05.09.2010 - 06.09.2010 36 °C
This morning I did a tour of the city, saw the Mississippi, the third longest river in the world and went down Beale St, one of their main tourist attractions that also has their blues clubs etc. At their Tourist Centre that have two great statues....of both their kings The King of Rock Elivis Presley and the king of Blues BB King, its amazing to think that they both came from memphis, also saw the school that Elvis went to and the house that he lived in when he lived with his Mum and Dad.
Memphis is one of the leaders in medical research and boasts 15 major hospitals and all up the health industry employs around 16,000. Danny Thomas the comedian has donated a lot of money to research into childhood diseases and their is a hospital that has been established through his funding and children from all over the world with incurable diseases come here to get treatment and in the majority of cases are unable to pay and this is all covered through his contributions, some people really go all out to make a difference.
We had lunch in one of the clubs and I had Catfish...first time I have tried it but tasted good, it came with chips and salad and I am going to have to eat very healthy when I get home am having way too much fried stuff even for tea tonight I thought I would have some crispy beans as a starter, sounded good and I thought it would be a small bean salad, when it comes it is beans that have been dipped in batter and then deep fried, I have to say they tasted great but the fat omg.
Also went to gracelands this afternoon and for any Elvis fan it is a fantastic experience and when you are watching the clips and videos, listening to his music it is almost like he is there, well you know what I mean, the tour is quite extensive and you can stay pretty much as long as you like as long as you don't record or use any flash photography, it is so well done without being over top.
On the tour of memphis we also went to the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, it is quite a chilling expereince, the motel is no longer a motel but has been converted into a museum, however in the process of converting to a museum a lot of the homeless people were put out in the street. The motel never really recovered from King being assassinated there and so closed and was used as a shelter byy the homeless. However what Iam getting to is that there is a woman wha has protested since the day they were removed (22300+ days) and she has been there come rain or shine because she believed that that is what Martin Luther King would have wanted rather than have it used as a museum in his honour...so I did give her a few dollars simply beacuse she stuck to what she believed and didn't give up., she has given me the website address which I will have a look at when I get home.
Overall a great day