Two years ago , when I mentioned to coworkers , family and friends that my own 30 Plus Teams Tour was going to take me down South , they all assumed that I was either going to be visiting my aunt and cousins down in either Charlotte or Raleigh , North Carolina .
Other people assumed that I was either going to Atlanta for either a Braves baseball game , a Hawk’s basketball game or a Falcons football game .
But they were all wrong .
I wasn’t doing any of those things .
I was going to Tennessee .
Nashville , aka Music City , to be watch a Nashville Predators hockey game .
Some people were very surprised , even though they know my crazy love of hockey .
” Hockey in Nashville ? They have hockey down there ? Don’t you mean you’re going to a Tennessee Titans football game ? ” , they all asked .
Other people assumed that I really had the wrong city .
I was going to Memphis because there’s nothing in Nashville .
I was even told that since I wasn’t that big of a Country and Western music fan I would have a really AWFUL time because that’s all there is in that place .
Other people , who had actually been there before and knew a lot better than my well meaning colleagues and relatives , told me not once but over and over again , ” You’re going to Nashville ? You will LOVE NASHVILLE ! You’ll have a really fun time there . ”
Those people were right .
I was going to have a fun time there .
I don’t think that I need to tell you that Nashville is on my list of my favorite 30 Plus Teams Tour cities .
From the moment my friend and I got off our Southwest flight from Newark Liberty and onto the Nashville public bus to take us to our hostel downtown where we were staying in to the the very last moment when we left the city , I had to agree .
I HAD fallen in love with the city known as ” The Athens of The South . ”
There was something very special about this place .
What that one thing is , I can’t tell you .
Could it be the city itself where every single building in town seems to have something to do with music ?
Or is it the fact that you don’t have to be a Country and Western music fan to like this city ?
It is Music City , after all .
There’s something for everyone here .
There’s a party atmosphere all night long , and folks can party without acting the fool .
Could it be how friendly the citizens of this city really are , even to a couple of ” Yankee Gals ” who had 50 million questions to ask about the city ?
It seemed like nobody seemed to have a problem with it either .
When people actually asked , ” How y’all doing today ? ” , they truly wanted to know .
Where else would you see a young junior high school student get out of his seat and ask , ” m’am , would you like to sit down ? ”
No , I can’t name just one thing that made me fall in love with this city .
I didn’t think I would , but I did and I guess that you could say that this post is a ” love letter ” to the city of Nashville .
Now , since this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Nashville , the team that I went to watch , the Nashville Predators are playing for the hockey championship , the Stanley Cup .
I’m wishing them the best of luck and sincerely hope that they win the championship .
It would give the city another reason to throw a party and I know that everyone would have a grand old time .
It would give me another reason to love this city as well .
People who really don’t know or think they know Nashville , sorry , but you all haven’t got a clue .
All those stereotypes that I heard about the city don’t even come close to the Nashville that I saw and loved .
It’s a place with really genuinely friendly people , beautiful green spaces , mouth watering food , ( I had the best sausage and egg sandwich on a real homemade biscuit at Dunn Brothers that would put any fast food restaurant sandwich to shame . ) and , oh yeah , there’s that music .
Thank you , Music City for allowing this ” Yankee Gal ” and her friend to come to your city as a guest and leave it as a friend .