Thursday, March 28, 2013
Close to Nowhere
For my oldest granddaughter’s birthday (which is not until April), I took her and friend Samantha to Nashville, Tenn., to shop and spend some time with my niece Sister.
You haven’t lived until you’ve spent the day shopping at various strip mall stores and the huge Opry Mills mall with two teenage girls and a professional shopper.
Our first night in Nashville I took the girls to The Aquarium for supper. It’s the coolest restaurant! The entire center is a huge aquarium with several different kinds of sharks, manta rays and many, many other kinds of fish that our waitress knew the names and information about and I can’t remember anything she told us. My favorite fish there was a grayish color with bright yellow fins and lips. Yellow lips are just so cool on a fish!
I think one of the girls’ favorite dishes was “The Shark” -- dark chocolate cake with fudgy insides, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce and a huge shark cookie stuck upright in the center. All three of us shared and there was some left over. It was a huge dessert and I couldn’t help but wonder if anyone had ever eaten an entire one by themselves.
The next day, we hit several outlying stores with Meredith deciding she really liked dresses now. She took pictures of herself in whatever she was trying on and sent them out for opinions (to folks at home!). Nevermind she had her Aunt Sister, a professional shopper and teenage girl dresser, with us.
We had lunch at The Rain Forest and while it was good, it was loud! Gorillas roared, there was thunder every 30 minutes or so and monkeys chattering constantly. Sister’s son Blake, his financée Kaitlyn and her mom Lisa met us and I couldn’t hear anything anyone said.
We spent more time in the mall and then went back to several of the stores we’d already visited to get things that had been passed over in case something better was found.
We ate junk for supper. I think I had peanut butter and cheese crackers and the girls had hamburgers. I cannot remember what Sister ate, but it was along the lines of what I had. We were way too full from lunch to even consider supper.
We tried to go to the Parthenon Museum several times. We always got there just before closing and couldn’t go in. Sister has lived in Nashville over a year and had never even heard of it. She and Sam both are anxious to visit the huge Athena who reigns there.
Nashville is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s a good thing as I have to take Sam back to see the Parthenon and Remy wants to go there for her birthday.
I do love to play tourist!
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