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Nashville, Tennessee is one of our favorite places to visit for a day or weekend trip.  C & I were having a little cabin fever a couple of weeks ago so we took off for parts south one Saturday.  The original reason for our trip was to go to the Apple Store at the Mall at Green Hills and I tacked on a few other destinations in the same mall.  You got to make your trips count, don’t you know?

We also visited the Green Hills branch of the Nashville Public Library because we such huge NERDS!  There is a very good reason we did that, but that’s for another post.  The library was very pretty inside and out.  They have a pretty fountain at the entrance and a walking path with a statue.

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I have to admit we found the statue a little creepy.  It is a little freaky to sit there and have the “old man” staring at you.  Anywho, since we were out to have a little fun, I decided to search for a new restaurant to try in the area and kept coming back to Table 3 which is a French bistro right next to the mall.  What a success! 

The ambience was great and the food was even better.  One of the specials that day was pork chili and I really hesitated because I thought my mind was made up to try the French dip.  I decided to forgo the chili and go with my first instinct.  Of course, C had the cheeseburger and "pommes frites”.  (C’s statement to me: I just want fries with my burger.  My statement to him:  Pommes frites is fancy French for fries.  You’ll be just fine.)

I went with the baby green salad with my sandwich and I was so glad I did.  It was all so tasty.  Enough with all the words.  Here are the pics:

I think C’s look says it all:  Can we just eat already?

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After this, we hit the mall and there were so many stores that I wanted to check out.  There are some stores that just don’t exist in Kentucky.  Restoration Hardware was my first stop and the look is amazing, but the prices are ridiculous!!!  One bathroom cabinet (that wasn’t even solid wood) was $2100.00!  Um, no thank you and I promise not to break anything while I am here.  It was neat to see the set-up, but, in my opinion, their wares are way overpriced

C & I finally made it to the Apple Store and it was a madhouse.  The service was prompt and friendly and C’s errand didn’t take long at all.  After the mall experience, I braved the traffic and made it to Anthropologie.  This was another store that I had heard so much about and wanted badly to be impressed.  They do have some neat things and I can see how food bloggers would go crazy over their selection, but, again, the prices were just a little too high to justify my purchasing things there.  They also some kind of weird air freshener or candle burning which didn’t set well with C or my allergies.

We had a great time and I told C that we just experienced how the “other half” live since this is a swanky and well-off area of Nashville.  I mean, I got behind a Maserati in traffic, for Pete’s sake!  I think I’ll keep my Chevy.

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A few weeks ago, C & I had the opportunity to visit the Yew Dell Botanical Garden in Crestwood, Kentucky and had a wonderful time.  They have a neat history and I invite you to visit their site for the history and a list of the many events they hold there. I won’t take up much room on my post for that because I have many photos to share with you, and, yes, that is a warning!! Caution: extreme amount of photos ahead!

Crestwood is a suburb community of Louisville, KY and the trip from downtown to the garden takes about 30 minutes depending on the amount of traffic.  We turned in and spotted their unique entry gate and sign:

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We parked and began looking for the entrance so we could purchase tickets and it is located in this barn.  Looks are deceiving in this instance because there is a nice air-conditioned gift shop in there. 

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There was a sculpture exhibition going on at the garden and most of the artwork was for sale, but it was a little pricey for our checkbook.

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Yeah, you are reading that correctly.  We made sure not to break anything!  Here comes the photo deluge.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Doesn’t everyone have a castle in their backyard?  I loved this!

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Beautiful views from the lookout above:

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This space was an edible garden.

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The tree lined allees were gorgeous.

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You eyes aren’t deceiving you.  That IS a giant ball made of tires.

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We really enjoyed our trip to Yew Dell and highly recommend it for any garden lovers out there. 

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Here are 5 fun things that happened this week:

1. Last Saturday, C & I spent the day in Louisville, KY and ate some awesome doughnuts from Nord’s Baker.

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2. Went to the Derby City Comicon.

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3. Visited Yew Dell Gardens.

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4. We celebrated Independence Day a day early at a cookout hosted by C’s cousins and got to play with two sweet babies…

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5.  And enjoy a backyard bonfire and fireworks show:

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Way back in October before my dad had his accident, C & I spent a couple of days in Indianapolis for a getaway.  Indy was a city in easy driving distance for us that we had never been to so we hit the road to see the sights.  The first day we went to Edinburgh, Indiana to do a little shopping at the Premium Outlets and, let me tell you, it was the BEST outlet mall we had ever been to.  We found lots of bargains and only went in about 10% of the stores there before we ran out of time.  I would love to go back this spring to shop there again.

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We spent the night in Edinburgh and headed to Indy the next morning after going back to the mall for a few minutes.  Along the way, we stopped and ate at Jimmy Buffett’s Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant.

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This is a chain restaurant, but not one in our normal area and it was good.  We both got cheeseburgers and fries.  The meal was tasty, but if we go back I would like to go to a couple of local eateries instead of a chain.  Maybe next time.  One of the main reasons we chose Indy was to go their zoo and aquarium located inside the zoo.  Unfortunately, it rained all day long while we were there, but we still enjoyed the zoo. The aquarium part is pretty small except the dolphin exhibit.  The underwater dome was awesome!  The next pics will show the zoo highlights.

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Indy has a great skyline even in the rain.  We did a drive-by of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but since there wasn’t a race we couldn’t get a very good view.

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The attraction that I most wanted to see was Monument Circle and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument so we braved the rainy weather and downtown traffic to go. If you are in the Indy area, I highly recommend visiting this area of downtown.  There are several shops and restaurants that I would love to go back and visit if we have a chance to.  It is also just down the street from the arena where the Indiana Pacers play.

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I guess this will qualify as a “travel” edition even though we only travelled 45 minutes, but I wanted to tell you about a local (for us) landmark that is worth checking out.  C & I live about 45 minutes from Mammoth Cave National Park and, even though we both had been to the park, neither of us could remember being in the cave itself.

Every year for the last 16 years, C’s dad has a group of Mexicans that work (legally) on the farm for him during tobacco season.  One gentleman has been coming to Kentucky for all of those 16 years and others for many years as well.  They had asked to go see Mammoth Cave so when R took them, he asked if we wanted to go, too.  I am so glad we went.  I took photos for the workers so their families could see them and the cave.

I was surprised at the beauty of the cave itself.  Of course, the grounds are scenic.  The park is covered in forests with the Green River running through it, but I wasn’t expecting the scope and magnitude of the cavern.

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We took the 2 hour Historical Tour and had a wonderful time.  Here we enter into the only natural opening used by the National Park employees:

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The guide tells all sorts of interesting stories along the way.  After walking down these stairs, you come into a large open area about 150 feet tall.  There are hollow tulip poplar logs running on one side and these were used during the War of 1812 to mine saltpeter for gunpowder.

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The guide also told us about the “historical graffiti” that is on the walls of the cave in several areas.  All of this writing dates back before 1941 when the area became a national park.  After that, writing was considered a federal offense.  Here are two examples of the graffiti:

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The second photo shows an example of “smoke writing”.  It was so cool!  Next we crossed “The Bottomless Pit” which is about 150 feet deep.  It was discovered by a slave names Stephen Bishop that worked at the cave.  He laid a log across the pit to cross over.  Mr. Bishop is credited for exploring and discovering much of Mammoth Cave.

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Next we went through “Fat Man’s Misery” which is a series of twists and turns that are very narrow and low.  Thankfully, none of our group had any trouble navigating the misery!  Here’s proof C is no fat man!  Ha, ha, ha!

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The last big attraction on this tour was Mammoth Dome, also discovered by Stephen Bishop.  It is an large open area with beautiful coloring in the rocks.  Here is C & I at the Dome:
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As we all left the cave, there was one little bat hanging upside down…spooky!  I am not sure why this seems so spooky since we see bats all of the time flying around the house at dusk catching bugs, but it was a little spooky!

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It is required that each visitor walk across a soapy mat after leaving the cave to prevent what is known as White Nose Syndrome that can damage the bat populations.

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We had a wonderful time at Mammoth Cave and want to go back to see more of it.  If you have the chance to go, don’t hesitate!  You will learn a lot and see some beautiful sights, but remember to take a light jacket with you.  The cave is always around a cool 54 degrees.

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Beautiful homes near the Ohio River…

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Views from the Ohio River…

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