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North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis March 20th 2014

In Memphis, I've been staying at a lovely Hostel named after Pilgrims. The people are so friendly and there have been at least two large groups of university students on alternative spring breaks. The company has been wonderful as young people are so giving, encouraging, and easy to laugh with. On my first night, I went out to the "well-known" Beale Street, where bars and blues line the streets. People smoke in joints and listen to soulful music. My pictures are from yesterday, which started off with a drive over to the Stax museum. Here is where many blues artists got their start. From the Bar-Kays, to Otis Redding, and even that one guy who played shaft and had a pimp-daddy cadillac all started here. The recording studio aspect was pretty cool. They should the mixing ... read more
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North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis September 12th 2013

Today we started our second road trip, and drove 400+ miles to Memphis, Tennessee via Clarksdale, Mississippi to visit Morgan Freeman's Blues Bar. The southern states are a lot different to the other states; they are also remarkably flat and the roads extremely straight and long. Our trusty TomTom (Tomothy) has not let us down yet, avoiding toll roads and taking us to interesting sights; he also tells us where the rest areas are and fuel stops are in the middle of nowhere. Our first hotel was amazing and cost us £27 a night including breakfast! The building was brand spanking new and totally under priced, not that we're complaining. We were both gutted that we were only staying for one night :-( After visiting the Blues Bar we drove to our hotel. This was the ... read more
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North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis August 20th 2013

We started out early on Tuesday morning anxious to get to Memphis to check out Graceland, Beale St. and Mud Island. We had visited these sites many years ago had great memories of them all and were excited to see how the current versions compared to those in our minds eye. The RV Park was luckily right across the street from Graceland so we hurriedly settled into our campsite and walked across the street to purchase our tickets. The last time we visited ( maybe 20 years ago?) the ticket line and waiting area was packed with tourists and we had to wait probably an hour to board the shuttle for our tour. Happily, this time we waited only about 5 minutes before we were loaded on to the shuttle ( after having our picture made ... read more
View from the Drive
Elvis' Living Room
Meditation Garden

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis July 23rd 2013

Three weeks travelling by road through Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, visiting many civil war and other historical sites.... read more
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Peabody Hotel
Peabody Hotel

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis July 4th 2013

The one about doing nothing for 2 days. I slept like a rock on Tuesday night. The temperature went down to 68. With the windows open, I am literally sleeping ‘outside.’ I needed a blanket! It was heaven. I was up early and walked Winston around the whole campground, which, actually, is very hilly, so it gave me a great walk. It must have been catch up morning on the telephone, because I had several lengthy conversations with family members, and it was good to hear from them. It was easy to break camp and I was on the road by 10. Something on my bucket list has always been to drive the Natchez Trace Parkway. From their National Park Service Website: The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and ... read more

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North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis April 2nd 2013

Water, water everywhere as we drove north on Hwy 55 out of New Orleans. Lake Pontchartrain on the right and Lake Maurepas on the left and swampland in between. How do they build these highways over so much water? The landscape changed dramatically when we crossed the Louisiana/Mississippi border. Trees, trees and more trees. We stopped at a Visitor center on the border about an hour and a half north of NO and the air smelled like pine trees! Pretty country. We picked up a map andvisitor's guide of Mississippi and it looks like you could spend a month just touring around the state. Lots of Civil War and Civil Rights history and museums. A lot of beautiful looking golf courses too! Graceland - we were there at 8:45 in the morning thinking we ... read more
Outside of Graceland
Elvis' Living Room
Dining Room

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis January 16th 2013

I know you haven't heard from me in a very long time. My last foreign trip was June 2011. I started to get that familiar ache to put on my 'traveling shoes' and knew this would be a solo trip. I leave tomorrow morning for Rome, Italy. It will be my first time there. I know, I know it is hard to believe given some of the backwater villages I have visited that I have never been to London, Paris, or Rome. It was part of a plan, well sort of a plan, to leave those highly touristy sites to my 'old age' when it was getting harder to do those backwater villages. This time I am going solo- no tour group, no Val, just me, some pages torn out of several guide books, some reservations ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis January 1st 2013

Perhaps this will work. Tech devices r a mystery to me. I got a Kindle Fire last year to use on trips but it hasn't co operated. I'll keep trying as it would be a lot easier to just bring one device on my next journey which is coming up very soon.... Carolyn... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis December 23rd 2012

Today we had a 9.30am departure from our hotel to Graceland, Elvis's home. A 10 minute ride and we had arrived, we transfered to a smaller shuttle which took us to his front door. An audio tour took us through the house, the 1st room was the formal lounge, then dining and kitchen, we then saw the 'Jungle Room' in which we were told to notice the green shag carpet that was very popular in the 70's. Katherine and I both looked at each other and had a little giggle, as anyone who has been to our house would know, Mum has the exact same carpet in our Dining room!! The second story of the house is off limits and kept private as per the family's wishes so we then headed to the basement which was ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis December 22nd 2012

Bags to coach 7.45, 8am departure. Today was a long day of driving from Texas to Tennasee. We had a stop at walmart a couple of hours in where we all got our presents for our Secret Santa for christmas then some lunch then back on the bus. Our next stop a few hours later we stoped in the town of Little Rock. We stoped at the town hall where they had a few monumuments to look at, the most famous was called the little rock nine. A true story of 9 african america teenagers who were the first to be let into an all white high school, they faced many challenges with this, but eventually were let in. I think there was a movie made on the story, so look it up if your interested, ... read more




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