Weekend in Nashville

How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E!For most people Nashville, Tennessee represents: The Birthplace of Country Music, The Grand Ole Opry, Dolly Parton, and The King of Rock and Roll. Regardless of what comes to mind, I had the opportunity to experience a small dose of  what makes Nashville the Music City.

The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention CenterWhere to Stay: The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

The hotel is located about 20 minutes away from downtown Nashville and a 10 minute walk from the Grand Ole Opry. This lavish resort features a number of dinning and shopping locations. Highlights include a botanic garden and a large convention space.

The hotel is literally its own small city with a boat ride (no, i’m not kidding)! Navigating through the hotel took a little time, thankfully with the assistance of the friendly staff I was able to find the little gems hidden in the hotel like the Jack Daniel’s Restaurant, convention center and the home of 650 AM WSM (the station that gave birth to the show The Grand Ole Opry).

Make sure to give yourself a little time to explore all the offerings available to resort guests while you are there.

Fact: Everyone will continuously mention the major flood that occurred in 2010 that caused major damage to the Opry, The Mills and the Gaylord Resort. You’ve been warned.

Things To Do:

Echos of Nashville Walking Tour

Adults: $18 ($1.98 fee)
Children Ages 5-12: $9.00 ($1.48 fee)
Children Under 5 years old: Free

If you are a history geek, then you might want to to consider taking the “Echos of Nashville Walking Tour.”  The 1.5 mile walk around downtown Nashville. The tour centers around Nashville’s history of  once being a prosperous shipping port, publishing industry, and its fascination of hoping to become the Athens of the South.Other interesting highlights include the Hermitage Hotel. The Hermitage hotel was once the headquarters for both the pro and anti women’s suffrage movements that later became the 19th Amendment.

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The Grand Ole Opry

Daytime Backstage Tour
Adults: $22.00 (12+)
Children: $17.00 (4-11)

The tour goes behind the scenes of the home that made country music famous. The tour takes a closer look into the history of the recent home of country music. While on tour take a look inside the dressing rooms, green room, the set where the show Hee-Haw was filmed, the working post office that primary serves the 46 standing members. The highlight of the tour is the opportunity to stand on the pride of the Opry: TheCircle.

Due to being short on time, I wasn’t able to do as much exploring as I’d like to. Regardless, Nashville is definitely on my list of favorite places to visit.

 

 

I Challenged Myself To Learn Photography

I will admit that I am in no shape or form a professional when it comes to photography (or at least not yet). Every once in a while, I find myself behind the camera gathering content to share on social media for my clients.  Because this is becoming a larger part of my workload, I’ve decided to challenge myself to develop this skill along with Photoshop by the end of the year.

My first attempt this year came around a few weeks ago while at taping a cooking show taping. Here’s the before and after of my best shots taken with a Canon Rebel T5i and edited using PicMonkey.com:


Strawberry Short Cake

Avocado Black Bean-Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette


Have any tips to help me improve my photography? Share them below or @ClaudiaAmezcua_.

24 hrs in San Antonio

 

Welcome to San Antonio, TX!  The little town that lies “deep in the heart of Texas” and famously known as the home of The Alamo. San Antonio is a perfect example of the past meets the present. During my trip to the River City I stopped by the and

The River Walk

This 15 mile stretch of sidewalk along the historic San Antonio River offers access to restaurants, shops, museums, hotels and a number of historical hot spots. Get the lay of the land by taking a river cruise from Rio San Antonio Cruises.  For $8.25 (General Admission) you can sail away on a 35 minute tour with a knowledgeable tour guide showcasing the historic sites nestled along the river and an idea of the lay of the land.  If you’re not too keen on tours, they do offer a river taxi service with 39 stops along the river.

The Alamo

Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty. The memories of James Bowie, David Crockett, and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army under Sam Houston shouted “Remember the Alamo!” as it routed Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. -TheAlamo.org

A few steps away from the River Walk stands the historic The Alamo.  The Alamo is the site that played a crucial role in the settlement of San Antonio, Texas, and the Southwest. While on your visit you can explore The Alamo Shrine, where many took last stand against Mexican troops. Inside the shrine you can view historical artifacts, flags, and the names of the Alamo defenders. You can also visit the Wall of History that displays more than 300 years of Alamo history, tour the Alamo gardens or even visit the oldest building on site The Barrack Museum.  The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (July-August to 7 p.m., closed Christmas Eve and Day). Tours with a museum docent can be booked for $15, audio tours for $7 or you can explore the museum for FREE!

Historic Market Square…

Market Square

Better known as the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico. This shopping destination houses over 100 shops and stalls all rich with culture.  It’s not only a great place to shop, but also a nice place to people watch in case your wallet needs a break.

 Mi Tierra Restaurant Cafe Y Panaderia.

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food that’s open late, I recommend taking a trip down to Mi Tierra Restaurant, Cafe Y Panaderia (bakery). Since 1941, the family owned and operated restaurant has been welcoming both locals and tourists with the smell of fresh sweet bread straight from the oven, Mariachi music, and amazing food.

What are your favorite sites to visit in San Antonio? Share your picks below!