Before we left Nashville, we decided to go to the Parthenon in Centennial Park. Centennial Park was developed for the (1897) centennial celebration of Nashville (hence the name). They built temporary buildings so Nashville could show off a bit so they could attract more residents. They built one temporary building that looks like a Parthenon from Greece. The Parthenon was very successful and the residents liked it so much that they decided to make it a permanent piece of Nashville. So after several renovations, it is now a museum. The museum houses a permanent art collection from a prominent resident, current art work, a 42 foot statue of Athena Parthenos and artifacts used to build and renovate the Parthenon.
Our next stop, Knoxville. It seems like most cities has an older showpiece area. Knoxville is no different. Their area is Market Square. Established in 1854 for regional farmers, it is now a beautifully landscaped area for pedestrians to shop at boutique shops and restaurants. We ate at the Soccer Taco. On the weekends, they have a farmers market during the day and concerts at night.
We looked for a Wal-Mart but the GPS brought us to the University of Tennessee. Oh well, we didn’t need anything important. However, as we were leaving we did see a Wal-Mart sign. Funny thing, we also saw a sign that said Store Closed. Now when have you ever seen a Wal-Mart store close?
Throughout our trek, we have been trying to stay ahead of the rain/weather. On our way to Statesville, NC we drove through some heavy downpours. California, you have not seen anything like a Tennessee or North Carolina thunderstorm. I’m guessing (and not trying to exaggerate) an inch of rain in less than 15 minutes. It was also nice to experience the drivers on the freeway. They all slowed down. Even though it added more time, it was a great feeling of safety.