2017 Western Spring Fling travel blog

The Nashville Parthenon

Women's suffrage monument in Centennial Park

Concrete transport bucket perched overhead on Printer's Alley

"Jesus" at the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar

AT&T Building from the other side

Margaritaville in Nashville - It's 5 o'clock somewhere!

Entertainment at Rippy's

Dinner with Shiner Bock

Smashville home of the Predators

Celebrity? Prevost coach outside the Ryman

Honky Tonk Row on Broadway

Some of the neon seen on Broadway

AT&T Building dominates downtown skyline

Sunset over Honky Tonk Row

Beer keg table for the singers in one of the clubs

Lots of boot stores in the downtown area

Big boot - Buy 1 pair get 2 pairs free - what...

Winnie Vista on a VW chasis parked next to the Fit

After the rain and wind cleared away this afternoon, we went into Nashville to see the sights. The first stop was the Parthenon in Centennial Park. It is a full scale replica of the one in Athens and contains a 42 ft. statue of Athena as does the original. It was originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition and now serves as Nashville's art museum. Our next stop was Printer's Alley downtown. At the beginning of the 20th Century it was the home of a thriving printing industry, but by the 1940's it became the home of the city's nightclub district. When we got there today it seems like the entire block was under construction with some serious cranes in action hauling concrete in buckets to the top of the buildings. This area is kind of like Nashville's version of Bourbon Street, but not quite as weird. It was afternoon when we visited not midnight, but we did see "Jesus" outside the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.

After Printer's Alley we walked a couple of blocks to Broadway and Honky Tonk Row the home of numerous clubs, bars, and restaurants that are famous for country music artists playing for tips. The music starts mid-morning every day and continues non-stop into the wee hours of the morning. Since it was near dinner time, we stopped in one of the clubs, Rippy's Smokin' Bar and Grill. It's located right across the street from the Bridgestone Center where the Nashville Predators play. I was hoping the Preds were in town so we could go to a game, but they aren't back until Saturday. We settled for the 3 singers in Rippy's and a sampler BBQ platter. I was excited to be able to get a couple of bottles of Shiner Bock. We enjoyed the music and food and arrived back at Winnie by 7:30PM.

We'll be heading down the Natchez Trace tomorrow and will spend the next couple of da on the trace visiting areas we have seen on previous trips. Stay tuned.

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