Well, we have been in the South :-)
After maxing out on Country music (well, taking in as much as Paul could bear!) in Nashville, we headed further east to Knoxville - where we stayed in a chain Hilton close to the interstate. There wasn't much to see in Knoxville.
However, just outside Nashville we stopped at The Hermitage - home of America's 7th President Andrew Jackson. It was an interesting and informative couple of hours learning about the life of a privileged family in early Colonial America, and how they and their slaves lived:
Me at The Hermitage - you can see the house in the background
As interesting as that was, on Thursday we stopped for lunch on our way to Charlottesville at the Mountain Lake Hotel where Dirty Dancing was filmed!!! It was only half an hour off the interstate between Knoxville and Charlottesville, and initially I had to promise Paul that I would treat him to lunch there, but it was such a fab little detour even he admitted to having enjoyed it! Here are the pictures for the girls...
'Kellermans' sign, with the Houseman's cabin in the background
Me on the 'self guided movie locations tour' of the hotel grounds!
This is where 'Baby' first came across the Watermelons!
Paul enjoying the visit!!
Of course - now I can't wait to watch the film again to see how it all compares 23 years on!
Sadly, the hotel is looking a little tired - not least because the lake is in the midst of a natural 'dry' period (check out the hotel website page on the level of the lake for background on this) and currently hardly exists - but also because this place is not in any of the guidebooks and it so should be. I can't even remember why I was googling the movie location before our trip, but I'm so glad that we had the chance to go there. Lunch was tasty and very reasonably priced too (and no, I did not sit in the corner!).
Continuing the road trip we crossed over the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia (and yes, I did sing the first 2 lines of that song, although alas Icouldn't remember any more but Paul was very glad about that...) and now we're in true Colonial Country. Trust us though - the highlight of our weekend here so far as been the College Homecoming game of American Football that we went to tonight; the Virginia 'Cavaliers' (team of the University of Virginia) at home to the North Carolina 'Tar Heels' team.
The game in progress
The marching band - they were amazing
Even with the fabulous marching band and our diligent support the home team lost, which was a shame, but the atmosphere was fantastic and now I get the appeal of the game!
Tomorrow we're going to visit 'Historic Williamsburg'. Part of the town exists as a living museum depicting Colonial life as it was in the early days... I think we might have a few pictures of that to post!