Day 6

Trip Start Sep 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 25, 2010

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Alexis Inn

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Friday, September 17, 2010

A little tired after last night's exploits so when we came across a Starbucks this morning in the center of Nashville, there were quiet celebrations. Today has been dedicated to doing everything else in Nashville that we can fit in before we leave for Memphis tomorrow morning.

First stop after our caffeine shot was Printers Alley, which takes its name from its early connection with Nashville's printing and publishing industry. The alley also became the center of the city's nightlife and serviced the hotels, restaurants, and saloons fronting on Fourth Avenue, which was known as the Men's Quarter in the late nineteenth century. Think of London's Soho a few years ago. More disturbing to us were the signs in many of the windows instructing patrons to leave their guns at home (picture below).

A short stroll down the street took us back to the Cumberland River and we took a look at Fort Nashborough. The first permanent Anglo settlement of Nashville dates to 1770 when two parties of settlers led by John Donelson and James Robertson established a fort enclosing two acres along the banks of the Cumberland River. The present Fort Nashborough historic site was reconstructed in 1930 and then rebuilt in 1962 on a smaller scale than the initial two-acre enclosure.

Onto lunch at the Merchants Bar & Grille, established in 1892, where Jenny and I had our first experience of charred Romaine lettuce with caramelized onions ... surprisingly tasty.

After lunch, we walked up the road to the famous Country Music Walk of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to finish our afternoon being educated about the men and women who took country music in its many different directions in the 20th and 21st centuries. Mike J was most disappointed that Kris Kristofferson (who is known for changing the face of country music with his literary approach - think Me And Bobby McGee, Sunday Morning Coming Down, and Help Me Make It Through The Night) wasn't featured until we found his name in the Hall of Fame right at the end!

Ruby Tuesday - again! - for dinner and then back to Music Mile for our last evening in Nashville. Tonight we found a great band in Rippy's (famed for its barbecued ribs) who immediately impressed Mike J by playing John Prine, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Little Feat and Waylon Jennings. The upright bass player was a sight to see, slapping that bass like a drum while plucking the strings for the bass line. It helped that he was kinda nice-looking too! After one song he turned to Mike J, who had been jigging vigorously on his stool to the beat, and thanked him for "keeping up the rhythm, brother"!

Tomorrow Memphis!

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