On my recent trip to Nashville I discovered this bridge was no longer…. (Photo taken in 1985)
On a recent trip to West Virginia, I had some time to myself and went exploring. The image below is one of the wider, better maintained roads I found myself on. The serenity and peace while I sat on the hood of the car taking this picture is a rare moment in time.
For over thirty years I have been visiting the Chattanooga Choo Choo and I have always wanted to stay in the old Pullman Passenger Train cars that have been converted into hotel rooms. This past week I was finally able to check that off my bucket list.
We had planned on leaving Thursday morning for Nashville, but a last-minute business appointment was cancelled and we left Wednesday with Chattanooga in our sights. Last minute reservations online got us a train room…I was ecstatic!
The rooms are incredibly nice, although little wear and tear on the 70 year old train cars was visible. Each of the cars is split into two rooms leaving an area much larger than a standard hotel room. The bath facilities are a little tight and occupy the space the original toilets were. It had a queen size bed and a trundle-bed with a flat screen television. There are no phones in the room so any requests are made by text to the front desk.
The main building was opened in 1909 and the history is fantastic. The train cars sit where the old platforms are located and gardens have been planted instead of tracks. It was a very relaxing evening after we had dinner downtown. While my wife read, I played with the camera making long exposure shots in the dim light. It was definitely worth the stay….
Ok, it is an old spring house, although I did look around for Gnomes….
I arrived early for an appointment today that was taking place across the street from The Fabulous Fox Theater. I wandered over to the old building which was originally designed to be a Shrine Temple. I found a door ajar and decided to find out where it lead me. I creeped up the stairs and found myself in the Egyptian Ballroom which is designed after a temple for Ramses II at Karnak. I did not have a bunch of time but it was definitely a fun short adventure…
(After coming home I did a little reading and apparently missed some interesting things in both the men’s and women’s lounges or restrooms….next time)