After going to lunch at Ghengis Mongolian Grill, which is supposedly world famous (I actually prefer mongolian in the Tri-Cities), we went to Belmont Mansion. Apparently, several weeks before we were there the presidential debates were hosted at the Belmont University campus. It was an Italian villa style summer home built by a family to escape from the heat of their seven Louisiana cotton plantations.
15 December 2008
To start the day off we met my sister-in-law's brother and his girlfriend at the Parthenon. This is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Inside of it was a statue of Athena Parthenos which "is a reconstruction of the long lost original to careful scholarly standards: she is cuirassed and helmeted, carries a shield on her left arm and a small (6 ft) statue of Victory in her right palm, and stands 42 ft high, gilt with more than eight pounds of gold leaf; an equally colossal serpent rears its head between her and her shield."