Today we have two definite agenda items; Visiting Country Music Hall of Fame and getting Ice Hockey tickets for tomorrow night.
A quick coffee break at Mike's Ice Cream shop, with a claim to fame of being the oldest espresso bar in Nashville. Yes, but after all those years of practice they still can't get it right! Yes, we are coffee snobs.
On the way we pass Hatch Print Shop and go in. It is the oldest continuous block print shop in USA, and they still do music and event posters this way. It is a very cool shop and we loved their 2 cats...
Maow below enjoying the sun and was ok with being patted as long as you did not interrupt his sunlight. The other, Huey, was happy to stroll around and be stroked.
Very cool posters on several walls.
A location shot from Hatch Print Shop. They still do it the old way...
Outside they have a Walk of Fame with some obvious names...
More than 800 gold and platinum albums are on display here. We think the new building is because they are running out of wall space.
Finally the Country Music Hall of Fame. Well, not those 2 guys at the front.
We head Church Street down the hill towards the Cumberland River and Hans spots what we think is a Groundhog or Badger. About the size of a large cat and not too afraid of humans considering he lives downtown.
The local county has done some work to add interest to the Nashville downtown and along Cumberland River. It's quite nice and a nearby pedestrian bridge is also well done. Nashville clearly is more prosperous than Memphis. Note the photo below was from a quick walk past this morning so the sun was out and we also noted the river was in flood as you can see behind us.
The weather turned colder and we chose to head back towards our hotel shuttle pick up point. We are incredibly lucky as the shuttle arrives at the same time as we do. We jump in and are back to our hotel within 15 minutes.
The good thing about the Millenium Maxwell House Hotel is that it has a decent gym. We used it yesterday and used it again today to try and work some lazy old muscles, like chest, abs and shoulder. Wow, do we feel it already but we need to get some all around fitness back.
A quick shower and change and we are ready to go back to town for dinner. Di is waiting for the shuttle below.
We waited more than 20 minutes this time so got chatting to some fellow shuttle riders. One lady was going to work as a Greyhound Bus driver. She is based in Atlanta and told us some stories of her work. It turns out that a few passengers never pay attention and end up on the wrong bus or missing their stop. One such lady, on a friend's of hers bus, realised 90 minutes too late that she had missed her stop. She phoned the police and said the bus driver had kidnapped her! Police surrounded the bus with guns drawn. Needless to say the lady got into trouble with the police when the facts came out.
Once in downtown we find its busy and head to a restaurant recommended through TripAdvisor. Hmmm - it is very popular and there is a 35 minute wait for seating at Demo Steak and Spaghetti House on Commerce Street, so we chose to go back go the Old Spaghetti Factory around the corner in 2nd Avenue, last night's dinner location. Hans insisted that we sit in the tram and eat this time.
We had 2 servers this time, Chanelle and Chanelle. Yep, same name. One was there on her first night on the floor and the other was supervising. Service good, food good again, so all good.