Tennessee Journals

Tales of a Travelling Englishman (Part 7 - Tennessee, USA)

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A June 2006 trip to Tennessee by Shady Ady

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Quote: A week by week account of my travels throughout the world. This chapter focuses on a week trip to Tennessee before travelling to South America.

Clarion Hotel Memphis

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Hotel | "Memphis Plaza Hotel"

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This is within easy reach of downtown Memphis, Beale Street, Memphis Zoo, Memphis International Airport, and Graceland, which are between 8 and 15 miles away. There are 173 rooms on four floors offering standard, affordable accommodation at a budget price. Although built 33 years ago, it was renovated around 8 years ago, which gives it a modern feel.I booked this hotel through a well-known website, where you do not find out your hotel until after you have reserved the rooms and paid. I must admit that after finding out that I would be staying here and reading hotel reviews on the Internet, I was a little worried, as most reviews were very much on the negative side.I have to say, th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2006

Clarion Hotel Memphis
6101 Shelby Oaks Dr.
Memphis, Tennessee 38134
(901) 388-7050

Rum Boogie Cafe

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Restaurant

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I had heard a lot about Beale Street before my trip to Memphis, in particular Rum Boogie Cafe, established in 1985, famed for its Southern food and Southern hospitality, and I was quite excited about the prospect of enjoying a nights entertainment here.If the offer of fine food and lively music isn’t enough to get you through the doors, the interior houses some of music’s most sought after memorabilia, including more than 200 autographed guitars from some of the greatest performers in the music industry, including Elvis Pressley and Carl Perkins, as well as countless original Memphis concert posters from the 1920-1980s and the original STAX sign that adorned the STAX recording studio. You ca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2006

Rum Boogie Cafe
182 Beale St
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 528-0150

Sun Studio

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Sun Studio Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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There are a large number of tourist attractions in Memphis, but for me Sun Studio’s is number one, rating higher than the more popular Graceland. First opened in 1952 by Sam Philips, Sun Studios can hold claim to giving musicians such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash their break in the music industry. It was also here that the first rock'n'roll record was printed, not to mention the hits of BB King and U2 that were also recorded here.It’s hard to imagine the numerous legends that have worked here when entering Sun Studios. Even so, I am not exaggerating when I say it puts goosebumps on the back of your neck. The tour lasts approximately 45 minut...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2006

Sun Studio
706 Union Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 521 0664

Graceland

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Attraction

Graceland Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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A visit to Memphis is not complete without a trip to Graceland, the home of the late, great Elvis Presley. I never considered myself one of his biggest fans, but the life of Elvis was an extraordinary one, and for me I found myself fascinated with Graceland, not because I wanted to mourn the loss of one of music’s genius performers, but because it gave me the chance to learn things I would never have known.Graceland is excellently set up, with an enormous amount of interesting facts and information, but on arrival it could easily be mistaken for a slightly tacky tourist trap, especially upon arrival at the visitor centre, modelled on an airport terminal. I would not blame anyone for thinking...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2006

Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, Tennessee 38116
(901) 322-3322

Week 37 - Two Dead Legends! (USA)

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Into the first week of the World Cup I have been quite lucky so far and managed to catch a number of the games, including England's win over Paraguay, although I had to watch half of it in Spanish!! I thought the build-up to the World Cup over here was bad enough, but listening to the commentary is even worse. During the first England game, I was forced to listen to such quotes as 'Crouch rises, like a skyscraper on the Manhattan skyline' and ' He's bending it like Beckham baby'. American coverage also likes to produce the most useless World Cup facts possible that even John Motson would stay well clear of. Such gems so far have been England’s win being the first time a team has ever won 1-0 ...Read More