Park Guell – Barcelona

Welcome to Spain! We arrived in this beautiful country on Friday, Aug. 18, one day after terrorist attacks shook Barcelona. Unfortunately, this city was the first destination on our Spain trip, so we couldn’t pretend that the incidents didn’t cast a dark cloud over our trip.

One of the first sights we saw after taking the Aerobus from the airport into the city was a memorial on Las Ramblas dedicated to the victims of the attack.

But, once we arrived at our Airbnb in Gracia, our host persuaded us that Barcelonians were ready for an attack and wouldn’t let terrorists upset life in the city.

So, with that in mind, we set out to visit the first of our Gaudi sights: Park Guell.

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5 Days in Nashville: Day 5

Our final day in Nashville was dedicated to one thing, and one thing only: The Nashville Hot Chicken Festival.

The festival has been an annual Nashville tradition on the Fourth of July since 2007. It brings together some of the best hot chicken vendors from all around the city that put hot chicken on the map.

We had genuinely been looking forward to this occasion since we arrived in Nashville.

But before the festival opens to the public, there’s a joyful Fourth of July parade featuring local sports teams, business owners, community organizations and public servants.

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5 Days in Nashville: Day 4

As sad as it is to admit, by day four of Nashville, we started experiencing a bit of tourism fatigue. Nashville is a surprisingly small town, and other than eating delicious Southern food and drinking local alcoholic beverages, there isn’t a TON of stuff to see, especially as New Yorkers who expect amazing sights around every corner of a city. Apologies to any Nashville locals we’re offending…!

We started the day with some shopping, stopping by a couple of thrift shops including what was called the “Goodwill Outlet.” This strip mall housed not only your standard Goodwill, but also Goodwill’s version of an outlet store. These serve as liquidation centers, meaning that if an item doesn’t sell at the standard store, it’s moved to a Goodwill Outlet and sold for drop-dead low prices (either by the pound or for a reduced price per piece). You’re basically guaranteed 75 percent off of the already-low Goodwill retail price.

It was an insane experience watching everyone rummage through bins and bins of random objects to find their hidden treasures. And we were actually surprised to see people walk away thrilled with their hauls of Nintendo play stations, toys and clothes.

Goodwill Outlet
780 Berry Rd.
Nashville, TN 37204

We then drove to 8th Avenue South, which is home to a number of cool furniture and thrift shops, including Pre to Post Modern, an eclectic vintage store with a great selection of finds. You’ll end up spending hours rummaging through their displays of clothes, jewelry, shoes, records and furniture.

Pre to Post Modern
2110 8th Ave. S
Nashville, Tennessee, TN 37204

Afterwards, we headed to White’s Mercantile, a boutique shop carrying everything from clothes to homeware to food. It’s owned by musician Holly Williams, who happens to be friends with Gwyneth Paltrow. According to the store’s website, the shop is Goop-approved, which you can tell the moment you walk through the doors. It had very Brooklyn-meets-Hamptons vibes, and offered an impressive selection of candles.

White’s Mercantile
2908 12th Ave. S
Nashville, TN 37204

We finished off our shopping day with a visit to the Nashville Farmers’ Market, which comes highly recommended in most travel guides.

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5 Days in Nashville: Day 3

We originally planned to begin day three in Nashville with a drive all the way to Southern Tennessee/Northern Alabama to hike the Walls of Jericho trail. It’s a tough hike rewarded with beautiful waterfalls, but with Wesley’s ankle, we decided to take it easy for the day.

So, instead, we visited Belle Meade Plantation, which was built by John Harding in 1820 on his family’s farmland. The property initially encompassed 250 acres and a single log cabin. Ultimately, Belle Meade grew to 5,400 acres, anchored by a Greek Revival-style mansion, and included a deer park, train station and rock quarry.

Harding also capitalized on slave labor to run his farm and eventually became one of the largest slaveholders in Nashville.

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5 Days in Nashville: Day 2

After a full day and night of drinking, we were feeling a little worse for wear on Saturday morning. We had a pretty slow start, but eventually ventured out of our Airbnb in search of brunch.

But first, we stopped by the local hipster coffee joint, CREMA, which felt transplanted from Southern California. We highly recommend their take on the iced cortado, which was rich, caramel-y and strong.

15 Hermitage Ave.
Nashville, TN 37210

Once we were sufficiently caffeinated, we headed over to Pinewood Social, a popular spot for brunch and day drinking. Not only do they serve delicious food, the huge space also features a gorgeous bar, CREMA coffee bar, bowling alley, and outdoor space with functioning pools, bocce, ping pong and another bar serving drinks out of an Airstream trailer.

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5 Days in Nashville: Day 1

Welcome to day one of our five-day Nashville travel diary! We decided to spend our long Fourth of July weekend in Music City this year, and arrived on Thursday night to our rustic Airbnb, which is literally a converted garage in the backyard of someone’s house in South Nashville.

We recommend checking out this Airbnb listing if you’re planning a trip to Nashville anytime soon. The area immediately around the house isn’t the most exciting, but it’s so conveniently located (within a 10-minute drive of downtown, the airport and all of the trendy neighborhoods in the city) and affordable that it’s easy to overlook the suburban surroundings.

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