It's all about the Music and Food...
We arrived in Nashville on Saturday after a very bumpy plane ride over the pond and then an even bumpier plane ride from Philadelphia to here! This was due to the severe storms affecting NYC.
First thing I noticed at the airport was that you had famous musicians welcoming you to the city over the PA system and asking you to check the tags on your luggage etc - Lionel Richie being just one of them!
I also had lunch with BettyAnn (Mother of Nathan, Caleb & Jared Followill of Kings of Leon). When she found out I was in town, she asked to take me to lunch. We went to a little quaint restaurant and, as we say in Scotland, had a good old chin-wag! She was really lovely and it was so nice of her to take time away from her work to take me to lunch.
Nashville had got to be one of my favourite holidays! These are some of the highlights:
Places we Visited:
We visited the Belle Meade Plantation which was beautiful and is famous for breading thoroughbred horses. While there, you can do wine tasting as they have their own winery, every wine we tasted was so good that we ended up buying some bottles as well as a Southern Country Cookbook!
Ryman Auditorium, home of the original Grand Ole Opry broadcasts from 1943 until 1974. Facinating place and the tour takes you backstage to all the dressing rooms and you even end up on stage!
In the evenings we ventured Downtown to see some live music and went into The Stage on Broadway - this was the busiest bar with the best live music. It's also where parts of the film Country Strong were filmed - sadly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester were not there to share a beer with us!
The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson (America's 7th President). Beautiful house and grounds (to walk off breakfast!), not so sure about his political views though!
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - this place has so many items on show! It was pretty amazing - even if you are not a country music fan, you can't help but be blown away with the collection. The building is massive!
Places we ate:
We stopped for lunch at Burger Up, which was really good - we got there just in time as the power blew right after we were served our delicious food!
Right next door to Burger Up is Las Paletas (Paletas are Mexican popsicles/ice lollies that come in creamy or fruity flavours) - they are to die for and make you want to try one in every flavour!
We had breakfast at The Loveless Cafe which has the best biscuits and preserves I've ever tasted.We also had the best pancakes ever at The Pancake Pantry, totally worth waiting in line for.
Some my photos below, more here