clothing), and boots, and hats, and guitars, and cars…The only non-Americans presented were Hank Snow, Teri Clark, and Keith Urban. It rather made me proud to see Hank Snow and a mention of Nova Scotia. Surprisingly there was nothing about Shania Twain or Ann Murray. I don’t know why Teri Clark made the cut.

We were watching TV during supper when an advertisement aired for an insurance company whose motto is 'Rock Solid’. What was interesting was that the picture in the background was Peggy’s Cove lighthouse! No question about it.

This evening we attended the Grand Ole Opry. The performers were Mandisa, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis Jeannie Seely, Natalie Grant, Amy Grant, and LeAnn Rimes. It was a special fundraising performance for breast cancer. I am not familiar with a couple of the singers but they were all excellent, a really entertaining evening.
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Sharon Morgan on

Hi Karen and Greg. "On the road again, can't wait to get on the road again..." It's great that you were able to see a show at the Opry - and what a show that must have been. It was a great line up. Good that you were able to take pictures there! Love your blog, xo

greg-and-karen on

Yes, we were surprised that the Opry allows pictures. During our travels we have been to many places that don't allow pictures. I wonder if it's because of the impossibility of policing cameras on cell phones that some venues are loosening their 'No Photography' rules.

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