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Today I live my dream of road trip in United States of America!

Tennessee is called the "Volunteer State!" And I volunteer to tell you all about our trip there.

First, check out our video of me and Ditch at Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry. My singing will blow your shoes off.

My favorite country song is one from my home country, a song called "Life Ain't So Awful in a Big Deep Hole..." I went to check out the Hall of Fame's library of songs to see if copy is there.

Ditch jumped on bench and sang, "How Can I Miss You if You Never Leave?" Librarian made us leave.

We left and were both so hungry so we went to where everyone says to go, "Eat at a 'meat and three' diner." Huh?

"Meat and three" diner is little restaurant where you pick one meat to eat and three veggies or dishes on the side.

Ditch had his meat and three. But then wanted more and more. He wanted "meat and five!"Ditch ended up eating six "meat and threes." He was so full his belly was singing with pain!

I ate dessert of delicious pie. Ditch got hands on a Nashville candy called Goo-Goo candy bars and ate too many.

Even though Ditch had huge bellyache with his belly making noise like broken trumpet, he still danced to country music on street corner. First country music dancing gopher with sticky Goo-Goo Candy fur! I will definitely come back to visit great city of Nashville!

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Located on the banks of the Cumberland River, this museum sets the stage for the story of country music. Here, you can see a collection of video clips and recorded music, watch live performances, view music memorabilia and instruments of all kinds, or sit in a record listening booth. The actual Hall of Fame is located in a circular Rotunda with a bronze plaque on the wall with each person’s name that has been voted into the Hall of Fame.


The Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium

The Grand Ole Opry has been called the “Home of American Music.” This is the place where country musicians from all over the world come to perform live. The Grand Ole Opry began as a radio show in 1925 and is still the go-to spot to hear the best country music. Performers sing and play on a six foot wooden circle in the Opry stage that came from the original stage at The Ryman Auditorium, the former home of the Grand Ole Opry. The Ryman Auditorium is still an exciting showplace for listening to great country music. These two famous country music centers both offer backstage and guided tours.


Historic RCA Studio B

This recording studio, located along Music Row in Nashville, is a must-see for true country music lovers. It is the original studio where legends such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers recorded their songs. Tours are exclusively given through the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Frist Center for the Visual Arts

This visual arts center is home to 24,000 square feet of artwork and art related activities. The family friendly museum is well known for its Artquest Gallery with 30 stations of hands-on art activities such as painting, sculpting and printmaking.


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Meat and three Dining

Eatin' a “meat and three” is a must-do Southern style food adventure in Nashville. This is a meal where you choose one meat and three veggies (or sides). Each meal is served with a choice of cornbread, biscuits or rolls. The meat options can be anything from barbequed pork, meatloaf, fried chicken, country ham, chicken wings or roast beef. The “veggies” can include collard greens, fried okra, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn pudding or mac and cheese. Try traditional sweet tea for a drink and a homemade dessert of pie or fruit cobbler to finish off your meal. Sometimes “meat and threes” are sit-down restaurants and sometimes they are cafeteria style.


"What a great place that Nashville is that I can chose mac and cheese as veggie!"


"But, brother, why…why won’t Nashville let me have a meat and five?!"



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Digging History

1779

Fort Nashborough is founded on the Cumberland River.


1784

Name of the city changes to Nashville in honor of General Francis Nash.


1796

Tennessee becomes the 16th state of the Union.


1806

Nashville is incorporated as a town, electing six aldermen and a mayor.


1818

Nashville celebrates the first arrival of a steamboat, the Andrew Jackson.


1824

Music publishing begins in Nashville with the publication of the Western Harmony Book of Hymns.


1843

Nashville becomes the permanent state capital of Tennessee.


1850

The first steam engine train, the No. 1, arrives in Nashville.


1889

Electric trolleys replace mule-drawn streetcars.


1925

The Grand Ole Opry has its first radio broadcast.


1943

The Grand Ole Opry moves to Ryman Auditorium.


1996

Tennessee Bicentennial Mall State Park opens in Celebration of Tennessee’s 200th birthday.


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