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  • Day74

    Day 73 - Nashville Without You

    July 4 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Woke up at 8.30am & again decided to give breakfast a miss again.

    Jackie had the bright idea for us to call in at AutoZone Auto Parts to seek advice on the damage to Doodle. It wasn’t great news, the damage of scratches & bits snapped off on the lower bumper were irreparable. Worst still, the guy who came out to look at our car noticed that the offside of the bumper was also cracked. Worse even still, we discovered that some c*#t had scratched an ‘M’ into the same bumper. We think it must have happened in Memphis & the motive for the mindless damage was that the car plates are from California. The verdict was that a new bumper would be required by the hire car company. Brilliant!

    We drove on to the Casey Jones Museum & lots of other things. I always thought that Casey Jones was a fictional character, but no, he was John Luther Jones who died on his train ‘Old 382’ on the 30th April 1900. Our minds were more still thinking about the damage to our car & how best to deal with it, so we didn’t take too much in. I can say that the Museum included his house he lived in when he died, his train, a carriage on a pole, a motel & several shops & odds & sods.

    Trying to put the damage to the back of our minds, we found our way to Ridgeway Cemetery still in Jackson, where the Mausoleum of Carl Perkins was situated. After a quick photo & a blast of Blue Suede Shoes on the car stereo, we were off & back on Interstate 40, Music 🎶 Highway.

    We stopped for fuel & a MaccyD, then cruised on to Hurricane Mills, the Ranch belonging to that Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn. Her Ranch is enormous, it contains her family home, a Museum, a Chapel, a Shop & Cafe, a graveyard, a championship motorcycle cross course, an RV park & chalets. The grounds were very scenic, particularly with the river running through it.

    We continued towards Nashville, with our soft top roof being put up & down several times due to the irrational weather. Our next stop was the Loveless Cafe & Motel & Shop etc that sold overpriced Jams & Hams & other gifts. We browsed, but didn’t buy.

    Next on the trip, was the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge. It was slightly underwhelming, probably because we only passed below it. We continued to a little town called Franklin, then joined the masses on Interstate 65 heading into Nashville.

    At 4:30pm, we pulled up outside our hotel for the night, the Hilton Garden Inn on Broadway in Music Row, but so had seemed had everyone else. It was chaos, cars everywhere blocking the entrance to the car park. Jackie went in to reception, whilst I queued with the car. Eventually I got to the barrier only to discover I needed a bloody passcode, so I reversed back & abandoned the car & went in search of Jackie.

    Half an hour later we were finally in our room & after uploading Jackie’s little Nutbush dance on Instagram, we went down to reception to catch the shuttle bus down town. This was also chaotic, so we set off down town on foot. It was possibly not the best time to visit Nashville, being the eve of the 4th of July!

    We weren’t the only ones walking, there were streams of people, but soon we had arrived at the other end of Broadway. At the junction with 5th Avenue S, there was a huge stage set up & a band going through a sound & lights check. There were tv cameras everywhere getting set to record the concert. After enquires with both security guards & ticket touts (ELO were playing that night in the Bridgestone Arena), I only established that all the activity on & around the stage were preparations for tomorrow night. Surely a well-known band or artist were playing, but no-one seemed to know who. I have since googled it & it is Brett Eldredge, Mac McAnally, Jessy Wilson, Dylan Scott, Nashville Symphony & many others.

    Broadway in Nashville is like, Beale Street in Memphis, bar after bar of neon lights & excellent live music. Better still, the Broadway bars didn’t require a cover charge!

    Our first stop of the evening was Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk & Rock ‘n’ Roll Steakhouse. We went to the downstairs bar & purchased a beer & watched an excellent band playing at one end on an elevated stage. The band were playing cover versions of classic songs such as Mr. Jones, Piece of my Heart & Sweet Child O’ Mine. The music took a stranglehold on me & I could’ve stayed all night, but Jackie dragged me away for food.

    We walked down toward the Cumberland River & found the quieter Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery. We had a pint each & a large portion of spicy wings to share. Apparently that was enough! From our seats, we could see across the river to the Nissan Stadium, which was open, I think to screen the Jamaica v USA football match.

    After a ‘substantial’ meal, we wandered back & stopped at Nudie’s Honky Tonk, where another excellent band were playing under a Cadillac attached to the wall. As we approached the bar, a woman accosted me & asked if I was from the Bronx. “No, why?” “Because it’s on your T-shirt”. She was from the Bronx & wanted to know all about our trip, fortunately after a while her husband ushered her away.

    We sat at the bar & listened to the band, but Jackie was getting itchy feet 🦶 & wanted to get nearer the band. Before I knew it Jackie was dancing with all the other tipsy women to foot-tappers such as Billie-Jean, Faith & 9 to 5. I might have accidentally recorded a small bit of it.

    I extracted Jackie from the dance floor & headed further up Broadway. My final intended stop was Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, but the ‘Gary Glitter Lookalike Jobsworth’ doorman wouldn’t let Jackie in with her rucksack. We had seen signs saying that people may be refused entry to bars if they had anything other than small handbags. Now we appreciate the need for security & caution at such events, but Jackie’s rucksack is foldable & only contained her lipstick, perfume & cardigan!

    We couldn’t be bothered to argue & as the venue was between swapping over bands we decided to call time on another great night. We had a very pleasant walk back to our hotel.

    Song of the Day - Nashville Without You by Tim McGraw

    Bonus Songs of the Day -

    Casey Jones by Johnny Cash
    Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins
    Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn
    Loveless Cafe by 20 Minutes To Park
    American Rock ‘n Roll by Kid Rock
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  • Day14

    Nashville Day 2

    May 12 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    We visited the country musical hall of game museum. It was interesting, probably would have enjoyed it more if i knew more country artists but it was good
    Also went to the Johnny Cash museum which was really good. Lots of music to listen to and videos to watch as well as lots and lots of memorabilia. It was fantastic!!!! A definite must see i thought.
    Great steak for lunch, more live music!
    Did some souvenir shopping and an Uber trip to Ross for a suitcase! We were pretty much on our limit with 3 bags so Sarah bought a new bag in preparation for Disney. She didn’t think she/we would need another bag so couldn’t believe it. I on the other hand knew it was definitely coming 😂

    We rode some electric scooters down to town! You use Uber to rent them for 15c/minute and can just pick up and leave them along the street anywhere. Once we got the app to work, the bloody scooter wouldn’t work. So we walked down the street to find some more and finally had some luck. They went faster then I thought, a lot of fun and laughs.
    Same night as last night. Dinner, drinks & music!

    From a place I never had on my list of must sees, I didn’t know what to expect. I had a fantastic time and would definitely go back!!
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  • Day1371

    USA Tour - Nashville, Tennessese

    December 13, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    WHAT A NIGHTMARE OF A DAY!

    Had to get a coach from Memphis to here, however the coach was delayed a good hour, and then we got stuck in traffic for 2 hours making a 4 hour journey close to 8 with the drivers break!

    Anyway finally made it to the hostel which is quite cool - it’s called downtown Nashville hostel. It’s huge and all the rooms are named after bands etc.... guess which room I was put in.... THE BEATLES. Bastards

    Anyway it was pissing down so I only went for a quick walk around the block around 9pm and had a quick beer before people retiring to bed. However from my first impressions.... I like Nashville. I like it a lot
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  • Day1372

    USA Tour - Nashville

    December 14, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Up and out today aaaaaaand it was lashing it down. Gutted. Hasn’t stopped all day and when you don’t really have much winter/wet weather clothing it’s a proper bitch.

    However I did manage to get a few sites in before I and to give up and turn back. I went to see the state capitol building which is cool, saw the Andrew Jackson monument, Vietnam war monument, Korean War monument etc, basically I went to the war museum.

    After I had managed to get soaked i went to broadway to a place called nudies honkey tonk bar which was awesome. It had the longest bar in Nashville it was class. The band was awesome, played some cool songs and I even got a request on which was sharp dressed man and they did it brilliantly! After a few beers in there I went to broadway brewery- 70 ales on tap! Cool place and I had brisket nachos that was bigger than my torso!

    I debated about going out tonight but I’ve been told Saturday is the big night so I saved my money as I have to pick and choose my battles when travelling as once the money is gone. That’s it. Game over. Time to fly home. So I went back the hostel and just chilled, kinda boring but you can’t constantly keep yourself entertained whilst away, and sometimes just doing nothing is good for the mind.

    Hopefully tomorrow I can get out and go and see the pantheon and the grand old oprey- fingers crossed for the weather...
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  • Day12

    Gossip Girl Tour

    May 10 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Today we got to sleep in a bit with our Gossip Girl Tour not starting until 10. We planned to eat breakfast at the hotel but we hit snooze a few times and ended up with a maccas breakfast on the run after snapping a few pics on those red stairs in Time Square.
    Met at the Palace Hotel - the home of Serena. Then off to see the places where the high school scenes are filmed. Dylan’s Candy Store next for some sugary goodness. Off to get our picture in front of the MET, famous steps in the show. Next, the Empire Hotel, home of Chuck Bass which involved me running 2 blocks to get a photo with a red sign above the hotel that you always see in the show!! Our tour finished off at Grand Central Station!Read more

  • Day14

    Travelling to Nashville

    May 12 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Seemed like a good day to leave NYC because it was raining when we left for the airport. We had to fly to Chicago and connect to Orlando from there so we were a bit nervous about our bags because you hear bad stories.
    We flew out of Newark Airport on New Jersey side. It was pretty damn big and there were iPads on all the tables. You could order food and drinks from them and try had all these games you could play - also charging points everywhere which was great!
    Our bags did arrive so all was well 😌

    Time for a nap and then we were off to Broadway! A strip of bars all playing loud, live music! Very busy streets with lots of neon signs everywhere. It almost felt like Vegas without the gambling!!

    Great night - had good burgers for dinner and then made our way along the street and spent some time in a few different bars! Almost might be converted 😂
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  • Day1373

    USA Tour - Nashville

    December 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    The weather was much better today so I walked up to the Pantheon which was about an hours walk away. Once you get past Broadway there isn’t much after that, it’s kinda boring however the ‘The Gulch’ area of Nashville is cool, I’d recommend that area to anyone for a little walk about.

    I got to the pantheon which is a full size scale replica of the original in Greece, not exactly sure why they built it in a park just outside of Nashville however it is pretty awesome to walk around - inside is an art gallery which is not really my thing so I just kept to staying outside and walking around it. It just means I have to go to the original now to compare....

    After my hour walk back into Nashville I had a little jaunt around music row on my way back... meh

    I get back to my hostel and get changed ready for a few beers and enjoy what the night had to offer - although I’ve got to be honest I didn’t enjoy it. Every bar was rammed so you could barely move and tbh I’m getting sick of drinking. I don’t drink much as it is, and I think my body just wants me to drink water for a few days, especially when I’ve been eating nothing but crap for a month too!

    I persevered for a few hours but then made my way back to the hostel to watch the rocky fielding fight - didn’t have much hope for him.... I can’t decide if alvarez was just levels above in quality or whether rocky just didn’t fancy it. Either way at least he can say he headlined at madison Square garden!

    Last full day tomorrow, no plans as of yet, I might just wait for the notice board to be updated and see what’s on there...
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  • Day1374

    USA Tour - Nashville

    December 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Last day in Nashville - took it easy. I managed to watch the Liverpool game and then I went for a walk up and down Broadway and went to a bar called tin roof. I was there for hours watching the band and eating awesome food.

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