"You should go travel at every opportunity that comes your way. Just go." --a wise friend of mine
Traveling. It's something I've done a lot of growing up with my family. But there's something more fun and exciting about traveling on your own or with your friends. A certain sense of adventure. My mom is a firm believer in go travel when you can. "You're young and free, not tied down; so go, do, see." About a week and a half ago, I went to Nashville with one of my best friends. It was a trip that was so close to not happening, because of all the struggles and ups and downs of not wanting to go without our other friends. In the end, we just went for it. It's hard to get everyone together, but if the time works for you, there is no excuse to wait around for other people. Sometimes you just have to take the opportunity that is presented. It's hard to just plan and go but when you look back you're always gonna remember it. While it would have been great if the rest of our friends could have gone, there's always next time.
It's close, only about 4 hours away. We do know a few people there (the perks of sorority life). And we've seen/heard about all the stuff there is to do there.
We didn't want to waste a whole week there (because we wanted to go home to see our families for Thanksgiving). So, we decided 2 days was the perfect amount of time for us. We left early Monday morning about 9AM and were in Nashville by 12 (they're an hour behind us here in GA).
Where & what? We had a rough itinerary planned out in our head, but both of us are very go with the flow kinda people. As soon as we got into Nashville, we had lunch at this really cool looking Mexican place: Saint Añejo. Cool skull/edgy decor with some GREAT margaritas. Then, we checked in early to our hotel, dropped off our bags, changed and headed for The Parthenon in Centennial Park. It's a full-scale replica of the real one in Athens, Greece. It was beautiful, and GIANT. OF course I made it a destination to take some (a lot) of photos. We met these lovely two older ladies who were also visiting, and we chatted with them and took their photos and visa versa. (Pictures will be down below). Afterwords, we impulsively stopped by this little cookie dough place (No Baked Cookie Dough) before we went to see the Christmas lights/events at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. It looks like a southern plantation mansion with a a river and shopping center inside. Words cannot describe. We were totally feeling the Christmas feels when we walked around with our hot chocolate. In hindsight, we did want to go to Opry Mills mall, because we love to shop. After searching for our car for about 15-20 minutes, we finally went back to our hotel to put on some warmer clothes, get dinner and hit the local Nashville bars on Broadway. We went to a local dive with some great music, called Winners. It was packed wall-to-wall on a Monday night and if Winners isn't your thing, the bar Losers is right next to it. While there were lots of places to go, we called it a night and got up early the next day.
Day 2: Breakfast, packed our stuff, checked out of the hotel and headed for the Butterfly Mural and the Milk and Honey cafe. We also went to the ever popular Five Daughters Bakery (a MUST GO for doughnuts, absolutely incredible). And we met up with a couple of sisters and had lunch at the very popular and (by far my favorite place we ate at) Slim and Husky's Pizza Beeria. Then, we left to head through Chattanooga to visit a friend and we were back home in Atlanta around 10.
The trip was short but so much fun. Overall, it was worth getting out and exploring someplace new. Nashville is beautiful and there are so many more things to do. If you ever get the chance, go.
Photo Credits: to my best friend and travel buddy, Nams <3