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The Parthenon: A Slice of Ancient Greece in Nashville, Tennessee

The Parthenon: A Slice of Ancient Greece in Nashville, Tennessee

The USA continues to surprise me with its natural beauty, innovative architecture, and multiculturalism. The Parthenon and its surrounding park in Nashville, Tennessee are perfect examples of all three of these.

The Parthenon is a replica of ancient Greek ruins still found in Athens today.

But you don't have to fly all the way across the Atlantic to see what remains of it! Head to Music City in the USA and make a detour to Centennial Park to find a replica of the construction as it would have appeared over 2400 years ago.

9 Must-Do's for Music Lovers Visiting Nashville, Tennessee

9 Must-Do's for Music Lovers Visiting Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is "Music City" for more reasons than its famous country roots. I mistakenly assumed country music was all Nashville had to offer when, in fact, Nashville has historically been and still is the city of a diversity of musical tastes.

In this post, I describe a variety of musical options available for exploration when visiting Nashville, Tennessee including several I had the chance to check out with my friends.

From hipster jams and punk rock to honky tonks and symphonies—these are the must-do's for music-loving tourists.

What to Eat in Nashville: 6 Foods and Eateries to Try

What to Eat in Nashville: 6 Foods and Eateries to Try

Nashville is well-known for two things: It's music and it's food. I'm starting with the food this week since it's such an important part of every culture I've encountered in my travels.

The striking thing about eating in a new location in my own country is both the similarities and stark differences across state lines. America gets the reputation around the world for being the home of the hamburger and also for doing fried chicken and breakfast (especially pancakes!) very well. Nashville takes all of these American staples (and more) to a whole new level!

The down side to my food experience in Nashville was that I had only one weekend to enjoy it! Four days is simply not enough time to eat at all of the amazing restaurants. The following are the foods I did have time to try. At the end of this post, I'll suggest some of the others I missed!

When Travel Reveals Loyalty: A Friend's Surprise in Nashville

When Travel Reveals Loyalty: A Friend's Surprise in Nashville

There’s something incredibly meaningful when your friends and family make a special effort to stay connected to you when you’re apart. This is true for relationships you leave behind back home and in the places you visit after you move on or return home.

I lost touch with many people after traveling or while traveling because  I was traveling. But there are many individuals with whom I remain very closely bonded. How did those close bonds stay close? Reciprocal gestures of loyalty—large and small—sustained those relationships.

Drawing on an example from my recent trip to Nashville, this post explores when loyalty is revealed especially as a traveler and after travel.

3 Surprisingly Awesome Things About Nashville

3 Surprisingly Awesome Things About Nashville

I went to Nashville in late April for my friend Dasha's 30th birthday! There was 7 of us altogether and we had a stellar time exploring this southern city and the surrounding area.

But before I dive into our adventures in great detail, I want to share with you what I found most unexpected about Nashville. Nashville is known for a lot of things. Its excellent live music, its delectable food, and its ancient Greek architecture are a few of its most prominent attractions.

What I didn't expect was a dance party on a street corner, architecture to rival other cities, and a stereotypical country theme that is unafraid to laugh at itself.