Nashville - so much more than country music!

Hi everyone, while we are back in Australia I realised that I haven't finished all of my blogs from our trip. Next up us our time in Nashville. 

Nashville is an incredible city and we had an absolutely fantastic time! One of the things that Nashville is known for is country music and we saw some amazing music. We had a night at the Grand Ole Opry and a few evenings drinking whisky, eating BBQ and listening to music in the honky tonk bars on Broadway - it was so much fun. If you are in Nashville you should check out Robert's Western World - you can buy boots there, have a drink and listen to great music! 

While we were in Nashville we also got to see the one and only Bruce Springsteen - the BOSS! I had already seen Springsteen & the E Street Band play twice in Australia in the last year but to see the Boss in the US and in Nashville was incredible - he even played Born in the USA for the first time in the USA since 2009. You can read more about the amazing show on the Springsteen Blog!

We hired a fancy Lincoln car and headed to the Jack Daniels' Distillery in Lynchburg, once we got used to driving on the other side of the road. Jack Daniels' was so much fun (delicious)! On the way home we headed to the Loveless Cafe - an amazing place on the outskirts of Nashville - so much character and amazing Southern food! 

Speaking of food - Ash and I ate at so many delicious places in Nashville. I definitely recommend visiting Puckett's, Country Kitchen at the Omni, Firefly, Donut Den and Hog Heaven BBQ. Southern food is definitely top of my list of deliciousness - ribs, brisket and all of the sides! So good!

We were also lucky enough to be with friends on this trip who were able to show us around. It was great to spend time with our friend Mary Louise and one day we went on a hike in the glorious sunshine at Percy Warner Park. It was so great (although a mile is a hell of a lot longer than a kilometre!). It was so beautiful in the park - amazing that it was in a suburb.

The reason for our trip was for me to visit a number of preschools who are implementing great programs of inclusion. I visited an amazing elementary school in Nashville and I got to play with some sweet children and see some incredible teaching. While I was with the children they asked me where I was from and I told them Australia and they asked if it was in Tennessee. When I told them it wasn't and that it was where kangaroos and koalas lived, they stopped, looked at each and then asked if I lived at the zoo! They were the cutest and I had to try so hard not to cry from laughter. Here is an article about this amazing classroom that you might want to check out. 

Nashville = amazing, next stop on the tour is St Petersburg Florida. See you there! L xx