Stella, May I know what you did on your last day of Nashville

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Last day in Nashville. This will be the last Nashville post! We started our last day with a tour inside the Colosseum. It was closed when we can the first day.
 My favorite piece? These bronze doors. There are two sets one in the front and one at the back. The first picture has them opened. The ones above are locked.
 This is also one of the few things you can touch. You enter the Parthenon from the ground floor. When you first entered you see different displays about the history of the Parthenon in Nashville. Then in the next exhibit you see different paintings. There was no photography allowed on this floor.
As you ascend the steps you are greeted with a massive statue of Athena. It is really gold and really tall. It is a wonder to see. They painted it based on how it would have looked bath in ancient Greece.
These are the bronze doors from the outside.
We then lunched at Arnold's. It's a cafeteria style place and one of the original, if not the original, place of "meat and 3". As it sounds, meat and 3 is picking one meat and 3 sides. 
Yes they have a James Beard Award! The American Classics Award in 2009. 
 Lots of pie choices.
I choose chicken livers, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese. You don't need to choose 3 sides, they just charge you per item. 
 Right across the street is the Downtown Antique Mall. More antiquing!
It's right next to the railway tracks.
Antique photo taker.
 Here we are the Hermitage. Home of Andrew Jackson and this wife Rachel. In case you didn't know he is also the president on our current $20 bill.
You can explore the grounds of the Hermitage.
 And their mansion! You can't really tell from this picture but this is a brick house.
 Adjacent to the house is their English-style garden.
 This is the smoker in the back. Can you imagine what they were smoking in this room? No photography was allowed inside the mansion but imagine beautiful wallpapers and original furniture. I definitely recommend going. It's like a step back in time, if you lived like the third richest president! (after Washington and Kennedy)
 There are also trails around the house to explore. Most of the slave houses are no longer there anymore, but you can still see where they stood.
 The Hermitage was a working farm growing cotton. Each year they grow a small patch of cotton for the visitors to see. We missed that season, but there were some remnants on the ground.
 My favorite feature is definitely the belted cows in the back. I've never seen anything like them.
As you can see the gloomy clouds. It was like the weather had determined it is the end of our Nashville adventure. We were just minutes from the storm coming down. The storm started as we were on the road. It's a good thing we left too, The storm went on through the night. We ended up at home about 4 hours later. All in all it was a nice three day getaway.

links: Parthenon Arnold's Downtown Antique Mall Hermitage 

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