We are on the road!!
I haven't been able to post in a timely manner, so these are a bit late, but I hope to remedy my tardiness once across the Mexican border.
We made it to our hotel just outside Nashville late NYE, settled in for some pizza and champagne, and went deep into some sleep. The next day was cold and very dreary, but Natasha and I had to check out the sites of the city, which included a short drive outside downtown to Antique Archaeology. Unfortunately there was no Frank Fritz or his bag 'o bundles, but a great place to check out nevertheless.
Nashville fun facts from www.visitmusiccity.com
Joel Owsley Cheek was the inventor of Maxwell House Coffee, the blend that became so popular it made Nashville the center of the nation’s coffee business in the early 20th century. In 1892, he developed a recipe for a blend of premium beans and convinced the manager of the Maxwell House Hotel to try the coffee and then to serve it exclusively. The coffee was so well received by the hotel’s guests that the owner gave Cheek permission to use the Maxwell House name for the coffee. The phrase “good to the last drop” was coined by President Theodore Roosevelt after he sipped coffee at the hotel.
Located on Music Row, recording studio Warner/Chappell Production Music is internationally renowned for its musical talent in radio, television, and advertising. They create custom scores for television shows like the “Today Show”, “Regis and Kelly”, ABC Sports, HGTV, Animal Planet, and more. Over 200 local TV stations and networks worldwide use 615 Music.
Tennessee was the last state to secede from the Union during the Civil War and the first state to be readmitted after the war. East Tennesseans were strongly pro-Union, while West and Middle Tennesseans were primarily on the side of the Confederacy.
During prohibition in the 1930s, many of the local printers established boot-legging in their basements located in downtown’s Printers Alley. When alcohol was legal once again, the bars simply remained there — and many are still operational today.
I am writing from a hotel outside of New Orleans, where we have been for the past two days, so stay tuned for pictures from The Big Easy...