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Published: September 18th 2017
Hello from Kinshasa....yes, I have to admit, late I am when it comes to blogging.
My flight from Lubumbashi was a good three hours late yesterday, but as always, I'm still happy to have arrived. There has been only two planes crashing this week in Congo DRC, so anytime I'm on a domestic flight, the only thing that truly count, is simply to land!
Nashville, we did drive through the city and slept not far from the airport, but that's all I can tell you about downtown Nashville. One more time, let me stress that I don't know anything about country music and that I don't really need to go through that part of my musical background. This means, we may have driven through the streets of very famous, or not, music institutions, this was not my plan for the trip.
Nashville being a decent stop between Memphis and Charleston, this is a good place to spend the night! We even received a cute upgrade from the local Sheraton...if only the Jacuzzi was operating, that would have been even nicer!
We actually spent most of the afternoon in Franklin.
The little city is just outside Nashville and has been one of the bloodiest battle of Civil War that divided the United States from 1861 to 1865. The battle of Franklin happened in 1864 and saw a serious defeat of the Confederate from the South against the Union from the North.
One more time, I have studied none of this at school during my history classes while attending High School in Belgium. So for me, it's all about learning fast, not only about the battles, but about the why, where and consequences of it all. The less we can say, is that the United States and their citizens have never been able to properly put behind them the ground of those battles. For those who need a little reminder, the Confederate were the South States that wanted to keep slavery going on. They lost to the Union in 1865, and the United States therefore reminded as one. The same year of 1865, President Lincoln did abolished slavery in the States....before being murdered the same year!
The story about Civil Rights obviously didn't stop there, but rather started a very long struggle which up to
today is clearly not an easy part of the history of the United States.
So visiting the Southern States raise a simple question to the visitor coming from outside the States. These were Americans fighting Americans. Both side had their heroes. Both side continued to live where they were born, and the main outcome was that slavery was no more. But this didn't mean that from now on all men and women were born equal with access to the same rights. This happened only 150 years ago, and in the Southern States, that is still like yesterday.
Little disclaimer. We did not spend money visiting the battle sites. If you want a comprehensive visit, this is not a cheap experience. Not that we don't want to learn more, but 100usd for visiting two or three battle sites in an afternoon was not planned on our budget. One lesson, learning about this part of American history for sure doesn't come cheap at all!
Franklin is also advertised today as the most beautiful Main Street in the United States. No idea if this is true or not, but this clearly look like a gorgeous place
to live today. The old historic houses are all beautiful, and we spent some serious time walking them after lunch. outside Franklin, and all the way to the outskirts of Nashville, it's gorgeous housing estates one after the other one...we drive through one or the other...this smell big time conservative United States, a stark contrast to Downtown Nashville.
Next entry, the main port of entry for most African slaves to the United States, I name the beautiful city of Charleston.
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