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Day 18 & Day 19

New Orleans - Memphis

sunny 19 °C

Day 18: New Orleans - Memphis

- City Tour (when we arrived at Memphis Camille took us around for a city tour before going to our hotel, Memphis has got some character and cannot wait to explore it)
- Civil Rights Activist (a lady stands on the corner of the Civil rights museum everyday and has done so for 23 years now, she is quite famous and celebrities often come to see her and support her cause. We listened to her for a couple of minutes and what she is trying to achieve is making the Lorraine Hotel a refuge for those in need instead of the Civil Rights Museum which does not put any of its profits back into the community as she believes this is what Martin Luther King would have truley wanted)
- The Lorraine Hotel (where Martin Luther King got shot)
- Dinner at BB Kings (the restaurant dedicated to the famous musician BB King, was a fun place with live music and great food)
- Blues Club (We went to some blues club on Beale St where the live music was insane and had 100's of famous people's guitars on display)
- Silky's (was an Irish pub where they serve the famous 'bucket drink' which is pretty muchg every alcohol poured into a bucket with giant straws, wasn't the best tasting drink but had a resemblance to punch after a while. This place also had the duelling pianos where we convinced one guy to play the 'Land Down Under' song for us in a blusey rendition....all Americans had no idea what was going on but our Aussie pride was loud as ever!! This place was a local college hang out where they dressed so preppy in slacks, shirts and polyester vests and their girlfriends all looked like miss america's....it was like entering into a different time zone....but they were all pretty funny)

Day 19: Memphis

- Graceland (Home of Elvis, this place was amazing, we got to see his mansion which has been kept exactly in tact, his grave site, his jet planes, his numerous cars and loads of memorabilia o n the king of pop!)
- Sun Studio's (This is where many famous rock and roll musicians began their careers such as Johnny Cash & Elvis. We got to stand in the recording studio that many famous songs were recorded and touch the microphone that Elvis used...pretty cool!)
- Rendevou's Ribs (this is a world famous restaurant renowned for their charcoal ribs. So famous that its location is unsigned and secluded and they do not need to advertise as they often have thousands of customers passing through their doors each day! We were told that this is something we had to try so a whole bunch of us tracked it down and stuffed our faces.....DIVINE!!)
- Group Dinner (tonight we have another group dinner booked in which is always fun)
- Party on Beale Street (there is another contiki crew doing the same as our tour but in reverse and this is the only night we cross paths. There will be 100 contiki people staying in our hotel and we are all meeting up at Beale st to party together....things are going to get messy)

Posted by kimbo87 15:12 Archived in USA

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