Grateful Memories

November 23, 2006

When I was in Nashville, Tennessee recently for the Georgetown-Vanderbilt basketball game, I found myself driving through the pouring rain to get to one of the great roadside eateries in America located on the outskirts of the metropolitan area: the Loveless Café. It was well worth it: authentic southern food in one of the truly authentic American cities.

Despite the wet weather, Music City was a pleasurable experience, capped by a convincing victory on an unconventional court in a hostile arena against an aspiring team that beat the Hoyas at home one year ago.

En route to the game from the old Nashville train station, now converted into a grand hotel, a few detours were in order. Each stop was another piece of authentic Americana, starting with the Loveless Café with their signature fried chicken and biscuits, to the Cheekwood museum and botanical gardens, to Broadway with its rib and barbecue joints, honky-tonk bars, and spectacular buildings both old and new, to the West End with its acclaimed university and public park. See the photo gallery below.


An exact replica of the Parthenon is the centerpiece of Centennial Park in Nashville

Right there in the midst of Centennial Park is an authentic full-scale replica of my favorite edifice in the whole wide world, the Parthenon, the Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, located atop the ancient Acropolis in Athens. Constructed for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 and rebuilt in the 1920's with concrete, the reproduction affirms the city's moniker as the "Athens of the South."

Another reason to like this park is that one year ago, it became the first park in the region to offer free wireless internet access to all visitors. How's that for the fusion of the very old and the very new in one locale? Imagine sitting atop the steps of this ancient icon of western civilization and pulling out your laptop to surf the web. What a great country!

On this most authentic of American celebrations, I wish Hoyas everywhere a happy Thanksgiving.


Coach T and senior Sead Dizdarevic

Cheekwood Museum was once the home to the Cheek family, early investors in Maxwell House Coffee

Hoya fans and banner found a place in the Vandy student cheering section

Union Station hotel, formerly welcomed trains, now overnight visitors

Juniors Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, and Jon Wallace exit the court with a big early-season win

The Blue & the Gray: former Hoya grid stars Bruce Simmons '69 of Atlanta and John Dwyer '71 of Chicago at courtside in Nashville

The spectacularly adorned lobby of Union Station


Broadway in the heart of Music City: Food, refreshments, entertainment



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