We bid a sad farewell to our vacation and came home yesterday. We got home about 3 PM - 30 minutes ahead of our scheduled arrival time. That's never happened before! Honestly, Continental Airlines had lost me up till that point. I still don't think I'll fly with them again (their planes are just too small! Easily smaller than American or United with regard to leg room) but they did a great job in getting us home.
I highly recommend Nashville as a "family-friendly" city to visit. We roamed the streets and saw some amazing sites, all in a quite clean city with loads of people who were helpful. We'll go back! I want to see a show at the Grand Ole Opry!
Standing in Ryman Auditorium was really a thrill. They have a video loop that plays over and over with clips from their glory days with Roy Acuff, "Cousin" Minnie Pearl, Flatt and Scruggs (pictured) and the myriad of special performers. It made the Auditorium "ring" with their sounds, making it feel like they might just step out from backstage and perform for us. If you've never heard of the Ryman, it was the home of the Opry from the 1950's until 1974 when they moved across town to their new state-of-the-art digs where they still operate. But in leaving the Ryman, they left more than a building. They left a part of their heritage. The building has acoustics that are impossible to replicate. To think they nearly tore it down in the 1980's. . . .
So we're home and I'm back at work. If you need, you know where to call!