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May 6, 2007
From journal Nashville Tennessee With Toddlers
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
November 13, 2006
The tour lasts about an hour and your vehicle is what looks like a trolley bus, but is actually a conventional one. Still, it has partially open side so it does mean you can get a bit of a through drought on hot days which really helps in this hot city. Your driver also does the commentary and we found our driver to be friendly, funny and extremely knowledgeable, answering questions from tourists over and above the information in his commentary.
There are unfortunately no opportunities to get out and have a walk or to take better photographs than what you can manage through the windows. However, if you don't have long in town (we didn't) or you want to get your bearings on arrival and perhaps get some ideas for things you'd like to do in more depth, this is a good way to start. You will see Vanderbilt University, Music Row (where you'll see the amazingly opulent record company buildings), the State Capitol, Fort Nashborough (which looks more like a kids fort than anything you've ever seen) and the Parthenon - which is a gorgeous building and stands in lovely gardens.
Frankly, its amazing what they cram in to the hour and how much you learn. Special praise must go to the guide who manages to blend the right mix of fact and fun. Children might not be particularly interested, one for the adults only - especially if you want to see the record company premises and a few stars homes.
From journal Downtown Nashville
September 9, 2004
From journal Nashville, TN