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Wow! Another great day! The zoo looks amazing! And your animal print shirt was perfect for the day!
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Wow, what an amazing place that is! You're right, it looks so like Animal Kingdom in so many places and what a fascinating history.
We loved the Nashville Zoo!

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That looks like a fantastic zoo! Reminds me of the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC a little. There you can walk on these paths where the kangaroos have freedom to roam (but you couldnít pet them). You can also feed giraffes there, which was a ton of fun. And they have zip lines.
Seemed like a perfect day for the zoo, and a nice finish to this trip!
It was an amazing zoo! In case you donít know, I am an animal freak and this was heaven!!

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Now I'm positive that I'm going to put my foot down when it comes to visiting the Nashville Zoo. I've asked several times to go, but someone in the family doesn't want to go to a zoo. I may have to give up on a family outing and just Luke and I go. It looks incredible. And now I know what you are petting in your sig pic.
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Now I'm positive that I'm going to put my foot down when it comes to visiting the Nashville Zoo. I've asked several times to go, but someone in the family doesn't want to go to a zoo. I may have to give up on a family outing and just Luke and I go. It looks incredible. And now I know what you are petting in your sig pic.
I canít believe you havenít been!! OH MY GOSH, YOU WOULD TOTALLY LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!!! Infact, I wish we had arranged to meet up with you guys here!! You need to go.

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September 29th

Part 2- The Parthenon, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gaylord, one last time!

Our next stop today was the Parthenon!! We are not sure if we will make it to the one in Greece or not, so we thought this would be a cool stop. I definitely wanted to know why on earth there was a replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, so I googled it and according to Nashville.gov:

ďThe building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals. Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture.Ē

All right, then!

The building is stunning and I can see why that explanation makes sense. The building is located in Centennial Park. It also serves as an art museum. Here are some pictures, which really do not do it justice:





















Athena Parthenos:













Our last stop of the day was at the Country Music Hall of Fame. This is an amazing museum whether you are a country music fan or not!







We stopped at the lobby cafe and split a chicken salad croissant and a nice IPA for lunch.





The museum is on the second and third floors. The first floor is a lobby and a gift shop. We got our tickets along with an audio guide and headed up the escalator. The museum is huge and I can see how a true country music fan could spend all day here!

My favorite exhibit was the story of Shania Twain. I love her music and did not appreciate her background until I came here.


This is Shaniaís story







Here are just a few of the many displays we saw:




















Elvisí favorite Caddy. He had gold wheels, a TV and a bar in the back of it.



We still had tons of time before we needed to head to the airport, so guess where we stopped?! we listened to these guys in the lobby:



Then we took one more walk around this beautiful resort before heading to the airport.

We got to the airport around 7 PM. We returned the car and before we knew it, it was time to board our flight home. Again, thankfully, it was uneventful and we landed at PHL around midnight. We picked our car up at Wally Park and were in our house by 1 AM.

I loved this trip!! I got to do tons of new stuff and eat at lots of great places!! It is my hope that we will continue to go to Chicago every September!!

That being said, it was great to be home!! While I knew she was in capable hands, I missed Lilly like crazy!! It also goes without saying that I surely missed my own bed!!

I hope you guys enjoyed.
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You packed a whole lot into your last day. I know I drove past the Parthenon one time when I was in Nashville, so now I know why it’s there, too!
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I did really enjoy it - thanks so much for sharing it with us Tara!

Oh wow, the Parthenon you saw is way more intact than the one in Greece. We saw it on a stupidly hot day in July and I must admit we were like "that's great, we've seen it, now can we get into some air conditioning?"
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Oh wow, the Parthenon you saw is way more intact than the one in Greece. We saw it on a stupidly hot day in July and I must admit we were like "that's great, we've seen it, now can we get into some air conditioning?"
Well, I can certainly appreciate the historic value of the real one. Honestly, it was not what I was expecting. Iím glad we went there, but it is not somewhere I need to return.
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You certainly packed a lot into your last day in Nashville! Great pictures from the zoo and the Country Music Hall of Fame! Thanks for taking us along for the ride!
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What a great trip you had! The Nashville Zoo looks amazing! I'm pretty sure I visited the Gaylord Opryland about 25 years ago. Was it just called the Opryland Hotel back then? If yes, then I've been there. It sure looked familiar in your pictures.
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Great time in Nashville and the Gaylord is just stunning! Some great meals and the zoo is quite something.
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What a great trip you had! The Nashville Zoo looks amazing! I'm pretty sure I visited the Gaylord Opryland about 25 years ago. Was it just called the Opryland Hotel back then? If yes, then I've been there. It sure looked familiar in your pictures.
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