The South

We’ve barely begun and we’ve already seen so much.

First, Nashville. We absolutely love this charming little city. We actually talked about moving here. Pluses: No income tax; a ton of live music; user-friendly city. Minuses: One—and it’s a big one—humidity. Can’t do it nohow.


This is what we called “Honky-Tonk Street. Broadway is lined with fall-in dives on both sides. It’s a little like Beale Street in Memphis, but Memphis is blues. Nashville is country, baby.  IMG_8908

It’s mid-April and the trees are in bloom. Stunning. We were at Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, and I tried to capture this big-ass bumblebee doing its thing.IMG_8842

We went to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. I found it ionic that Jack Daniels is only produced at this location, which is in a dry county.IMG_8914

We were incredibly lucky to get in to Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House for lunch (“suppah”), where we sat at the same table with a dozen or so people from all around the world. Here are Jim and Alan in the parlor, telling stories, before the dinner bell is rung.IMG_8925

We went to the Ryman Auditorium, which was where the original Grand Ol’ Opry was. It started its life as a church—hence the pew seats—and later it was home to the Opry. It’s a live radio broadcast, which is a kick when the Cracker Barrel commercials come on. Nowadays it’s in a huge auditorium out in Opryland, forty minutes from town. But they still are ON AIR and they still have commercials for Viagra and Cracker Barrel.  IMG_8896No pics from the new Opry because I was on a camera break.

Of course, no trip to the south would be complete without a few stops at some Civil War battlefields. IMG_8938


More later.


  1. Sounds like a super trip! On to New Orleans for the jazz. BTW - I adore Aaron Neville's voice-he is something else! Glad you saw him. Enjoy NO-one of our favorite places. We will be there in Nov. to pick up another cruise. Maybe we should go early enough and do what you are doing. I love the south (but not in summer-been there and done that)1

    Keep on having fun on this trip!

  2. It looks great! The South is so very different-interesting to a West coast person like myself.

  3. Sounds like fun! But I do agree with minus...humidity, and girl it is still spring!
    I live is swelter of humidity, but it doesn't mean I like it.Louisiana has some good things to offer, but you have to suffer for some of them.

  4. Sounds like you're having a fun trip again! I was blown away when we visited a Civil War site and learned that they fought in the summer heat wearing WOOL uniforms.

  5. Margaret W @ cypress ridgeApril 21, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I was born in Tennessee, in a little town about 1 1/2 hours away from Nashville. My mom and Dad were in a square dance club that would go to the Opery at the Ryman and dance. When I visited there it was fun to stand on the same stage. Nashville is really fun to visit!.


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