Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Nashville, Tennessee

When you say Nashville, Tennessee, most people think Country Music.

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A lot of people don’t know that this same Nashville also has the only full size replica of the Parthenon in the world (yes, the famous Greek Parthenon).

We got there early on a recent Sunday morning, a rainy Sunday morning, it was not open, so we did not get to see the full size replica of Athena inside.  It opens at noon on Sundays.  Here are our photos.

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A little history ~~

A full size replica of the Greek Parthenon was built for the 1897 celebration of the 100th birthday of Tennessee’s statehood.  It was the centerpiece of a 5 acre fair.  The original was built of wood, plaster and brick.  Along with other structures built for the fair, it was not intended to be permanent.  Most of the other buildings are gone.  (There was a pyramid next to the Parthenon.)  The Parthenon was such a popular attraction that it was decided it should be permanent.  

A project was started in 1920 to rebuild the Parthenon on the same spot, but in concrete this time.  The outside was finished in 1925 and the inside was finished in 1931.  A full size replica of the Athena statue was added in 1990.

The building has been used for several Hollywood movies such as “Nashville” and “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”.

These days the building is primarily used as an art museum.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #2

share y world 2

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

I’m a non-hugger by nature (my family were not huggers), but if a hugger reaches for me I will enthusiastically hug right back.

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?

Chocolate

Strawberry……if it has chunks of real strawberry in it

Pineapple when I can find it

And…..drum roll please…..Ben & Jerry’s ~ Cherry Garcia

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

Exercising my mind and I do it daily……Until I get in the rhythm of body exercise, water aerobics, then my body misses it when I don’t go for a few days.

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Why?

When I was young I was a dog person.  I’m not sure what I am now.  We are currently raising our Grandkitty.  Son got a kitten at a yard sale in 2004.  In 2005 he and new wife moved…..no pets allowed apartment.  We’ve had her ever since.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week I started a new blog…..  Getting Mobile and Healthy.  I am very grateful for all of my Wandering Iris followers who are now also following my new blog and also for the brand new followers. 

gettingmobileandhealthy.wordpress.com

In the coming week…..  I got a Fitbit on Saturday and I am looking forward to getting used to it.  So far using it has been a Blast!

 

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