Our hotel today had a very nice hot breakfast, of eggs, sausages, waffles, french toast, muffins, juices, and coffee. All you wanted and all you could eat. About the best we have had on the trip.
Our first stop today was The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson. It’s just east of Nashville so I figured he must have built his home there in hopes of becoming a country recording star, and when that didn’t happen he ran for the Presidency. The price of admission was a little more than cost to fill my tank with gas, so I was apprehensive. And I guess I was naive to think I could take pictures, and when they told that no cameras were allowed inside the home I was quite disappointed.
I did get a few shots outside and through a window when I shouldn’t have but there really wasn’t much to see as far as I was concerned. The tour was made up of about fifteen folks and at each doorway, which by the way was covered with a glass or clear plastic door, the docent would stop and give about a five-minute speech about the room and who used it. Then as she moved on you may have gotten a chance to look in for a moment. Not the best. Upstairs it was just as bad. And I think all together there must have been about at least six docents that were with you, making sure you did not touch anything, go where you were not supposed to, or take any pictures. Outside, you were allowed to step on the grass, or on the pathways, but in the gardens you had to follow particular paths, and not step off even to take a picture. In the cemetery section again you had to stay strictly on a particular path. Today, there were young students, of about the age of ten or twelve, who had earned the privilege of dressing in period costumes and giving about a one to two minute talk at about twenty or more locations throughout the site. I asked one young lady how many times she had given her speech and she said she only got to do it for one hour. Although she was still smiling, I could tell she was getting tired of saying the same thing, over and over, and over.
In the museum area pictures were allowed of some of the clothing worn by Jackson and his wife.
Now on in to Nashville, where country music is king. The Belmont Mansion was first to see, then the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. From there on to the Ryman Auditorium and we got a couple of shots of the Sommet Center, the newest glass sports and entertainment center. Music row was alive with entertainment "joints", and bars. And we even got a couple of shots of Fort Nashborough, down near the river. We tried to get a shot of the State Capital building, but didn’t have much luck on that one.
On out to the new Opryland, which is about ten minutes east of downtown. This is a huge complex, convention center, resort and outlet mall. If you aren’t there for shopping or to see a show at the Grand Old Opry, then there really isn’t much to see. There wasn’t a performance today, so we got a quick pic or two and drove on, after we finally found our way back out.
Nashville Sights & Attractions review
President Andrew Jackson's Home
The Hermitage, home to President Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, went through three stages of building beginning in 1821. … read entire review