Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Family vacation is over

This past Saturday we all loaded up the van and headed towards Nashville - about a two hour drive from here. On the way to Nashville we realized we could stop and tour the James Polk home - of course we had to take advantage of that.
Vergangenen Samstag haben wir den Van voll geladen und sind Richtung Nashville gefahren - ca zwei Stunden Fahrt von hier. Auf dem Weg nach Nashville haben wir gesehen, dass wir einen ungeplanten Stop einlegen koennten und das James Polk home ( ein President) anschauen konnten. Mussten wir natuerlich machen...The tour didn't take all that long but we found it to be very interesting.
Die Tour hat nicht allzu lange gedauert, war aber sehr interessant.
Obligatory group shot. ;-)
Gruppenfoto ;-)
After the Polk home we went on to Nashville and stopped at the Hermitage - Andrew Jackson's home. It's a pretty grand place and we learned a lot about Andrew Jackson. Guess because I went to school in Germany, I didn't know that much about him. For instance I had no idea he was the president who sent Indians on the Trail of Tears.
Nach dem Polk home sind wir nach Nashville gefahren und haben die Hermitage besichtigt - das Zuhause von President Andrew Jackson. Es war eine laengere Tour und wir haben viel ueber Andrew Jackson gelernt. Nachdem ich ja in Dtld zur Schule gegangen bin, wusste ich nicht allzu viel ueber ihn. So z.B. wusste ich nicht, dass er der President war der die Indianer auf den "Trail of Tears" geschickt hat.
This is where Andrew Jackson and his wife are buried. There is a little cemetery right next to it with several family member buried there.
Hier sind Andrew Jackson und seine Frau begraben. Gleich daneben ist ein kleiner Friedhof in dem viele Familienmitglieder begraben sind.
The grounds of the hermitage are very pretty and we took our time exploring them. It would have been a lot better though if it hadn't been so incredibly hot.
Die Gaerten der Hermitage sind sehr schoen angelegt und wir haben uns Zeit gelassen sie anzusehen. Waere etwas besser gewesen, wenn es nicht so fuerchterlich heiss gewesen waere.
Late afternoon we checked into our hotel - the Embassy suites near the Airport. No, I'm not getting anything from them for this "ad" (I wish), we just really like staying there.
Spaet am Nachmittag sind wir dann in unser Hotel - das Embassy suites am Flughafen. Nein, ich bekomme leider nichts von ihnen fuer diese "Werbung" (schoen waer's), uns gefaellt es dort einfach sehr gut.
Both girls enjoyed the pool, but Nadia really loved it.
Beide Maedels haben den Pool dort genossen, aber Nadia war total davon begeistert.
We enjoyed the managers reception and the live music. A very nice way to end the evening...
Wir haben dafuer den Manager's Empfang und die live Musik genossen. War schoen den Tag so ausklingen zu lassen...
Tomorrow: Nashville city tour
Morgen: Nashville Stadt Tour


  1. Looks like fun, and educational too!

  2. Looks like you are having an enjoyable vacation. The Indian Removal Act was tragic. Thousands died from disease and hunger on that forced relocation march. I don't like Andrew Jackson much.

  3. I didn't know much about Andrew Jackson, but after everything I learned, I don't care for him either.

  4. The Embassy suites usually are a nice place to stay.
    I love that you enjoy all the historical sites...even though you were not born here. YOU are so wonderful to take the kids around to learn where they are living; the history of our country. I hope you are all having fun.