My cousin’s wedding was located just outside Nashville this past weekend so Christopher and I had a little bit of free time on Saturday afternoon to explore. Even though we’ve been there before, we really wanted to go back to the Parthenon because it is just SO cool! Someday we need to spend an entire weekend just site-seeing in Nashville. It’s such a neat city!
Nashville was a forerunner in education back in the mid-1850s and became known as the “Athens of the South”. The city is also built on a hill much like Athens. In 1897 a temporary Parthenon was put up here and in 1931 the one you see above was finished being built. It is a full size replica of the one in Athens. How cool is that?!
Us with the Parthenon! Also, if you notice that my hair looks shorter… that’s because it is. I wait forever between trims so I had to lose a little over an inch off the bottom. But at least it looks and feels so much healthier! But back to the Parthenon…
Aaaand us on the other side of the Parthenon. It’s so huge and such a cool building! The lawn around is used as a public park. There were frisbee games, a soccer game, couples picnicking, and lots of people laying under trees with books. How cool to have a place like this as the focal point of your local park!
So while we were in Nashville we also went to Maggiano’s for lunch because it’s our favorite! And on Sunday morning we went to Chinese church with my family. It has been several years since I last worshiped in Chinese and I have missed it. I really wondered if I’d understand anything happening, but it seems as if my Mandarin isn’t as far gone as I thought. I mean, it’s been 10 years since I moved back to the States and I definitely haven’t kept up with it. So I’m rusty, but it’s still there hiding in the recesses of my mind. 🙂
We had a wonderful weekend in Nashville! We stayed with friends which meant we stayed up way too late on Saturday night catching up with them, but it was totally worth it. And we got to see the Parthenon and my cousin get married and spend one last day with my little sister before she moved to China. All in all, a pretty swell weekend. 🙂