Our journey took us through Jackson, the Capital City of Mississippi, which was named after President Andrew Jackson. In the 1960's Jackson was a hot bed of activity during the Civil Rights Movement. We stopped for lunch, calling in a cute little drug store
to pick up sandwiches and a milk shake to eat outside in the sunshine,
before resuming our journey towards Memphis, Tennessee, for a three night stay at Days Inn on Elvis Presley Blvd, right opposite Graceland itself!
This was our room
The television had three channels devoted to Elvis films which were shown 24 hours a day! The hotel boasted a guitar shaped swimming pool too.
and Reception was full of Elvis memorabilia.
As we were approaching the hotel Alice, our tour director, told us places to eat in the area and we were intrigued to hear that a nearby restaurant, Marlowe's,
would send a pink cadillac to collect and return diners, all you had to do was tell hotel reception what time you wanted to be picked up. Well of course we couldn't miss an opportunity like that could we?
Another couple from our tour shared the caddy with us and we had a lovely evening in their company enjoying great food
in interesting surroundings, listening to a guy, Scott McDonald, singing Elvis songs whilst we ate, you can listen to him here,
before being driven back to the hotel in the Pink Cadillac!
It had been a long day, we had travelled 360 miles, and we were tired, so we retired to our room and as we were in Elvisland we just had to watch one of his films on TV before we fell asleep and dreamt of visiting his birthplace, Tupelo, the following day.
I hope you'll join me for that little adventure and much more in Dixieland Part 6, coming soon.
Read Dixieland Part One here.
Read Dixieland Part Two here.
Read Dixieland Part Three here.
Read Dixieland Part Four here.