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STILL THINKING OF NASHVILLE And what to see next time

Interior of the Historic Ryman Auditorium

Historic Ryman Auditorium – 116 5th Ave.
This venue offers a self-guided tour of the interior. There are exhibits, a gift shop a dynamite video, and other opportunities to enjoy this first-on-the-list Nashville attraction. Concerts are also held here. With amazing acoustics, this auditorium in recognized as the Carnegie Hall of the South.

The Grand Ole Opry
What a gorgeous place. The guided back stage tour is a must!

Belmont Mansion

Belmont Mansion – 1700 Acklen Ave. on the campus of Belmont University
This ornate Italianate villa contains some of the history of Nashville. It was built by the beautiful Adelicia Acklen a very wealthy woman of the mid 19th century. The architecture and furnishings are true to the period and most interesting.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Explore the museum which honors classic and current artists. Charlie Daniels calls it an “unending history book, a story that will go on as long as young men and women have a desire in their hearts and fire in their bellies.” Shop the museum store or eat in one of three eateries. On my list for my next visit. 222 Fifth Street South

The Belle Mead Neighborhood home to the Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Pike, and the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, 1200 Forest Park Drive.
Next time.

Tootsie’s Bar

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge 422 Broadway
Good music and just plain fun!

Bluebird Café 4140 Hillsboro Pike
A next time must: Free on Friday nights the show features up and comers and hit-makers. You saw it on the TV show “Nashville.”

And while I’m on Hillsboro Pike, I won’t miss author Ann Patchett’s Bookstore
Parnassus Books www.parnassusbooks.net
Located a 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14 this is an extraordinary place for those who love books. Next time, for sure!

And one more:

The General Jackson Showboat Boat Tour
This departs from Gaylord Opryland Cumberland River Dock, 2812 Opryland Drive
Food and entertainment, but the tour is dockside? What’s up with that? Maybe this deserves to be at the end of the list or maybe it’s a fascinating venue.


Some photos in this blog courtesy of Pat Unrau

Inside the new Grand Old Opry

Belmont Mansion

the ramp leaving Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Our group rental in a lovely residential neighborhood

garden behind our rental home

Fantastic backstage tour at the Opry. Unfortunately my pictures were not too good. Loved seeing the backstage rooms for performers, simpler than might be expected.

Also a great tour of the Belmont House on the grounds of a beautiful university

Nashville Farmer’s Market

Nashville Hot Chicken

Interior of the Historic Ryman Auditorium

Many thanks to our crazy fun college friends group for great times: Lana, Susan, Pat, Ina Jane and Pam. Friends forever!



It’s time to celebrate another independent bookstore. This one is owned by author Ann Patchett and can be found on Hillsboro Pike in Nashville, Tennessee.

I loved hearing Ann Patchett’s account of the excitement of the bookstore business in her recent memoir. (The Story of A Happy Marriage, review in the April Archives) I planned a visit there first chance that came along. Here we are in Nashville, Tennessee. Come along for a tour.


Books are the stars in this place. Must be one of the reasons I love bookstores so much.

Greetings from Books New This Week meet me right inside the door.


Friendly staff and happy patrons are a good mix.

One hallmark of this place is the feel of endless books communicated here, an important key to this bookstore’s welcome to book lovers.


The store features well marked genres and an inviting organization.






Mysteries stacked to the ceiling are ready to add intrigue to your summer.


The children’s section has its own charm. Books and more books. All kind of interesting things here.. The area is inviting.




Ann Patchett has some picks worth a second look.


Here’s a favorite table with new fiction.


This book store is current and fun.

Picks for Dad’s Special Day


Exciting Author events. I’d like to be there for most of these.


Lots of stuff for book lovers.


When you visit here, you will have book recommendations to last a lifetime.

This was a hard place to say good-bye. Hope you can visit some time.

Here’s the link to the bookstore website, always open for browsing.



There are times when it seems that TV drama is the fiction fix I most enjoy. Oh, I haven’t given up books, but I love good TV fiction.

The fave five of the moment:


Downton Abbey
The Crawley Family and their servants are having quite a time. Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess still gets many of the best lines. This week episode four of the new season made the Sunday night hour fly by. Has a television show ever made time disappear so quickly? I suppose so, but….. Some may think Downton is turning into a soap opera. What do you think? And, what does it mean to call the show a soap opera? Since Homeland turned the plot pages with such convincing speed, perhaps other shows would like to emulate that kind of plotting. Downton is ripping along. A few pages of the script may be torn along the edges, but I care about the characters and I care what happens next. And the housekeeper, Mrs. Hughes, isn’t she a wonder?


The Good Wife
I don’t expect an argument when I say this is some of the best writing on television. Everything about the show is terrific. And now that the lead character Alicia Florrick played by Julianna Margulies has started a new firm with Matt Czuchry’s character Cary Agos, the lawyers are more combative than ever. And keep your eye on investigator Kalinda. What will happen next for her?


Top of the Lake
This mini-series from Sundance last year is available on Netflicks. I have watched about half of the episodes. Golden Globe best actress winner Elizabeth Moss is stunning in the lead role as detective Robin Griffin returning to her hometown in a remote part of New Zealand. The cinematography of New Zealand is frightening in its beauty and ability to suggest danger. The series is a bit raw for me, but so far I’m sticking with it. Small-town secrets can be irresistible.


The final episode of the four year HBO series wrapped about a week ago. New Orleans, the music and the people will no longer be part of my regular TV viewing. The series depicts life after Hurricane Katrina. I recommend this if you like to get to know a place and you enjoy more leisurely story-telling. The creator and producer of The Wire also did this show. He knows how to get under the skin of a place and tell its story.

Callie Khouri writes this show. It debuted in 2012. Last week seemed a bit slow. Maybe we need a chance to catch a breath before the plot plunges on. Music is a big part of the show. Both Connie Britton, who plays a fading country music star, and Hayden Panettiere, who is a younger star, create characters that are fun to watch. Over the last couple of years, the show has been recognized for acting, music, editing, and costumes. I don’t feel too guilty for enjoying this show.

And there is more to come.
True Detectives is a new series with SAG Award winner Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on HBO on Sunday night. After the movie, Catching Fire, I’m a Woody Harrelson fan. I haven’t had a chance to see this new series yet. Sunday nights are crowded. This show has been getting lots of positive buzz in the press.

House of Cards opens the second season on Feb. 14. The Kevin Spacey character Frank Underwood is vice president. Last season Robin Wright gave tremendous performances as his wife. All thirteen episodes will be available.

I also look forward to the return of Orange Is the New Black, on Netflicks.

What is your favorite TV fiction fix? Tell us about it so we won’t miss it.