“The reward of suffering is experience.”  Harry S Truman

When going on a trip I always want to get the most out of the journey.  So on our recent trip to Nashville to visit our granddaughter, Emily, we decided to throw in a side trip to the Parthenon.  (Grandma Pat, are you really off of coffee?)

Our travel companions included my daughter and her husband, Emily’s parents.  And the best part of such a trip is going to an exciting city and having residents of that city, Em and her husband, Trevor, as tour guides.  So of course, they suggested we throw in a side trip to the Parthenon.

I bet you didn’t know that Nashville has a full scale replica of the Parthenon.  We didn’t know that either.


Inside this Parthenon is a forty-two foot statue of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare.  On her hand is a human sized statue of Nike.  No, Nike is not the goddess of tennis shoes.  Rather she is the winged goddess of victory.


Yes, Athena is covered in real gold.  Every woman’s dream!

Also in the Parthenon are two smaller statues of sphinx.  Sphinx guard temples and are, supposedly, ferocious.  Sphinx, according to legend, present a riddle, which if not answered correctly, make the contestant eligible to become a sphinx snack.  What better thing to do when in the presence of such awesome creatures then to fist bump for good luck.  I hear that it works.

em fist

Granddaughter, Em, has this fist bump thing down.

Em must have given the sphinx a particularly awesome fist bump, because luck was everywhere.  We found a restaurant that served amazing grits.  We bought a few tacky souvenirs to bring home along with memories of time with my amazing family.

BTW – There is also a Paris, Tennessee.  I think it would be possible and lots of fun to have a faux vacation.  “Yes, after the Parthenon we took a quick trip to Paris.”

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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