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  • Day1369

    USA Tour - Memphis, Tennessee

    December 11, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    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, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    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

  • Day42

    Hot Springs National Park to Memphis

    May 15, 2018 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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  • Day44

    Graceland and Peabody ducks

    May 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅

    Today we were going to be tourists. We had no idea what we would expect for Graceland as we didn't look anything up.

    We got there about 10am and it was not that crowded yet. We were not expecting the $60 a person cost (luckily kids were free) but it was something we had to do, even if neither of are huge Elvis fans.

    We have been introducing Brandon to Elvis over the last week or so, and he was so excited. He loves the GPS on the car so he knows how close we are (as well as learning numbers and time) and 4 min till Graceland he was so excited, screaming like a young teenage girl at a rock concert.

    Graceland the many museums in the area were worth the money. There was a lot to learn about Elvis and career. He seemed to be a stand up, charismatic family guy who loves to entertain. We saw his house, Graceland, his outfits, all his gold records, all his movies he was in, information about his time in the army, and his many cars. The kidney pool that was built looked exactly like my grandparents house.

    We had no idea that Graceland was going to take 4 hours and we had to change our day around as we weren't going to see all we had planned.

    As of most of the week, it was hot and sticky and thought we could take the kids to a splash pad which was supposed to have great views of the city. Well, we could not find this place, so we ended up going to the Memphis Botanic Gardens.

    It was 3pm, the weather was threatening with a storm, and we couldn't drive all the way back to the campsite as we had plans to be at the city at 5. The gardens would normally cost $10 an adult, but the nice lady let us in just to check out the kids tree house and stay for a little bit. The gardens were beautiful and the kids area was fun. There was a cubby house which lots of banging and music could be played. There was slides and holes to crawl through. Cubby houses with alfalfa growing on the roof. There was a tree house that has a slide from it. Inara tumbled down the slide and hurt herself. Between the two kids they have scrapes, and bruises all over their legs and arms from falling and being kids.

    We had about 30 min before the storm came down on us as we were playing in the tree house. There was thunder and lightning and hard rain. We got soaked getting to the car.

    Our next destination as tourists was the Peabody hotel. This hotel has been around since 1925 and the spectacle of the Peabody ducks since 1930. At 11am the ducks waddle across the foyer on a red carpet from the elevator to the water fountain in the middle of the bar area and back at 5pm. The kids got to sit right at the red carpet as the ducks made their quick exist from the fountain. It was a unique site.

    By the time we got back to the campsite, the rain has stopped, the tent was safe and dry inside and we had a lovely spaghetti dinner made by Josh.
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  • Day43

    Mud Island River Park

    May 16, 2018 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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  • 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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  • 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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You might also know this place by the following names:

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