Summer 2013 Trip to Nashville

Sep 26

Summer 2013 Trip to Nashville

In the summer of 2013 my mom and I visited Nashville. The original idea was to visit one of the ladies on my Facebook Lipedema Support Group. That didn’t work out, but we decided to go because we had tickets to see Vince Gill as part of the Ryman Auditorium’s Bluegrass Series.

We spent about four days exploring Nashville. We stayed near Opryland but didn’t do any shopping at the mall nearby.

We got into town for the concert starting on Thursday night. We checked into our hotel and made our way downtown. We weren’t sure where to park  and the Ryman parking was high, but we ended up parking in a lot near the river for $20. That was the highest we spent on parking for the entire trip. I found a great app that helped us find better prices for parking.

We loved the Ryman. It truly feels like a spiritual place and it truly deserves the name The First Church of Country Music.

Our seats were so close to the stage. I got some great photos of Vince Gill and the band. I had no idea Vince Gill started in bluegrass. My mom loves bluegrass music and we had a really good time.

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We spent Friday and Saturday just exploring Nashville. We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame and bought the extra tour to the Studio B where Elvis, Dolly Parton and several other artists have recorded their famous hits. We had an awesome tour guide and learned so much about the buildings we passed, the Nashville of the past and the Nashville of the present.

We tried to go to the Bluebird cafe on Friday night, but the line was already too long when we got there even though it was over two hours before the show. You can get reservations, but I didn’t know which night we’d be going – Friday or Saturday – so I decided to wait and try to get a walk in ticket. That didn’t work out, but I hope to go again and visit the Bluebird.

There was music everywhere. Buskers lined the streets downtown, and it wasn’t just country music. I heard some classic rock, some 80s music and some oldies. My mom tipped $1 to a redheaded kid playing guitar and singing on the corner. He was pretty good.

The weather was great even for the summer. It wasn’t too hot and when we did need to cool off we ducked into a restaurant or ice cream shop. We had some of the best food there. We ate BBQ and I had some Gyros from a restaurant at the farmer’s market.

Transportation was easy too. We drove into town from our hotel and found one of the $5 lots using the website I found. Then we took the free bus lines around town. Yes, they are totally free. These free buses are air conditioned and take you to all parts of Nashville. When we were ready to head back to the hotel, we just took the bus back to the main terminal near the river and picked up the car.

We also took a ghost tour on Saturday night. We found out that parking at the downtown library was only $5, so we parked there and walked to the meeting spot for the tour. We had a great time exploring the city on foot and hearing some creepy stories. There was a haunted hotel right across the street that I would love to stay in one day.

I loved this trip with my mom. One of the things I miss about not living so close to her anymore is we’re not able to as many trips together as we used to. I’m looking forward to going back to Georgia to visit or maybe have her come out and visit me so I can show her all the wonderful things we’ve found here in San Antonio.

Want to see more? Check out my slideshow of photos from Nashville.

Have you ever visited Nashville? What was your favorite thing to do? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.


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