So folks....this ain't China! ha It's not easy to come up with amazing photographic posts. But I try. I really do. :) On this day, my workmate Valerie and I walked down to Broadway in downtown Nashville.
The Ryman Auditorium where the Grand Ole Opry used to be held (before they moved to the new theater next to the Opryland Hotel! As a child I remember being forced to go to the Opry with my parents and out-of-town relatives (my brother was older and could stay at home...lucky bro). I really really did NOT like going and would bug my father for money to go to the concession stand just for something to do. Back then (I was about 10), I didn't appreciate the music at all. Now...I'm grateful for my memories. :)
A Nun outside Tootsie's Orchid Lounge! :) Classic! Tootsie's is a famous Broadway "honky tonk" and it's where all the Opry stars would go for a little "watering down" after the shows on the weekend. There was even a back door where they could enter from the alley since right behind Tootsie's is the Ryman Auditorium. Today, Tootsie's is still hugely famous with tourists and the walls are LINED with famous country music stars.
This is my workmate, Valerie, outside Tootsie's! :) I'm pretty sure that's Patsy Cline in the top right and of course you can see the photo of Johnny Cash at the bottom right. Valerie has been loving our walks because as a transplanted Floridian (and before that Canada!) she is benefitting greatly from my vast knowledge of downtown Nashville! ha
This is a huge "art" sculpture just across the river from Broadway and 1st Avenue and just outside LP Stadium where the Titans play. Nashville is a wonderful city....but sometimes they don't get things exactly right. Because this "art" (and I do believe that art is in the eye of the beholder) just reminds me of a rollercoaster ride gone very, very bad! Just my opinion.....
Now...on to yet anothe walk...this one began around Legislative Plaza and the War Memorial and went up many stairs to the Capitol and around it and down many stairs to....well, take a look:
In the background is my mirrored building but the sculpture is of Chet Atkins......with the Segway of the Nashville Ambassador (the guy to the far right you can barely see in the yellow shirt). They Segway around downtown daily and keep the peace. :) If a homeless person is excessively bothering someone they will stop it....they give directions to tourists, etc. They're nice to see and they have nice rides. :)
This is Legislative Plaza. That's the War Memorial Building on the left and the Capitol building of Nashville straight ahead. Back in the day (before the Tennessee Performing Arts Complex, TPAC) was built, all my dance recitals were held in the War Memorial auditorium and the Tennessee State Museum used to be housed in the basement of the War Memorial Bldg. Today, many House of Representatives' offices are housed in the War Memorial. On a bright, sunny day, it's a nice place to have lunch.
We're up at the Capitol now. Such a beautiful "blue sky" day! Ever since living in Beijing and folks calling such days "blue sky" days (because, you know, they don't have as many as they'd like so they always comment on such beautiful days)....I will always call such beautiful days BLUE SKY days! :)
We're standing just outside the entrance doors to the Capitol. Beautiful Tennessee landscape in the background. We went in so I could show Valerie the inside of the Capitol and where William Stricklin (the architect of the building) was entombed in the walls....but alas, 9/11 has changed a lot in our world and since I didn't have my I.D. (license) on me...we couldn't get past the security guard. Another day we will do this.
Valerie and I have been taking these downtown walks for exercise and to show Valerie more of the city in which she works (she lives a bit further out in Hendersonville, TN) but the benefits of this particular walk went by the wayside when we saw this hot dog vendor! We couldn't resist and enjoyed a couple of "dogs" outside our building at a table before heading back inside for work. :)
Valerie likes all the "works" while I prefer my dog very plain! ha Another great walk in downtown Nashville where I absolutely LOVE working. If I could afford it, nothing would make me happier than to also live downtown. But that's beyond my financial reach for now. I realized just how much I adore city living when I was in Beijing. But I am very glad that I only live about 5 miles out from downtown Nashville. However...unless you live downtown or are very committed to support all things downtown....one tends to stay at home at NOT come downtown on the weekends. There are many wonderful things going on in downtown Nashville on the weekends (this weekend is the Dove Awards and the Nashville marathon). If I lived downtown I would be right there at every event...taking photos! :) Maybe one day. For now, it's more important that I live near family members. More soon, folks. I've LL in C (loved life in China) for a long time but now I am LL in T (loving life in Tennessee). I continue to (and always will) mourn my life in Beijing because it was just so great and fulfilled every part of my being except not being near my family. I cannot WAIT until my visit in the fall. Two weeks in Beijing! I'm already making a list of folks to see, places to see, favorite haunts to revisit, favorite restaurants to visit, etc. It may be 5 months away but planning is fun! :) T.