I was a Classics major in college, so it should come as no surprise that one of my bucket list goals is to visit all of the ancient archaeological sites in Greece and Italy. When I found out that there was a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, I just knew that I had to go see it for myself!
So you might be thinking, "What is a replica of the Parthenon doing in Nashville, of all places?" It was originally built in 1897, along with several other copies of historical structures, for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. The six-month event was held to celebrate Tennessee's one-hundredth anniversary of statehood. After the exposition was over, the Parthenon was the only building to remain standing. Now it sits in the middle of Centennial Park, which is a very beautiful place to visit on a sunny day. Check out more photos below!
On my second morning in Nashville I decided to drive over to the Belle Meade Plantation. I only had about an hour of free time, so I just bought a ticket for the grounds tour. Fun fact: every ticket comes with a free wine tasting (for all you wine drinkers out there lol). Anyways, I would love the chance to tour inside of the mansion next time. I'm sure it's beautiful!
One of my favorite shows of all time is American Pickers! So when I was planning this Nashville trip, I made sure to include time to stop by Mike Wolfe's store, Antique Archaeology. It's located in Marathon village, which has a pretty cool back story. A lot of the buildings used to be a part of the Marathon Motor Cars factory. Years after the factory closed down, the buildings were renovated and now house several store fronts, studios, and artist galleries. Pretty cool, huh?
Anyways, Antique Archaeology's Nashville location is kind of small, but packed to the brim with antiques and American Pickers merchandise. Plus, when I walked in, singers were performing live inside of the store! I think that it's definitely worth a trip for any fan of the tv show. One day I hope to visit the original store in Le Claire, Iowa (bucket list!).
It's been almost three months since my visit to Seattle, and I still keep finding photos that I want to share!
On my second day in Seattle, I rode the ferry over to Bainbridge Island to visit the Bloedel Reserve. Even though it was raining, I had so much fun wandering through all of the different gardens. As you can tell by my photos, the reserve contains all sorts of beautiful ponds, bridges, and nature trails to explore. It's the perfect place to spend an afternoon away from the city!
So here's a random side story: On the bus ride back to the ferry, I ran into a lovely couple that I had met earlier in the day. They told me that they once toured the entire Washington peninsula by using public transportation as their only means of travel. With their senior discount, the total cost came out to only $6! Can you believe that!? I hope to be just like them when I'm retired!