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North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis May 20th 2015

THE BLUES HIGHWAY...Riding Memphis with the King. I saw him in Sydney...the band playing the riff..."B.B...B.B. King of the Blues"...over and over again. That was the encore...at least 20 minutes. B.B. King on the edge of the stage...throwing sweets to his fans. I just stood there...washing in the groove...my soul cleansed and refreshed. The blues has that effect on me...and on my true love and dance partner Denise. Kinda a fait de complet that on our first trip to USA we'd include a roadtrip down Highway 61...the Blues Highway. And what a day to arrive in the Home of the Blues...the Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll...Memphis Tennessee. 'Cause its the birthday of the King of Rock 'n Roll...Elvis Presley...they've been sightings of him already. When you are off to see the King...there's no better place to ... read more
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We call it Blues Heaven
Elvis is in town

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis April 21st 2015

According to my trusty MapQuest, the trip from Burns Park in North Little Rock AR to Mississippi River RV Park in Memphis TN would be about 135 miles and would take just over 2 hours on THURSDAY, April 16, 2015. Mississippi River RV Park looks to be in a great location for the tourist – on the river, close to downtown – but there was no answer on the phone. Several attempts gave me zero results. Since the drive would be short, I decided I would have plenty of time to go to the address and find out, “What’s up, Doc?” I generally don’t set out for a destination without a reservation (or at least a phone conversation to confirm availability). So, cautious Uncle Larry developed a backup plan before departure. I arrived to find a ... read more
A Grand ‘Ole Gal With A Veterans’ Memorial In The Foreground
It Sorta Looks Like A Village – Yeah, Right!
This Locomotive Is Similar To The Locomotive In Which Casey Died

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis April 17th 2015

Pops followed through and woke us up at 6 am. He went down to the RV to make coffee and the the girls and I got dressed, washed faces and brushed teeth. We looked at our hair after going to bed with it wet and decided we could enter an 'Funny/Ugly hairdo contest today and I would rank #1, Lola #2, Bella #3. We went downstairs to the free breakfast and Pops joined us bringing in our coffee he made in the RV. We got on the road. It's cloudy- our first day without the blue, cloudless skies. I dozed off and woke up to pounding rain. It finally stopped when we got through Memphis. I pointed out the Mississippi River to the girls. I really feel like my mom doing this but at least they ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis October 19th 2014

I am so happy to be going back to the part of the world that I like best- South America. This time I am not going by myself or with Val or with an organized tour group. I am going with a group of eight from Memphis and 12 from Kalamazoo, MI as part of the Friendship Force ( www.friendshipforce.org). Many years ago, 1986 to be precise, my husband (now ex) and I went as part of a small Friendship Force (FF) group to Hamburg, Germany for two weeks. We had a wonderful visit with Horst and Waltraud Jungclaus. The friendship continues and in 2007, Val and I stayed with them for a week. A few years after I moved to Memphis I found out there was a FF group here. I joined and have hosted ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis September 28th 2014

September 27, 2014 (Saturday) (Double click on a picture to enlarge it) It feels so good to be back on the road!!! I am headed to the Smoky Mountains so today was mostly a travel day. I am in Jackson TN tonight and will spend tomorrow in Nashville. I will head to Gatlinburg on Monday. It was so relaxing driving from Dallas to Jackson. The sky was so gorgeous. It was like the dividing line between cloudy and sunny was right in the middle of my car. The right side was cloudy with sun beams shining thru and the left side was sunny with fluffy white clouds. I had the music going and was jamming the whole day. Since I was trying to make time I didn’t stop too much. I did stop in Memphis at ... read more
Visitor Center in Memphis
Inside the Memphis Vistor Information Center
Inside the Memphis Visitor Information Center

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis June 7th 2014

Driving to Memphis was a short 3 hour drive but involved me driving through the heaviest rain I've ever had to do. At one point it was so heavy it felt like I was driving through a waterfall, forcing me to pull over and wait out the worst. The same storm caused 2 trees to fall across the road at my B&B, knocking out the power and so the first night in Memphis was by torch light. This I didn't really mind, I sat on the porch with Jamie, the B&B host chatting away and playing with her adorable 3 month old pup called Chew Chew. Chew Chew kept knocking at my door to be let in and everything was a big play ground! Could have totally fitted her into my bag to be my travel ... read more
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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




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