If you visit the South, you have to see at least one plantation. I took the tour at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, and heard stories about what happened there during the Civil War (the main house got shot up a bit), the families who lived there (worthy of any modern-day soap opera), and how it was a legendary horse-breeding farm (producing Iroquois, a horse […]
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Nashville is home to Music Row, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and is the capital of Tennessee, but despite all that the city feels pretty soulless. (Whereas Memphis is loaded with soul, in all senses of the word.)
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is a must. I don’t care if you don’t even like country music – if you’ve ever listened to the radio, you’re going to find something relevant and interesting. Not to be missed.
Pigeon Forge is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, and to say that the two places are different is an understatement. The Great Smokies are these beautiful natural wonderlands, while Pigeon Forge looks like God threw up signs and parking lots. But that’s not to say I didn’t have a good time in Pigeon Forge.
The Pink Palace Museum is housed in what was the home/mansion of the founder of the Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain. (I know it seems strange to have the words museum and Piggly Wiggly in the same sentence, but go with it.) The Palace features a natural history section, an IMAX theater, and an especially great section covering the history of Memphis. Well worth a […]
I planned my visit to Tennessee in March assuming it would be warm and lushly green, based on intensive research of historical data. (Meaning I looked at Weather.com once and noted that the season would change from winter to spring during my trip.)
I’m back, after 4300 miles and almost three weeks on the road. A big part of exploring any place is the food, and I had four or five good barbecue meals on my Southern swing. Because what’s the South without barbecue? (Okay fine, there’s also the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, the birth of the blues and country music. Details.)
I didn’t know what to expect with Graceland, and I was pleasantly surprised. Elvis paid $100,000 for the property in the ’50s, and when you see it now it’s decorated as he left it in when he died in 1977. Which is to say AWESOME.
"I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks." - Daniel Boone
"What is it you plan to do with this one wild and precious life?” - Mary Oliver
“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen
“I was a fantastic student until I was ten, and then my mind began to wander.” – Grace Paley
"If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." – Catherine Aird