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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Georgia to Nashville

Hi Everyone,

We left Locust Grove Georgia at 6 am on Tuesday morning, as we had to drive through Atlanta on our way to Nashville & didn’t want to get caught in Peak Hour traffic.

Checkout how many lanes - 8!

Well it was certainly busy but no hold up at all on our side:

Not so lucky for the people going in the other direction:

 Very busy going into Atlanta!

It also starting raining & it was a lot cooler, but that is OK when you are driving.

When I booked our week in Nashville several months ago I had a lot of trouble getting Motels, I ended up having to book 3 separate ones for our week! As it turns out it is because The Country Music Awards are on this week!

So extremely lucky that I did pre-book as well as buying our Grand Ole Opry Tickets for the Tuesday & Friday Show.

Also lucky with the weather as the rain had all cleared by the time we got Nashville:

A beautiful day

Found a friend

& Our favourite shop!

We were too early to check in so we went touring!

Dave thought he might buy this :)

After lunch we went back to the Motel & checked in, we had organised a shuttle to take us to the Opry Show so we had a few pre-drinks before we took off.

When we got there it was packed - because of the awards & they have a full week long of entertainment - we arrived right in the thick of it!

Cheers at Opryland!

Live Bands - outside

Lots of people

Then inside for the Tuesday Radio Show - For those of you that don't know - The Grand Ole Opry is a Live radio show!

We had a good line up:
Little Jimmy Dickens he is 91!

Eric Church

Easton Corbin

Oak Ridge Boys

But the absolute headliner for the night was:
Carrie Underwood:

The following night Carrie won "Video of the Year" for her hit song Good Girl!
A Great Performance
The next day we caught a shuttle to downtown Nashville  -it was "chaotic" There was a parade going down Broadway & you couldn't move:
People Everywhere

We couldn't even see the parade!

We just checked out all the tourist shops & boot shops - lots of them!

A few buskers:

These guys were really good!

We had a lovely lunch at "The Big River" restaurant & then caught the shuttle back.

After a restful afternoon we went to the "World Famous - Nashville Palace"   (that's what it's called) for dinner & were entertained with country music by this guy - sorry didn't hear his name:
But he was a good singer!
    The next day we had to pack up & head off to our second Motel, but we have spoke to quite a few people that were caught out because they didn't know that the CMA Awards were on. 1 guy we spoke to was fuming cause he had to pay $50 for a tent site - he said " I wasn't buying the bloody tent" :)

On Friday we decided to miss the crowds & go to the Movies. We watched Madagascar 3 in 3D - it was very good, we really enjoyed it & there was only about 10 people in our cinema! After that we had lunch & headed back to the Motel to catch up on some washing, we had our shuttle booked to take us to the Opry so time for a few drinks :)

Well it was very quite at the Opry on Friday compared to Tuesday night - apparently alot of the stars were having concerts downtown.
But we still had a great time, here was our line up:

Jeannie Seely

Mel Tillis

Bill Anderson

Lauren Alaina - She came runner up in American Idol!

Larry Gatlin

& Charlie Pride - he was brilliant!

It was a very entertaining night.

This Morning we had to move to our 3rd Motel - We are at the Airport in Nashville & fly out to Denver tomorrow morning to visit Jo & the kids - unfortunately Jas is away on business. We will spend a few days with them before we head off on our road trip:) cant wait to hit the country roads, had enough of the big smoke already!
Dave & Shell

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