Something that I’ve been wanting to do all of 2020 was visit Nashville. My friends were sick and tired of me talking about Nashville and how badly I wanted to go there and oh the things I would do if I were in Nashville. I was like a broken record when it came to Nashville!

Well, I finally got to go and I am beyond ecstatic to tell you all about my trip. It was everything I thought it would be, and more. It was the best way to end off this year. Now I can’t shut up about Nashville!

Take me back!!!

My first two nights were spent at the Russell Hotel in East Nashville. It’s absolutely breathtaking and the most unique hotel I’ve stayed at literally ever. It boasts these insane stained glass windows that were originally from Venice, Italy and a lobby that you cannot stop taking photos of. It even has the original pews from when it was still a church!

Now, I was raised a Catholic and still stay true to my faith, so you can only imagine how surreal it was to stay at a church for two nights. I kept examining and wondering what it might have looked like in the past. If you want to see photos of how it looked like in its early days as a church, click here.

Being the geek that I am, I looked into some articles about the church itself and learned that the church is 116 years old and withstood some tornadoes, a losing faith of its members, and more. It’s quite unfortunate reading it, actually..

After some extensive research, I found some photos that I thought you’d find interesting! I sure got chills from it.

The photo above is from the year 1939 and the photo to the left is the damage done from a tornado. It’s so crazy seeing all these photos, but it made me appreciate the beauty of it even more and the owners for restoring its beauty and making it a nice property for myself and guests to stay at.

My photos do not do it justice at all. The place itself is magnificent, airy, and gives off a feeling that you can’t shake off. Perhaps because of what it used to be, and when you’re in the middle of it, you can’t help but be in awe of the magic of renovation. It’s truly a place you should stay at if you are a fan of old buildings and how with the right touch, they can live on forever.

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