We went to Nashville, Tennessee. I have never spent much time in Nashville so it was a fun place to go for me. We didn't do a whole lot. Stayed at a nice new Hampton Inn where we had a suite so we had plenty of room. Unfortunately, the windows or walls were very thin so we heard road noise all night. Lisa and Evan used earplugs. My earholes are too big for earplugs.
We went to the Lane Motor Museum which was a fascinating place with amny very rare and exotic cars. We also visited Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage. A huge amount of money was obviously spent on restoring it. We ate at a mongolian grill (not as good as BD's in Dayton) and also a pretty famous place called the Loveless Cafe which was very cool. We drove by The Parthenon and also ate at Hard Rock.
For Sunday, we searched pretty hard to find a church. After web searches and recommendations from friends, we nailed it down to four possible selections. One was the Cowboy Church which apparently has a very country twist to it. It is headed up by a husband-wife preaching team and she is one of Johnny Cash's sisters. We also looked at Highland Park Church which promotes that you can wear jeans there but other than that, we didn't see anything real remarkable to it. One of our other considerations was a place called The Gathering which meets in a theatre and promotes itself as a church for the unreligious. I really liked the idea of going there but it seemed maybe a little too "out there" to take the family so ...
our choice was The People's Church in Franklin, TN. The senior pastor is Rick White. This is a mega mega church. They made us feel welcome as we entered the lobby and, later, the sanctuary. They had 21 people on the platform for their worship team. They had three projection screens but the real cool thing was a group of 20-some video monitors that sort of hung in mid air above the back of the platform. Their pastor was humorous and engaging. His message was good but not overly memorable. I could listen to him regularly though.
I was surprised by how growing the entire Nashville area was ... and all quite upscale. It seems like a nice place to live that has a relatively mild climate.