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  • Day3

    Chills, wanders, Ducks and surprises

    November 21, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    A much better nights sleep last night after our room change.
    I quite like to take in cities before they get going, not many folks out and about at 6.45 - mainly workers and a few homeless people as I take a nice refreshing and chilly run around downtown Memphis.
    Once back and showered, we take a leisurely stroll Downtown, walking via the tram route and high street to experience some different views including the bridge over the Mississippi River, which is lit up at night and changes colour every hour.
    Spot of brunch, the portions are huge, Janet only manages half of hers.
    We decide to walk down to Sun Studios - a 20 minute walk from Beale street. We buy tour tickets and spend the next hour learning the history of the place including of course Elvis himself amongst many others. We decline the shuttle service back and instead walk back via a slightly different route to take in more sights. We head to the Peabody hotel which has a tradition of ducks in the lobby fountain, they march down at 11am and back to their rooms (they live in the hotel) at 5pm spending the rest of the day in the fountain. As we watch the ducks we enjoy a cocktail and a Manhattan, whilst I sit taking in the sites Janet says she’d like to see the Graceland Mansion lit up at night, so we agree to get an Uber down there... or so I thought next she’s looking at prices to stay at the Graceland guest house. Under 60 minutes later we have checked out of our current hotel and checked in to the Graceland guest house... we are not disappointed 😀👍
    We wander out to get photos of Graceland in its illuminated glory, before heading back to the EP restaurant for some dinner and a couple of beers.
    We’ve really enjoyed our few days in Memphis, fulfilling a lifetime ambition, another flight tomorrow as we carry on our adventure. ✈️ 🍏
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  • Day2

    Graceland

    November 20, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    So today’s the day, 25 years ago we vowed to visit Graceland and that happened today. Not a great start to the day, bins getting emptied at 2.20 in the morning and the hotel is close to a main road, so a disturbed nights sleep but we manage till 5.30 local time.
    Well what an eventful morning. Our tickets for Graceland are booked for 9.30 am
    I’d downloaded the Uber app to book taxis to ferry us about, but it didn’t like my credit card, so we asked at reception for a taxi @ 8.30 (it’s 10 minutes to Graceland) 15 minutes we were told, no problem. We get chatting to a couple who turn out to be from Stockton-on-Tees, same as Janet, they are here with his sister and her husband. I end up cancelling our taxi and get on a tour bus with the four of them to get to Graceland. The tour bus doesn’t get us there, it’s a confusion of what tickets we have, so we do a deal with the tour bus driver to take us to Graceland for a small incentive. He arranged to drop us off at the Peabody hotel and pick us up in 15 to take us - 35 minutes later he turns up but can’t take us, so I re download Uber order a taxi for 6 and we eventually get to the Graceland reception at 11.30am, just your 3 hours 😀.
    But from there on in, what a great day. Graceland is a fantastic place especially the mansion side, a truly great homage to the King. We spend the next 4 hours looking around - including private jets, cars and so much more. The meditation garden where Elvis, his parents and paternal grandmother are buried, as well as a tribute to his stillborn twin brother is quite surreal compared to the commercialisation of some of the complex. It’s definitely been a day worth waiting for. We head back to the hotel via Uber again, great app when it’s working. Straight to the bar for a few beers with our new found buddies.
    Quick freshen up, Janet has a bit of a moan at reception about the traffic noise and we are swapped rooms. After a bit of research courtesy of trip advisor, we head down to a little Mexican. Steak Monterrey for Janet and Arroz Margaritas for me, Janet also spotted a nice 2 for 1 pitcher deal.. result. Little walk to the hard rock for a night cap before the shuttle back to the hotel. Let’s hope for a good nights sleep after a landmark day.
    Love you Mrs B xx
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  • Day0

    The Prelude

    November 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    So the adventure begins, 2 days of travel to start -
    Saturday 19th, teatime departure up to the North East to take our Pads on his little holiday with Nanna and Grandad (oh and to chase and bark at cousin Hugo), nice restful night.
    Sunday and we rise to one of Big Mo’s English breakfast. Chilled morning with a little walk for Pads before we head over to Darlington train station. Quick costa before our train arrives, some cheeky moo is sat in our seats but as there is no luggage space we get relocated to another carriage, right where the bar is ... if I didn’t know better you’d think Janet had planned it 😂😂. So couple of drinks on the train down to Kings Cross, then onto the tube to get over to Heathrow... yep wrong tube, this one goes to terminals 1,2,3,5 we are staying at 4, no biggie we get off at the Hounslow West and 6 minutes later we are on the right tube - bit of a walk from the terminal to the hotel but worth it. Lovely hotel and cheeky little upgrade to boot. By 6.15 we are in the executive lounge, have canopies and nibbles while sipping on the complimentary wine, lager and later baileys (Janet), whisky for me. We book a taxi for 5.45 Monday morning to take us to terminal 3.Read more

  • Day1

    Heathrow to Memphis

    November 19, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Early start today. We had booked a taxi on the advice of the concierge, up rolls a Mercedes Limousine - I’m thinking he’s had me here!!! But turns out to be good advice and less stress than the tube. Into the airport and through passport control all trouble free, bit of breakfast and Janet amazes me by ordering tea not a lager !!! Turns out no one else had beer so she went with the safe option. Little wander around the shops before we call home to make sure Joe is up up for work (he is), even having breakfast ! Onto the flight which is 20 minutes late, but we make that time up landing early in Chicago. Through a self service passport control (new from last time we visited) collect our bags, drop them off again, more passport control and then we hit the bar for our first drink on American soil. Short little 90 minute flight to Memphis, I think we are not far off the youngest people on the flight. Walk down for a taxi chatting to a South African couple from London, turns out we are in the same hotel so we share a cab.
    Hotel is functional, nothing flash and we have a double bed each. The hotel run a free shuttle service within a 3 mile radius, we take a trip to Beale Street - the “heart” of the blues in Memphis, if we are honest it’s a bit like a small Blackpool with better 🎶. We eat at Jerry Lawlors (former WWE wrestler), food is average but the is band good. Little wander around before we stop off at BB Kings Cafe, really good band and atmosphere in here, so much so we stop for 2 beers and Janet gets a signature cocktail glass. We are now starting to flag having been up for nigh on 24 hours so we get the shuttle back to the hotel.
    Graceland tomorrow.
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