the Athens of the South

The Greek architecture rose grandly above the trees of Centennial Park in Nashville. The goddess Athena towers over the masses below, holding onto scholarly education and symbols of victory.
The exact replica of the Parthenon in Greece is a symbol to the city being rebuilt after the Civil War, and to celebrate becoming part of the Union 100 years before. A city that moved on and focused upon the education of it’s people rather than wallowing in the destruction and loss of life.
The sense of freedom and rebirth was strong here in Centennial Park. From statues of great past leaders to the revolution of the steam engines that helped to power this city forward, I sit on a park bench and take it all in.
A lone turtle seems to watch me for a moment as I am in thought.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?