Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Day Trip to Nashville

After reading so much about Greece this year in our lessons, I had the idea lurking in the back of my mind that the children and I should head up to Nashville one day and visit the Parthenon! I tried many times to just plan the day, but nothing worked out, until one fine day on Spring Break. I talked to Shannon and he said it sounded like a great idea to him and so that next morning, the kids and I took off on a little adventure. 

This was the first trip to Nashville for the two youngest, but Eli had visited once when he and Shannon went to the Georgia vs. Vanderbilt game. 
We made it to Nashville around lunch time... my plan was to have a picnic and eat outside in beautiful Centennial park, but it was ooshy gooshy! The wind was whipping and quite cold... so before we got out to visit, we had our picnic in the car. Still fun! ;) 
It is a BEAUTIFUL sight to behold! Such detail! And it really is HUGE!

Athena (above) stands 42 feet tall!!!! She is covered in gold leaf and her spear was once a McDonald's flag pole. haha funny, huh? 

The Parthenon in Nashville is a to-scale replica of the one in Greece. It was built in the 20's! It's been remodeled since, but I thought that was fascinating that it started so long ago! 
Carlie and Abe loved the swings outside, they had a place for your feet and you could push to get yourself swinging rather than pumping your legs. 

These Parthenon Marbles are replicas made from plaster! There is a griffon that sets right outside the door and it was unbelievably light! I wish I had taken a picture of him! 
These doors however are 24 feet tall and a foot thick! AND they weigh 7.5 TONS each!!!! But you can move them easily! It's neat! 

While we were in Nashville, the kids and I drove by the Country Music Hall of Fame... this part of Nashville was PACKED to the gills... and it was only Wednesday! We decided not to try and stop, but to just drive by. We tried to get to the Grand ole Opry... but construction had many lanes blocked or stopped.  We did make our way to Trader Joes... which was AWESOME! I want to go back to Nashville JUST to go there AGAIN!!!!! 

It was a super fun day trip! I hope to plan more trips like this for the kids in the future. We packed our own food, and we didn't buy much, so basically we only used some time and gas... but we made lot's of memories, and there is no amount of money better than that. 

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