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  • Day51

    Memphis - Tennessee

    August 24 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 29 °C


    Nach uber 300 Meile Autofahrt (knapp 500km) siiwer in Memphis acho. dStadt vam Blues/Jazz, Elvis und dum Mississippifluss. Wier hei epaar typischi Touri-Attraktione gmacht wie dSchifffahrt ufum Mississippi, e paar feini Ribs gässu und zMotel ga alüegu, wa der Martin Luther King erschossu wordu isch. Trotz der gross Hitz (37-39 Grad) heiwer dStadtläbu sehr gignossu und fröije iesch uf es paar gmietlichi (Pool) -Täg an ieschem
    negste Ort.
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    Marvin Fux

    Hoffu, ier gspiret ds schlächt Wätter vam Hurrikan Ida nit🙈🙈

    Fux Patrick

    Hängi abem Samstag fer es paar Täg uf New Orleans welle… 🤦🏻‍♂️sie aber dä nur nu ane Flughafe fer mit einem vane letschte Fleiger uf Mexiko z „flüchte“… 😅😎

    Marvin Fux

    Super. Demfall heissts entspanno🥰👏👏👏 gniessets fescht😍

  • Day110


    October 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Die Villa von Elvis Presley (Graceland), die Beale Street und der Mississippi

    Am Nachmittag zuvor:

    15:00 Motel in Memphis:
    Leider ist ihr Zimmer noch nicht verfügbar… Kein Problem, eine Stunde später konnten wir es dann beziehen! Auf uns warteten leider überall tote Kakerlaken und wir stornierten die Buchung und machten uns auf die Suche nach einer neuen Unterkunft…Read more

    Madeleine Gersbach

    Macheder no ä typischi Raddampfer-Fahrt?

    Kristin Biewald

    Unterkunft gefunden?

    Andrea B.

    War leider nicht möglich

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  • Mar9

    Walking in Memphis

    March 9, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Nach einer längeren Fahrt dem Mississippi River entlang machten wir Zwischstopps in St. Francissville und Natchez. Zwei schöne Kleinstädte mit vielen historischen Gebäuden.
    Unser Hauptziel war jedoch Vicksburg und der dortige National Military Park. Nach einer Nacht in einem recht ekligen Motel merkten wir, dass die Fahrt dorthin umsonst war: Im gesamten Military Park war ein Marathonlauf. Schade, also ab nach Jackson (MS) um dort festzustellen, dass dort an einem Samstag die Gehwege hochgeklappt werden... Keine Menschenseele.
    Weiter ging es via Natchez Parkway via Grenada nach Memphis, Tennessee! Die Geburtstätte des Blues und Rock N Roll und das Zuhause von Elvis!
    Die Stadt gefiel uns sehr gut. Wir machten eine Tour durch die legendären Sun Studios, wo schon Johnny Cash und Elvis Platten aufgenommen hatten - die gefielen uns sehr gut. Jedoch von Graceland waren wir etwas enttäuscht - fast 50 Dollar pro Person für eine Audioguidetour durch das Anwesen von Elvis fanden wir doch etwas zu viel! Den Abend verbrachten wir Memphis-like in einer Bar mit einer Liveband. Jetzt gehts es weiter in die Country-Hochburg Nashville, Tennessee! 🐎🎸🤠
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  • Day71

    Day 71 - Walking to Memphis

    July 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Got up at 8:30am for breakfast, then retired back to our room for a couple of hours. The plan was to walk to downtown Memphis, just 1.9 miles away, for some sightseeing, have a drink in Beale Street at dusk & then return to the hotel.

    At 11.00am we left our hotel & marched down Madison Avenue until we saw an Enterprise Car Rental Office, so we decided to call in to seek advice about the damage to Doodle. It was too busy & after 5 minutes we gave up & carried on.

    Our 1st planned stop was ‘The Legendary Sun Studios’, which is without doubt the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The recording studio was set up by a Mr Sam Phillips in 1950 & is where he discovered and first recorded such influential musicians as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkin, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis. "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, who were actually Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm was the first record to be recorded & released by Sun Studios.

    Sun Studios were open to go inside, where it consisted of a cafe & a record shop, both crammed full of memorabilia on the walls. You could pay to visit the actual recording studio on a tour, but we declined. After the obligatory photos, we continued.

    Next stop was downtown to the National Civil Rights Museum. On the way we passed AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds baseball team & The Peabody Hotel, home of some ducks.

    The National Civil Rights Museum is situated in two locations, half in the Lorraine Motel & half in the Legacy Building across the Street. The significance of these locations is that Martin Luther King Jr was shot dead on the balcony of Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel & James Earl Ray (or did he?) shot him from a room in a rooming house on S. Main Street, now the Legacy Building.

    Security was tight at the Museum, but after being scanned & searched we went to the ticket desk. The ticket girl asked if we qualified for a discount by being Military or senior citizen’s 55 or over. I told her I was 55 & quite rudely she accepted my word for it without asking for proof & gave me a $2 discount. Bloody cheek. This was the very 1st time in my life that I have got a discount for being so old, luckily Jackie didn’t mention it!

    The Museum was exceptionally good, providing us with a visual & audio history of the black Civil Rights struggle from slavery up to the current day. It presented the history in a very dynamic way with lots of video footage & sound recordings. There were mock ups of the Rosa Parks bus incident & the Selma to Montgomery March amongst others.

    The ultimate highlight was that we were able to view the exact location where MLK was shot & the exact location from where he was shot. The Legacy Building contained a lot of exhibits, items left by Ray when he fled the scene, including the actual gun. There were also displays setting out the conspiracy theories & the evidence for & against. I was intrigued to discover that Ray was actually arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport.

    For us, the National Civil Rights Museum was extremely poignant having only recently visited a lot of the scenes of the significant events described, including at Topeka, Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham & now Memphis.

    When we exited, we were amazed to realise that it was gone 3.00pm, so we walked along the Mississippi River Bank to the moored American Queen Paddle Steamboat, then headed up Beale Street in search of refreshment. We stopped at King’s Palace Cafe Patio on Beale Street, where we ordered one can of beer each, which came to the extortionate price of over $15. We supped (very slowly) our beer, whilst enjoying the blues band that were playing.

    About 45 minutes later, we couldn’t make our beer last any longer, so we headed out in search of food. It was not looking good, then it started to rain, so we made a dash for Hooters & ‘Happy Hour’. We ordered a pitcher (5 pints) of Dos Equis XX beer & a large plate of sliders & curly chips, which came to the grand sum of $14.

    About 5:00pm, we dragged ourselves away & headed for the Memphis Rock n Soul Museum. Again the ticket girl asked if we qualified for a discount & I immediately piped up “OAPs?” to which without question she gave us BOTH $1 off the entrance fee. The Museum started off with a 15 minute film in the theatre, providing a visual history of music in Memphis. We then were given an audio headset to listen to the story of Memphis Music as we made our way around the exhibits. Again it was superb & we exited just before 7.00pm unable to stop foot tapping!

    I was keen to see Beale Street in the dark, but it was still light, so we hotfooted it back to Hooters for another Pitcher of our favourite Mexican beer. We sat outside & watched the world go by. Eventually we left & made for Beale Street for a final drink before going back to the hotel.

    We walked up & down & selected the Blues Hall, which had a decent band playing. We ordered our drinks, Jackie a Long Island Tea cocktail & me a Big Ass beer, which we paid for as well as a $5 cover charge. I then went to the loo, which was in the adjoining building, the Rum Boogie Cafe & was blown away by the sound of the blues band playing.

    Jackie & I then relocated to the Rum Boogie Cafe & sat down at a table with a couple from Canada, Nick & Lisa. Nick was a massive Blues fan & went crazy when I told him about our visit to Buddy Guy’s Legends & Buddy actually sang.

    Anyway, the music by the band was utterly fantastic. The lead singer played the harmonica like I couldn’t believe possible & the young drummer was incredible. We ended up staying for another 2 drinks each & possibly getting a bit tipsy. During a break, I approached the lead singer Vince to enquire about their name, Vince Johnson & the Plantation Allstars & we got a group selfie with him, Nick & Lisa.

    It was just before midnight that we finally left Beale Street & got an Uber home. Luckily we were still in reception, when our Uber driver came running in with my iPhone that I had left in the back of his car. Maybe I was a bit tipsy!

    I’ve said it before several times, but This was the best day of the trip so far.

    Song of the Day - Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohen.

    Bonus Songs of the Day :-

    Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats
    Beale Street by The JT Blues Band
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    Craig Boswell

    Just watched Vince and his team on YouTube very good great find.

    Simon and Jackie Annals

    Well done Craig, I looked for them on Spotify but couldn’t find them.

  • Day6

    Birmingham to Memphis

    June 12, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    We breakfasted with our friends Malcolm and Huj and said a temporary farewell to Malcolm because we are staying next weekend with him in Alpharetta near Atlanta, but unfortunately Huj leaves for the UK on Thursday to attend a funeral. Driving out of Birmingham was a doddle and the newly completed interstate was a dream to drive on: great surface, little traffic and lovely, green, rolling, forested countryside. During a three and a half hour drive though, the qualities of even such a nice interstate start to pall and the standards dropped when we entered Mississippi.

    We came off at a town called Jasper (the second we have visited in the Americas, the first being in the Canadian Rockies). This was to give us a break from tedium but also to see real life around here and to visit a local wonder, the largest natural stone bridge east of The Rockies. Alabama is one of the poorest areas in America, Mississippi being the poorest, and this drive took us on well maintained roads through mile after mile of largely forested countryside with tiny houses dotted along the way and a few permanent trailer parks. Not much in the way of towns as we know them, it being mainly ribbon development along the roads, but sadly many decaying commercial properties. The most prosperous looking buildings were the churches and we passed an astonishing number of them. We are in the bible belt and a very large proportion of the population are churchgoers.

    Natural Bridge Park was hard to find, privately owned, cost $2 each to get in and was quaintly interesting. The bridge was soon reached and as we stood underneath it was obvious it must have been formed by water, but we had no idea how.

    Back on the road we headed for the interstate as it was slow on ordinary roads. Coming off again we found a burger chain I didn't know, Hardees. Avoiding Burger King (I think they are too soggy), we were very pleased with what we ate, although we had to scour the menu closely to find small burgers.

    The sprawling outskirts of Memphis arrived eventually although we did not know we had passed into Tennessee, and the Maddison Hotel was easily reached once we got away from the traffic. It was maybe 33C and very humid, so we kept to our room for a while before visiting the rooftop bar, a roasting space even with awnings, but with spectacular views of the Mississippi River and countryside all around. After a drink and a chat with some British tourists, we went back downstairs until sunset when again went for a drink in a slightly reduced temperature and watched the most beautiful sunset overlooking the river.
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    Walt Selby

    Love this

  • Day86

    The Little Rock Nine

    April 27, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Am 4. September 1957 versuchten neun afroamerikanische Schülerinnen und Schüler die Little Rock Central High School zu betreten. Sie hatten sich für diese bisher rein weisse und renommierte High School angemeldet, weil seit einem Urteil des US Supreme Courts aus dem Jahre 1954 die Rassentrennung an Schulen de iure aufgehoben worden war. Der Gouverneur von Arkansas, Orval Faubus, der von diesem Ansinnen wusste, liess die Schule von der Nantionalgarde umstellen, die die neun jungen Leute zurückwies. Dieser 4. September war für die Neun aufgrund dieser Aktion nicht nur eine Enttäuschung, sondern sie wurden vom weissen Mob, der sich bei der Schule eingefunden hatte, angeschrien, bespuckt und auch tätlich angegriffen.
    Präsident Eisenhower wies in der Folge den Gouverneur an, die Bundesgesetze zu beachten und die neun Studierenden die Schule betreten zu lassen. Als dieser sich auf die Bundesstaatsautonomie berief und nicht einlenkte, setzte er 1’200 Soldaten der 101. Luftlandedivision ein, die die Schule umstellten. Am 25. September konnten schliesslich die sechs jungen Frauen und die drei jungen Männer die Schule unter dem Schutze von Bajonetten betreten.
    Die Geschichte der sog. „Little Rock Nine“ hatte aufgrund der grossen Medienbericherstattung weltweit Ausehen erregt und das hässliche Gesicht der amerikanischen Segregation der ganzen Welt im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes gezeigt (siehe das Bild unten, wo Elizabeth Eckford von Hazel Massery, einer weissen Mitstudentin, angeschrien wird; Hazel sollte später ihr Verhalten bereuen und freundete sich mit Elizabeth an). Insofern wurde dieser Vorfall ein wichtiger Meilenstein in der Civil Rights-Bewegung.
    Heute ist die Central High, immer noch eine funktionierende Schule, ein „National Historic Site“ (übrigens als einzige Schule in den USA), und unmittelbar daneben gibt es sehr ein interessantes Museum zum Vorfall. Neben dem Kapitol des Bundesstates gibt es zudem seit 2005 eine Skulpturengruppe unter dem Titel „Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument“.
    Auch diese Geschichte habe ich mehrmals unterrichtet, und deshalb wollte ich auch einmal persönlich dorthin. Für mich ein schönes Erlebnis.
    Auch schön war der Besuch des 165 Millionen Dollar teuren „William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park“, der Präsidentenbibliothek von Bill Clinton, in der alle Dokumente seiner Präsidentschaft aufbewahrt werden und in der man sich die acht Jahre seiner Präsidentschaft Revue passieren lassen kann.
    Höhepunkt ist eine massgetreue Replika des Oval Office mit all den Originalgegenständen und Bilder, die Clinton dort aufgestellt hatte oder aufhängen liess.
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    Beatrice Isler

    Wow!!! Ich bin ganz ehrfürchtig! ;-)

  • Day87


    April 28, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Denkt man an Memphis, denkt man an Elvis und Graceland, das Anwesen, das der erst 22-Jährige - und bereits Weltstar - im Jahre 1957 erwarb, und wo er 1977 verstarb.
    Heute kann man Graceland besuchen. Das Anwesen ist Teil eines Riesenareals, wo auch alle seine Autos, seine Flugzeuge (!), seine Jump Suits, alle seine Auszeichnungen, einfach alles, was mit Elvis zu tun hatte, besichtigt werden kann.
    Wenn auch der Kommerz, der diese Anlage prägt, manchmal etwas zu stark im Vordergrund ist, helfen einem die vielen Ausstellungen das Phänomen Elvis zu verstehen. Während Entertainer wie etwa Frank Sinatra oder, aus der jüngeren Vergangenheit, Michael Jackson, eine vor allem jüngere und weibliche Verehrerschaft hatte und hat, war und ist Elvis eine Idol für alle Generationen. Er gehört allen, vor allem allen Amerikanern, verkörpert er doch, wie vielleicht niemand sonst, den American Dream.
    Zur Legende trägt sicher auch sein früher Tod im Alter von 42 Jahren bei. Alle haben Elvis in den besten Jahren in Erinnerung, und so lebt er auch weiter.
    Mich hat Graceland, auch als nicht ausgesprochener Elvis Fan, sehr beeindruckt. Hier sieht man, wie dieser, aus einfachen Verhältnissen kommende junge Mann all seine materiellen Träume verwirklichen konnte und dabei eine Verspieltheit an den Tag legt, die den Kitsch, was es eigentlich ist, wieder sympathisch und rührend erscheinen lässt.
    Zu den Bildern: Graceland Mansion; das Wohnzimmer; das berühmte, nierenförmige Swimmingpool; sein Grab; der berühmte rosa Cadillac; sein letztes Jump Suit, das er am letzten Konzert am 26. Juni 1977 in Indianapolis trug.
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    Vreni Schär

    Ja da waren wir auch. Sehr eindrucksvoll.

    Vreni Schär

    Geniesst eure Weiterreise durch das Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten

  • Day7

    Cotton and Ducks in Memphis

    June 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Whether it was just the heat or the drink or a combination of both we both had sore heads in the morning. Rich had it so bad he was quite poorly so I decided to go on a little walking tour on my own to find my way around Memphis.

    Even at 8:30 I was hopping between shadows trying to keep myself cool as the temperature was already in the low 30s and the tendrils of humidity started to entwine and exhaust. I first walked to the riverside Memphis Park. At this time most of the benches were still occupied by rough sleepers but it didn't feel dangerous and most people nodded and were courteous. Here, honour was paid to various civil war figures including the president of the confederate states between 1861-1865 Jefferson Davis. The civil war stills hangs over the people of the south generations on, as the sting of defeat and humiliation still exists under the surface sometimes betrayed by their responses to innocent questions.

    Wandering on from there I walked along the river front passing Mud Island river park where you can walk along a scale model of the Mississippi, taking in all the convolutions and oxbow lakes as it makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico. I crossed the train tracks and passed early morning blues music blaring from the Mississippi River Welcome Centre. There was no shade from the sun so I paused below trees along the river bank where I passed an old casino riverboat presumably from Mississippi state that looked closer to being scrapped than restored. I thought briefly of the musical Showboat and sang a bar of 'Ol Man River' before being cut short by an oncoming jogger.

    Further on at Beale Street landing was a large cruise ship sized riverboat which would be heading down to New Orleans taking in the many turns and chicanes of the river. I was reliably told that it costs $4500 for that one way trip. To the side of that was a little paddle boat which did day trips on the Mississippi so I booked tickets on my phone for that afternoon.

    I headed up from Beale Street landing to Beale Street itself where the majority of the Blues clubs are. Of course most were quiet at 9am but the neon was still flashing away in the blaring sun. This is the 'strip' of Memphis and we will return there this evening to sample its atmosphere. I headed back via a Walgreens to get some basics like water and milk and headed back to my patient who was feeling a bit better.

    Heading out together we walked past the sadly non-running trams and through a rather sketchy district to The Cotton Museum at the Cotton Exchange. We had a brief chat with the rather fey ticket seller about the heat in Memphis. He explained that air conditioning was essential but lamented that air conditioning was why people in the south were so fat as they didn't sweat anymore. I suggested that this had more to do with the huge plates of barbecue ribs and chicken which dominated every restaurant menu which he agreed could have an effect!

    This tiny museum allowed access to the now disused cotton trading floor and explained the importance of cotton to Memphis. It was interesting to see the huge pricing blackboard with each days prices logged including those at Liverpool. The fall of the cotton industry has led to huge poverty in the Mississippi delta, some towns there are now practically third world. Of course the real outrageous story is that of slavery and it was explained very well by the exhibits and moving illustrative videos.

    We went onto the Peabody Hotel which is the main 'grand dame' hotel in Memphis. It's unique selling point are the ducks which come down from the roof of the hotel via the main elevators each day and spend it in the pond in the centre of the lobby before heading back up at 5pm. All of this is choreographed by the Duck Master who rolls out a red carpet and trumpets their arrival and departure. All good clean fun and clearly a huge money spinner for the hotel as crowds of people watch this happen each day.

    We then had lunch in a Canadian themed restaurant across the street and soaked up the a/c ready for our time aboard the boat.
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  • Day158

    New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ -6 °C

    The Peabody Hotel, one of the fancier if not fanciest hotel in Memphis, has a great and very cute tradition, The Peabody Ducks, that has been ongoing since the 1930s. The hotel has 5 american mallards, 4 female and a male. Two ceremonies are held daily - one at 11am and the other at 5pm. The first to bring the ducks from their duck palace across the roof to the elevator, down to the ground floor lobby and along the red carpet to the fountain where they pass the day away. At 5pm the ceremony is performed in reverse.
    We arrived at the hotel not long before 11 to find that we weren’ the only ones to decide to see the ducks today and thus we had no chance of finding a vantage point to watch the duck parade. We decided that with to morrow being New Year’s Day we would probably have a better chance of seeing them -the crowds would either be hung over or gone.
    With that decision made we returned to Main Street for lunch then returned to the hotel to prepare for the evening.
    Beale Street was the centre of Memphis’ New Year celebrations with stages erected at either end and the length of the street closed to traffic. With the outside temperature -13C with a feels like of -17 C we decided to get into a bar that had live music. Our choice was Rum Boogie Cafe. The band Free World was excellent. All the musicians were accomplished and talented at their chosen instruments and we had a great night.
    The walk back was very, very cold.
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  • Day159

    2018 - Peabody Ducks & Mississippi River

    January 1, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ -7 °C

    Today we saw them. We got there early, got a table right in front of the fountain and sat down to some tea and cookies while we waited for the parade to begin. The Duck Master explained the tradition of the ducks, how there happened to be ducks in the lobby of the hotel in the first place and a little a about the history of the first duck master and the duck training process.
    Once finished the master ascends to the roof to collect his charges. With a great fanfare the elevator doors open and the ducks march the red carpet to the fountain. They even have marching music. I guess there are possibly days when they march but today they positively sped. Any faster and they would have taken flight. Once they hit the water in the fountain they raced each other round and round seemingly excited to be in their fountain. Or was it more 4 females trying g to escape a determined male?
    Afterwards we went upstairs to the mezzanine level to see their memorabilia room.
    Despite the extremely icy wind we then ventured down to the Mississippi River to walk along the river walk between the two bridges. And because of the extremely icy wind we terminated our walk and returned to the hotel earlier than intended. So cold!!!
    Our last supper in Memphis was at Las Margaritas again, both of us dining on seafood chimichangas.
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