Honky Tonk and 95 Counties

Good Morning Nashville. At least that’s what I was thinking on Day 3 when we woke up at 8am and started getting ready to face the day. I’d been looking forward to Nashville for a long time, it had alway been one of the first places I wanted to go when I knew I was going to be roadtripping. Like usual, I looked up breakfast after I had gotten dressed and found a small bagel place in North Nashville called Bagel Face Bakery. We both definitely recommend stopping here for breakfast if you’re able to. We then drove into the heart of Nashville, parked and started walking around.
We parked right by the Country Hall of Fame, and at first, I wanted to go in, but since it seemed like it was going to be an absolutely beautiful day, and we could always come back if we really wanted to, we ditched that idea and walked over the Music City Walk of Fame, to Broadway street. After walking around for a bit, we realized that we had no idea where to start exploring, so we decided that buying passes to the “Hop on Hop off City Bus Tour” was the way to go. The bus driver gave us a great telling of Nashville, and Tennessee’s, history as we drove around town. For example, the Nashville State Capitol is one of the few statehouses that doesn’t have a dome on top. We also drove past Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (which I’ll get back to in depth later), a Farmer’s Market, and Marathon Motors, img_0057which is where Antique Archeology (aka: the American Pickers) has its Nashville base.

After walking around for a bit we hopped back on another bus and continued our trip. Centennial Park was one of the next features on the drive, which has its own Parthenon. Fun fact, the Parthenon in Nashville is the only exact replica of the real Parthenon that is located in Greece. As we drove around Centennial park, we came to realize that Tennessee loves its counties; that’s right, its counties. There’s 95 of them, and most of the monuments and parks have some sort of dedication to each of the 95. Whether it be how many people fought in a major war from each of the counties, or listing something that makes the county unique, they’re heavily featured everywhere.

Our journey continued past Vanderbilt and onto Music Row, which is where all of the recording studios of Nashville are located. Driving past our bus driver pointed out that all of the studios looked super innocent from the outside, just small houses with a sign out front, but who could be inside is the interesting part. You also just knew that all of those houses are probably completely decked out with all of the latest and greatest in sound technology. After this, the bus brought us back to Broadway, where we decided we could walk around and explore some of the things we didn’t see the first time around. Back to Bicentennial Park we went.

On our first bus ride around, our driver Briley told us that there was an 18,000 pound globe that sat on an inch of water and that could be moved by humans if you tried hard enough. Mike didn’t really believe him at first so we made a beeline for it and quickly found out that Briley was right. It was pretty cool to watch the globe spin around and be able to turn it how we wanted to. Eventually it was time for dinner, and many friends had recommended a local fried chicken place called Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. When we got there there was a line, but we had been assured that it was worth the wait, so after a while, we got in, placed our order, and sat down outside. After a long wait and two sweet tea’s later, we finally got our meal, and it was so worth it. It was by far the greasiest and most delicious fried chicken I’d ever had, and afterwards I was so content and full.

img_9332At this point it was time to get the night started. We walked all the way from Hattie B’s back to Broadway street and picked the first bar of the night. One thing about Nashville, every single bar has a band, and no cover. Most of the bars also open their windows so that when you walk down Broadway, you hear whatever is playing at each of the different bars. Even though it was a country town, all of the bands played a solid mix of music that both Mike and I could get into. After a half hour or so at the first bar, we moved on to another one, a three story whopper that had a band on every floor. We walked all the way up to the third where the band was playing a continuous medley of songs from our childhood, including “All Star”, “All the Small Things”, and other jams that we both screamed our way through. It was a beautiful night with some great company and absolutely an amazing way to kick off the first city stop of the roadie. After walking down to the river and around a bit we decided to head back home and call it a night.

I’d recommend Nashville to anyone looking to have a good time; especially for a bachelorette party, we must’ve seen over 30 different bachelorette parties, and one bachelor party throughout the day.

10/10 would go again.

 

 

 

 

 

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