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The Nashville Parthenon

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Lonely Planet’s website has a story on Seven Amazing Fakes, reproductions of exotic structures – like Foamhenge, just like Stonehenge, same size even, although it is made out of Styrofoam rather than stone.

IMG_4643 - Parthenon, Nashville 542▲ Nashville’s Parthenon is rather better than an amazing fake. OK it’s concrete rather than marble, but it’s not only full size and accurately copied, in many ways it’s even better than the original – none of that nasty damage the Venetians caused back in 1687 when they shelled it when the Ottoman Turks were using it to store ammunition. Originally built as a temporary construction for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. in 1897, the Nashville Parthenon’s permanent replacement was completed in 1931. I like these ‘temporary’ edifices which later become permanent (the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco for example, temporary in 1915, permanent in 1965) or simply stay that way (the Eiffel Tower was only intended to stand for 20 years).

IMG_4646 - statue of Athena, Parthenon, Nashville 542▲ The Nashville Parthenon even features a statue of Athena toting Nike in her right hand. Athena was added in 1990, the original Parthenon lost its Athena statue long ago. Of course the Nashville Parthenon is not the only attraction in the ‘Athens of the South,’ there’s also the Country Music Hall of Fame and all those noisy bars down Broadway.

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The Nashville Parthenon

16 April 2014 | Places

Lonely Planet’s website has a story on Seven Amazing Fakes, reproductions of exotic structures – like Foamhenge, just like Stonehenge, same size even, although it is made out of Styrofoam rather than stone. ▲ Nashville’s Parthenon is rather better than an amazing f...

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South Beach Miami Art Deco Architecture

14 April 2014 | Culture

The Miami Design Preservation League at 1001 Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami, puts on daily Art Deco Architecture walking tours of the Art Deco district of Miami Beach. The tours kick-off at 1030 am daily, there’s no need to pre-book, they cost A$20 and last 90 minu...

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A New US Immigration Experience

12 April 2014 | Living

Kicked out of the USA? Although probably we never entered? Either way it was a new travel experience and an unexpected one. With four British friends we’d been sailing around the Virgin Islands in a chartered boat, we started in Tortola and after five days in the B...

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US Virgin Islands

10 April 2014 | Places

From British Virgin Islands my little group continued on to the US Virgin Islands (with an unexpected interruption by US immigration which I’ll cover in the next report!). ◄ We started with St John Island, which offers plenty of walking opportunities for energe...

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British Virgin Islands

8 April 2014 | Places

From Mexico (Tulum and other Mayan ruins) and Havana (where old American cars and new Cuban restaurants are both doing fine) the next stop was the British Virgin Islands. A place for doing things rather than merely looking at them, although the sunsets were certainly ...

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Havana – and the restaurants?

1 April 2014 | Living

OK the politics is changing in baby steps since Fidel is still there, even if only in the background. The old American cars seem to be multiplying, I even had this crazy thought that somebody was buying them up in the USA and shipping them to Cuba. But if there was on...

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Cuba – the old American cars are still there

30 March 2014 | Culture

After Mexico I flew on from Cancun to Havana, 13 years since I was there last. Way back then I’d gone thinking ‘better get there before Fidel falls off the perch.’ Well all those years later he’s still there, or at least still there behind the scenes. Brother Raul is ...

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Mayan Ruins around Tulum

29 March 2014 | Places

▲ Staying on the beach at Tulum on my recent Mexico visit it was inevitable that Mayan ruins would be part of the trip. Starting with the ruins right in Tulum of course, with El Castillo picturesquely balanced on the hilltop above the beach.   ◄ We also...

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Sian Ka’an Biosphere Beach – in need of a clean up

15 March 2014 | Living

I’ve been staying in the 5000 square km Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve on the Caribbean coast of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Cancun is the big beach resort of Quintana Roo, but the state also features other resorts (Playa del Carmen and lower key Tulum), the isla...

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Flying to Mexico

13 March 2014 | Transport

The wonders of flying ‘Great Circle’ routes never cease to amaze me. You fly between Australia and southern Africa (Jo’burg say) or southern South America (Buenos Aires) and a glance at the map and you think it’s straight across the Indian Ocean or the southern South ...

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