Nashville Murals

Murals are a big thing in Nashville. Just google “Nashville Murals” and you’ll find not only lists of the murals, but tours that will take you there. Golf cart tours. Van tours. Party bus tours. We got some lists before we went, and then decided to just see what we saw and not look them up.

Bussin Around Nashville mural in 12 South. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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Nashville: Scenes from Music City

Going through all my Nashville photos, there were a lot that didn’t fit any specific category I was covering. So I’m including some random photos that will tell a bigger picture of the Nashville scene.

Puckett’s with Kennedy Scott. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

I have a friend who lives in Franklin, and she took me to Puckett’s, where they have live music and food. We spent some time listening to the lovely Kennedy Scott singing. She’s a Nashville native and we enjoyed hearing her.

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Corteo – Cirque du Soleil with kids

I love Cirque du Soleil performances. They are always a cut above circus-type performances, with its creativity. Last year we were treated to Crystal, a Cirque du Soleil show on ice. Tomorrow night we’re seeing Corteo – Cirque du Soleil with kids at the Prudential, with acrobatics and yes – clowns! The show will be in town through June 18, so don’t miss it!

Corteo. Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil
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Nemours Estate With Kids

Nemours Estate is one of the many mansions and gardens you can visit in the Wilmington, Delaware area. You’ll quickly learn that this is the land of the duPont family – there is no escaping them in this region.

The entrance to Nemours Estate. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Nemours Estate was the home of Alfred duPont and two of his three wives (but at separate times!). He built it for his second wife in just 18 months, which seems miraculous when you see how advanced it is. It is on the same property as the Nemour’s Children’s Hospital, so the entrance is a bit odd and the hospital is there just beyond the parking lot and gates. It was something both Alfred and his third wife Jessie wanted, and it was built after his death.

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Wilmington Delaware With Kids

For Memorial Day weekend, we decided to do a two-day trip to the Wilmington, Delaware area. There’s lots to do in Wilmington Delaware with kids, but also if you go for an adult weekend.

The area perhaps should be called duPont, as so much of the history in this area involves the duPont family. That includes the two big destinations for our weekend, Nemours Estate and Longwood Gardens, both of which we visited for several hours each. And we didn’t even get to most of the duPont historical landmarks.

The Delaware Children’s Museum is on the Riverwalk in downtown Delaware. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Wilmington is the headquarters for the duPont chemical company, called duPont de Nemours, Inc. (before they bought Dow Chemicals). You’ll recognize that Nemours part from the estate. And as you may know, Delaware itself is the incorporation home to more than half of all U.S. publicly-traded companies as well as more than 65% of Fortune 500 companies. There is no corporate income tax for companies registered there that don’t do business there. But this is all beside the point.

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Mitsuwa With Kids: Edgewater

I love foreign grocery stores and all the better when they’re in my backyard! After visiting Sojo Spa in Edgewater, we headed to Mitsuwa Marketplace. Unfortunately not everything was open, since it was 7:00 pm. I especially wanted to visit Kai Creamery to get some funky ice cream but they were closed. We still had fun looking around.

Cafe KAI Sweets at Mitsuwa Marketplace. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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