This past weekend my husband, our daughter Whitney, granddaughter Avery Grace, and I traveled to Nashville to visit our son Benjamin. The weather was cold and dreary, with icy winds gusting to 25 miles an hour, but that didn't keep us from having a good time.
Although we weren't able to spend time outdoors, we ventured out Saturday and saw parts of Nashville we had not seen on previous trips. Our first stop was for brunch at the Loveless Cafe, an institution in Nashville since 1951.
Although we had to wait for over a half hour to be served, it was well worth the wait. I highly recommend that you add it to your "must see" places if you are planning a visit to Nashville (you can click on the above link if you'd like to visit their website).
Next, we drove to downtown Nashville, and spent about an hour just riding around seeing the sights. There's nothing like doing a "drive-by photo shoot" from the back seat of a GMC Sierra, trying to avoid shooting power lines, traffic lights, trees, and cars zipping by. Here are a few of my "outtakes" ...
However, I did manage to capture a few "keepers," like the skyline pictures. I thought they were pretty good considering I took them from the interstate several miles away, while we were going around 65 mph.
See the building on the left that resembles Batman? It's the AT&T building, or "the bat tower," as it's called by locals ...
Here are a few of the sights that caught my attention downtown. I found it interesting that there were so many historical landmarks mixed in with the "Music City" landmarks ...
I have to admit that it was more than a little frustrating trying to capture all of those wonderful sights from the back seat of a moving vehicle. I would love to go back some day and do a "walking photo shoot," showcasing the architectural details of the old buildings and some of the neon signs along Broadway Street. Now that I think about it, I would probably need more than a day. Just look at all the treasures I managed to capture in an hour ...
I braved the icy winds to get this shot of the imposing Tennessee State Capitol building perched high on a hill overlooking the city.
Another "Oh, I wish I had my zoom lens!" moment.
Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny, but still cold and windy, as we headed home to Vicksburg, already missing Benjamin, but thankful for our time with him.
Thank goodness for Leapsters, DVD players, and Tootsie Rolls when you're traveling over a thousand miles with a five-year-old.
Although it's slower, it was the closest route, and the Trace is so much more pleasant than traveling by interstate.
A pretty Mississippi sunset welcomed us home the perfect ending to a wonderful weekend filled with lots of love, laughter, and sweet memories we will all cherish for a very long time.