A leafy green drive from Memphis to Nashville had us struggling to remember the dry desert we had been driving through just a few days ago! The landscape is so different it's incredible that it's even the same country!
Nashville, although still steeped in history, feels a lot more modern and 'country' than Memphis. We headed straight to the Johnny Cash museum and were really impressed with the displays, much more so than Graceland. While Graceland glossed over Elvis' problems such as his divorce from Priscilla and his addiction to prescription pills, the displays at the Johnny Cash museum seemed much more matter of fact about Cash's demons, which felt more endearing in a way. The personal notes between Johnny and June were incredibly sweet, my favourite being a note on a heart shaped felt box that said 'To June; My Love, My Life, For Life'.
A walk on Broadway, some almost boot purchasing (that we definitely would have regretted as soon as we left Tennessee) and some more BBQ food, and a visit to the Pantheon, the only full sized replica of the real Pantheon, set in the middle of a big park. Guess we can shelve the trip to Greece for the time being, we've seen the same thing now!
A quick stop on the way out into the Country Music Hall of Fame and to the incredible Hatch Show Print, to see their letterpress collection and some of their machines in action. Unfortunately there was no space to take any posters home with us, I would have loved an Elvis poster for our place, and a Johnny Cash one for my Pa. I would have left with an armful of posters if I didn't have to lug them through a few more states, but instead settled on a couple of postcards (much easier to stash).