I knew I was going to like Nashville even before I got there. It is, after all, the home of country music. I halfway expected to hear my favorite songs playing out of the sky as I walked downtown.
Nashville is a place where artists and creatives congregate - waiting for a big break or soaking in inspiration.
Amidst green rolling hills and blooming blossoms is a diverse city with congenial people. We opted out of most of the local "attractions" in favor of spending time with friends.
While in the area, however, we did have a chance to walk through the Opryland Hotel. It is elephantine in size and has the same extravagant "flavor" as Las Vegas resorts (minus the slot machines). There are a number of restaurants and shops inside, along with indoor waterfalls and plentiful plant life. Our girls ran through the corridors - pointing, laughing, and holding hands.
My favorite area in the Nashville metro area was probably historic Downtown Franklin - which features a frozen yogurt shop, an old time toy store, a presbyterian church that is open 24 hours a day for prayer, and a grocery store with a vibe of coolness that seeps out to the road. I could have spent HOURS there with my eye behind the camera.
Have you ever been to Nashville? What did you like/not like about it?
Just for kicks - name the first country song that pops in your head.