Day 24. Nashville, Tennessee.
Started the day exploring our local neighbourhood of East Nashville. This is one of the older areas of Nashville with lots of trendy shops, bars and restaurants. The large number of posters welcoming people from all over the world suggests that this is very much an area of non-Trump supporters, unlike other areas we have been through where there are lots of Trump Pence boards on display.
We then headed out to the Belle Meade Plantation, on the other side of the city. This was the premier thoroughbred horse farm in the South in the 1800s, and trained the first ever American horse to win the Epsom Derby. The tour around the house was pretty good.
We decided to have lunch at the Belle Meade restaurant, and were surprised to be served our food on china plates, with metal cutlery, and our drinks in a real glass - all of which would be washed up at the end of the meal. This seems to be very unusual in the US. So far, most of our meals have been served with plastic, polystyrene or cardboard things, which are then thrown away. We must have generated a huge amount of rubbish since we've been here.
Apparently Nashville is the fastest growing city in the US, with the population expanding from 0.6 to 1.3 million in three years - largely due to the rejuvenation of the music industry, tourism, and the health sector.... and probably because it seems a nice place to live. It's known as 'crane city' due to the number of cranes in the downtown area.
They also seem to be investing in transport, with an excellent bus rapid transit system, bike lanes and a bike hire scheme, and electric vehicle charging points. We've seen quite a few cream colour Nissan Leafs here. Either it's the same one stalking us, or one of the garages has bought a job lot!
The accent has changed now we're in the south - "Y'all have a good day!".