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  • Day1369

    USA Tour - Memphis, Tennessee

    December 11 in the United States

    Arrived in Memphis today around 7pm after a 12 hour coach journey but probably close to 15 hours in total.... shattered isn’t the word. Staying in a Airbnb about 2 blocks from Beale street which is awesome, and the room I have in the house is pretty cool! I just went out for a few beers last night, nothing major but the bars here are cool and so are the people - I just wish coyote ugly was busier...Read more

  • Day1370

    USA Tour - Memphis

    December 12 in the United States

    Last day in Memphis today as it was just a quick stop before moving on to Nashville. I decided to have a short walk around the town (it’s not that big) and tbh there isn’t much there, the Gibson factory has closed Down which was a bummer. However I did manage to get a picture with the king, eat at gus’s world famous chicken and drink in BB Kings bar - so not too bad of a day all told. I probably wouldn’t come back to Memphis anytime soon, however the bars on Beale street are cool and I would say if you’ve not been to Memphis and you pre thinking about going... go in the summer!Read more

  • Day43

    Mud Island River Park

    May 16 in the United States

    Today we had a full day in Memphis. Our campsite is on the Arkansas side of Memphis. Memphis consists of areas of Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi. As we learned last night, heading into Beale st, we are about 15 min from downtown Memphis in Tennessee.

    We started our day checking out Mud Island River Park. Mud river consist of a miniature size Mississippi river where the kids can play in the river. Every 1 mile of the river is a foot and this miniature river goes on for over half a mile. It has depth, speed and even areas where it has dried up, just like the real Mississippi. It's really impressive and the kids enjoyed it, as well as the adults. The Mississippi river was very important for many years for expansion and cultural exchange.

    To get to and from the park/museum you could either walk the 1/3 of the mile on the pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi river or take the monorail. As we crossed 4 times, we did it both ways twice.

    We headed back to the car to make lunch and while Inara slept in the carrier, Brandon had a rest in the stroller, we were able to walk some of the museum in piece and quiet.

    The musueum gave information on the native Americans, the settlers , the advancement of boats and significance on the river, as well into jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll.

    We are supposed to have the next week full of rain, so we headed to Shelby farm park before the storm came. Shelby farm park was another 25 min east, out of the city. Shelby Farm Park has a playground which was named in the top 16 play grounds in the world. We have kids so we had to check it out.

    We probably spent an hour at Shelby farm and it was pretty cool. There was 4 areas, and all the areas were surrounded by arboros and plants growing up them. Everything in the park is sustainable and not bad for the environment. There was swings, slides, sand and a whole climbing ropes course which looked awesome. We were secretly happy it was closed as Inara is becoming a monkey and would love it.

    The kids were exhausted but we didn't have any food to cool for dinner so we found a brewery on the way back to the campsite from the farm. Boscos had good beer, great food and we had a very relaxing dinner and a great waiter. We tried fried green tomatoes for the first time and the kids had their first Shirley temple.

    We are now back at the campsite, kids are in bed and we are awaiting for the storm to come. The lightning has been going on for a while, the wind is picking up and you can smell it in the air.

    Memphis has been hot though, and didn't cool down over the night last night. Hoping tonight with the rain it will be a bit cooler.
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  • Day42

    Hot Springs National Park to Memphis

    May 15 in the United States

    We originally booked 2 nights at Hot Springs National Park but figured it would be better to have Mothers Day with family rather than traveling.

    The Hot Springs KOA was lovely. It was unlike most of the other KOA's as it was not next to a highway and we didn't wake up to sounds of trains, trucks or airplanes. So we all had a lovely sleep.

    We were out of the campsite and at the National Park by 10. This National Park is very different to other National Parks that we visited as its not really in a park. It mostly consists of a street with the heritage buildings which were all old bath houses using the Hot Springs from the mountain..

    We checked out the inside of the Fordyce bathhouse, which had a separate women's and men's area. The mens area was so much nicer. Only one of the buildings is used today and I believe they mostly closed in the 80's.

    As it was a National Park, Brandon got another junior ranger badge. This booklet was all about the bats in the park. Behind the houses was the promenade, which was a paved walkway with historical information. We saw a few outlets to the hot springs and got to touch it at the well, which was really hot.

    We had our lunch on the promenade and then we had a few hours drive to Memphis. We stayed at Memphis KOA, about 20 min from the Tennesee/Arkansas boarder and downtown Memphis city. The KOA was basic but they did have a pool and a cafe for breakfast in the morning. As like most KOA's it was next to a highway.

    We got the tent up, a swim in the pool and then we headed into the city. Our original idea was to eat dinner at the Hard Rock cafe, as we knew it was kid friendly and had live music but when we got there it looked pretty dead. We had a walk down Beale street, the main night life street in the city. There were many venues with bands playing and music blaring from inside. They all seemed to have a cover charge and no kids.

    We found live music outside on a side patio of one of the venues. The bouncer invited us in and kids were allowed. We had a great time listening to the band and Brandon even requested to get the CD, which we bought. Elisa ordered this massive PBR which cost less than $6. The kids had chicken fingers and it was the best chicken we have had yet here and it was real southern chicken. Inara fell asleep while listening to the music. We left just before 10 and right before kids had to leave.

    It was an enjoyable night and so far Memphis has lived up to its expectations.
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  • Day6

    Birmingham to Memphis

    June 12, 2017 in the United States

    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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  • Day7

    Cotton and Ducks in Memphis

    June 13, 2017 in the United States

    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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  • Day7

    Boats and Blues in Memphis

    June 13, 2017 in the United States

    All aboard The Mississippi Queen for our 2 hour trip around the Mississippi River. We boarded early and found a tiny space under the canopy on the top deck where we squeezed in with fellow travellers from Germany, Australia, The Netherlands and US. It was an interesting trip under the bridges down river and then into Arkansas waters which the Mississippi borders, all made more informative by the jolly commentator who made it seem like it was the first time he had delivered his jokes in his lilting southern drawl. After the boat ride we walked back to the hotel in the blazing sun and by the time we hit the fierce air conditioning of the hotel lobby we were almost orgasmic in our appreciation to the amusement of the friendly women on the front desk. 'How do you cope with this' I wailed? 'You won't believe this' said one woman 'But I wore a sweater into work this morning' The mind boggles. Up to the room where we showered and basked under the cool flow of air. After a brief snooze we got ready to go to BB Kings and Beale Street.

    In Memphis everything is just a short but sweaty walk away. We got to BB Kings early but the blues was already-a-playing. After an initial keffuffle when they didn't have our reservation we were seated to the far left of the stage where I ordered a nice cool beer and enjoyed the blues. Now the band were these very white overweight guys so you could be forgiven for not believing that they could be so talented and soulful but hell, they were and we were mesmerised by their talent. We ordered fried pickles and catfish and later ribs and beans. Everything was delicious especially the catfish which was lightly dusted in cornmeal. The ribs were sweet and sticky and fell straight of the bone. After eating we moved closer to the stage and enjoyed the rest of the set. The atmosphere was electric and people watching was amazing. In particular, an extended black family taking a long table and celebrating a birthday, they were in the mood to party and were so much fun to be near.

    Afterwards I shook the surprisingly soft hand of the keyboard player and vocalist who had the sweetest manner and blushingly received my gushing compliments. Outside we walked the full length of Beale Street taking in the beggars, tourists and street performers. In particular a group of athletic young black men who carelessly flipped and somersaulted their way along the street much to the amazement and appreciation of watching crowds. A truly magical evening.
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  • Day87

    Graceland

    April 28 in the United States

    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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  • Day86

    The Little Rock Nine

    April 27 in the United States

    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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  • Day21

    Memphis

    June 27 in the United States

    Ich sitze seit heute morgen in nem Pub und habe Fußball geguckt, mehr muss man dazu auch nicht sagen 🙄
    Ich werde auch noch die anderen Spiele hier gucken und dann zum Flughafen fahren, Denver kann kommen 💪

    Gestern war ich dann ein bisschen in Midtown unterwegs. Es ist dort viel schöner und ruhiger als in Downtown. Dort wohnen Viele in kleinen Häusern in diesen typischen Siedlungen, wie man sie aus den Filmen kennt. Mitten drin ist dann ein schöner Park und sogar ein Stadtwald wo ich ein bisschen rumgeschlendert bin. Es gibt viele kleine Cafés und Bars, sodass man die Zeit gut rumkriegen konnte und es hab natürlich wieder ein typisches BBQ. Aber es war nichts Besonderes, deswegen gibt es auch nicht soviel zu berichten. Ich freue mich jetzt auf Denver und dann die ganze Landschaft bis hoch nach Kanada.Read more

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