The Olson's Retirement RV Adventures travel blog

Heavy rain and construction. How lucky can you get?

Clears up and we run into dinosaurs.

Another state.

Our site at Two Rivers Campground.

Heading into downtown Nashville

Hardrock Cafe with Titan's stadium across the river.

Famous record shop from the 50's,

Nashville's Centennial Park with state capital in the background.

Flower gardens in the park.

Fisk University. First black college.

Vanderbilt University.

Full scale replica of the Pantheon. A art museum.

Studio B. Built for Elvis and still recording stars today.

Building built around a quansett used to record many hits.

The 1800's Train Station and Hotel.

Backdoor to the Ryman Auditorium.

The famous Grand Ole Opry stage.

It was originally built as a church.

From the balcony.

Entrance to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Elvis's limo.

WithTV and automatic record changer.

Hee-Haw's cornfield alive and well.

Wall of gold and platinum records.

Backstage at the 'new' Grand Ole Opry.

How do you keep track of that?

Star dressing room.

Guess who? His first name is Willie.

Created to look like the Ryman.

The stage center circle saved from a part old the Ryman stage.

The stage from the cheap seats.

The drive to Nashville was very wet! Lots of rain and of course construction. We are staying at the Two Rivers Campground for 4 nights.

To save our marriage we decided we would take a day tour of Nashville, rather than spend the day on our GPS and trying to find parking and the attractions. When you add up the cost of tickets and tour guides it was the least expensive way to go....and someone else drove!

We got a fully narrated tour of Nashville, driving through downtown and past the record labels and the hang outs for the famous and 'want to be found' musicians. Places like Tootsies, Ernest Tubs record shop and recording studios.

We toured the Ryman Auditorium, which was the original 'Grand Ole Opry'. The auditorium was flooded in 2010 and opened back up 6 months later. They showed films of the floods and the rebuilding. The country music 'family' came together to save the Ryman.

From there we went to the current Grand Ole Opry for a backstage tour. We walked in the entrance where the stars arrive and then through their dressing rooms and onto the stage. It is actually surprising how humble they keep it. Only one or two dressing rooms have bathrooms. The stars have to use lockers in the hall for their valuables. They want to keep them from having 'big' heads or thinking they deserve better than any other star that performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

Another stop was the Music Hall of Fame and Museum. We enjoyed it much more than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame we visited last year. The museum presents its collection to illustrate country music's story as told through the turns of two centuries. Included are historic country video clips and recorded music, as well as a regular menu of live performances and public programs, and of course a museum store.

Our campground has a country singer show every evening. So after dinner we can go for a walk and have entertainment.

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