Best of Nashville

Before our big move to New Haven (wrote Lexington there first…this is going to take some getting used to) Walter and I took a month long staycation in Nashville. When Walter first approached me with this idea I was super skeptical because I didn’t think it would be wise for me to extend my unemployment any longer than I had to. At the end of the month I was very pleased that we took this time off to spend with out family and friends. Today I am going to share some of my favorite memories from our time in Nashville in July.

Hillsboro Village

My friend Alison came for a visit our first week in town, and I used that as an excuse to visit all of my favorite places and new places I have been wanting to try.

I hadn’t been to the Nashville Zoo since college so it was fun to get to go again. Unfortunately, it was too hot for a lot of the animals to be out, but I did get a picture with a kangaroo! One of the creepiest things we saw while we were there was a cougar (could have been another large cat) staring down a small child…like seriously this animal would not take its eyes off the child and the child said “why is it staring at me?” That cat was hungry.
Nashville Sign at Biscuit Love

I am confident we chose the hottest day to visit Cheekwood. I think this is the second sweatiest I have ever been in my entire life (the first being when we moved into our new apartment). The exhibit when we went was International Playhouses, and it featured six playhouses inspired by different countries. I have to say, the Monsoon Pavilion (inspired by India) was my favorite. It is the umbrella and swing picture in the collage above. I would love to one day have something similar in my backyard. 

Walter had a week long backpacking trip planned with one of his good friends, but after a couple of days of constant rain, they decided to come home. He looks pretty snazzy if I do say so myself 😉

Not pictured are the hundreds of Pokemon Go players that crowded Centennial Park. I am not a Pokemon hunter, but I went one night with my husband and his friends.

These were taken in the Gulch, and I am pretty sure the small wings are meant for dogs or children.

July 17th was the one year anniversary of my cousin, David’s death. My siblings and I went to Ember’s Ski Lodge to toast to him and his life. We’re drinking Mo Smashes, which is a cocktail created just for David and includes, bourbon, basil, and blueberries. I have made it a few times, but it’s definitely best made by a professional.

I love a good mural, and luckily they are popping up all over Nashville. The top left and the one on the right are by Adrien at DCXV, and he has other murals throughout Nashville. I stopped by his store in East Nashville and had a nice long chat with him. He is super friendly, and has a lot of Nashville merchandise…check him out! The bears are located at Bongo East, and as of now they are running a contest to name them.
Lastly, I got to spend a lot of time with my good friend, Malcolm, or as I like to call him Maow-Maow. He is my mother-in-laws’s cat, and he only has 4 teeth. He usually doesn’t like to be held, but this night he let me hold him for a good 10 minutes as I walked around the house. How could you not love that face?!
I think that is it for now. You can check out my Instagram for other pictures I took while I was in Nashville, and to see what I am up to in Connecticut.
Chat with you later! xoxo

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