Jet Lag City: Second Leg

DAYS ELEVEN AND TWELVE – 31st March/1st April 2011 My flight back to London isn’t until 9.10pm, so I have almost a full day to explore more of New york. But the weather’s turned, and a cold wind and rain make it uncomfortable to walk about. Still, there’s plenty of window shopping to be done, even if…

An island and an oasis

  DAY TEN – 30th March 2011   It’s another day for heady tourism. Although New York is a great city to walk around, you soon realise just how big it is. So it’s a subway trip downtown to the Staten Island Ferry, which prompts a flashback of last night’s trip home It’s a tough…

Apples, Oysters and Strawberries

NIGHT EIGHT – Monday 28th March What the hotel lacks in character is more than made up by its location. I’m right on the corner of Central Park and Fifth Avenue, close to some of New York’s best known shops and buildings. Huge, expensive brand names shout from beautiful buildings full of beautiful people. But one…

Union City Blues (and Country)

NIGHT SEVEN – 26th MARCH 2011   MUSIC CITY It’s Saturday night and already things are hotting up in Nashville, apart from the temperatures that is. Today’s rain and cloud has been blown along by a chilly breeze, and as I walk down Broadway the crowds are gathering at the local ice arena for a…

Blues and Choo Choos

NIGHT SIX – 25th March 2011 It’s time to bid farewell to Memphis, but before I leave, a visit to BB King’s Blue club on Beale Street, owned by the great man himself. he’s not playing tonight, but his house band are pretty good : DAY SEVEN – 26th MARCH 2011 I’m not quite sure…

Elvis and the other King

DAY 6 – 25th MARCH 2011 Today I shared something with Cher. I am neither a gypsy, tramp or thief – though the furry taste on my tongue this morning might have meant any of those. No, today was all about Walking in Memphis. And with my height, I was hardly ten feet of the Beale….

God’s Own Country (and Western)

DAY 5 – 24th MARCH A relatively early start today for the 400 mile drive to Memphis. After my earlier experiences with driving from the airport, I wasn’t especially looking forward to it. But Axel’s looked after the hire car well – and I drive it from the car park to the front of the hotel….

Meet the locals – a Crash Course in New Orleans

DAY 4 – 23rd MARCH I mean, who does a party like New Orleans on a Tuesday, or was it Wednesday? No, that was Tuesday. Anyway, it’s my final day in town and I think I’ve finally worked out the layout. I take the streetcar back down St Charles Street and walk four blocks to…

Street Car to Crazy Bar

DAY THREE – 22 MARCH 2011 So after a lazy early morning I decided to do some exploring, and did some of the main tourist sites in the French Quarter. Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral are both pretty enough, but it’s the afternoon that provides the real treat. The St Charles streetcar is the…

Jet Lag City

TUESDAY 22nd MARCH – NEW ORLEANS So after two beers last night I was ready for bed, but bed wasn’t ready for me, and neither was the French Quarter in New Orleans. Despite being a full two blocks away, I could clearly hear the DJ in Cat’s Meow karaoke bar introducing  singers until about 1.30am….

From the Long Haul to the Big Easy

DAY 2 – 21 MARCH 2011 This has had to be one of the longest days of my life – and I’m not just talking jetlag and time zones here, but they certainly come into the picture. It starts at 6am with a quick shower and an even quicker continental breakfast at the Heathrow Arora,…

Latitude, Longitude and Boredom

The Compass Centre – it conjours up images of latitude and longitude meeting – a fitting place to start a Great Journey. Or rather it did in my imagination when I booked a room at the Heathrow Aurora Hotel. I’d decided to start my trip in relative luxury – opting for four star accommodation rather…