This past Sunday was our one year anniversary, so we decided to celebrate all weekend with a trip to Nashville.  We went down on Friday and stayed at the Marriott right across from the Parthenon.  Our room had a really nice view of the Parthenon and Centennial Park.

On Saturday, we got up and headed to the Nashville Zoo.  I had never been, and Chad hadn’t been in a few years.  It was a pretty warm day, but it wasn’t too hot to walk around and check out all the animals.

My favorite part was the Lorikeet exhibit.  Lorikeets are a kind of parrot.  They were in a free-flying exhibit, so you are warned that they might land on you.  I bought a cup of nectar for $1 to feed them, and was able to get a lorikeet to come and drink from my cup right away.  Later, I stuck out my arm and waited.  After about a minute or so, a lorikeet landed on my hand and drank the nectar from the cup.  It was pretty neat.

After the zoo, we went to the Parthenon because I had never been there before.  It is a replica of the original Parthenon in Athens.  We took a quick little self-guided tour before heading back to the hotel.  It looked like they were going to have a wedding or some event there that evening because they were already setting up.

That evening, we had a reservation at the Melting Pot.  Once again, I had never been there.  It was a neat experience as we cooked our own food in a fondue pot.  We had a four course meal of cheese fondue, a salad, an arrangement of meats, and chocolate fondue.  I have to admit that my favorite part was the dessert.  We got milk chocolate to dip strawberries, rice krispy treats, brownies, cheesecake, bananas, pound cake, and marshmallows.  Yum!  It was fantastic!  I wasn’t overly impressed with the rest of the dinner, but the dessert was fantastic.  I definitely want to go back.

The  next day was our actual anniversary day.  More to come on that later…