Monday, 24 November 2008

Home at last....

After a very long day and some very broken sleep,am back at home in Chatteris (hello neighbours!),myself and Lenny are relaxing and enjoying our new souvenirs and a nice English cup of tea.This is not the end of my travels though.A trip to Hamburg is the next port of call in December followed by a trip to Ireland sometime in January.The name of the blog may need to change but who cares....Travel will be my salvation (and a place in the Champions League please Mr.O'Neill),there is a whole world to look at - it's about time I started looking at it.

Thank You to everyone who shared my trip - I was thinking about you all - occasionally!

Coming next......Hamburg.

Cast of thousands - all right then lots!

Thank You to all the following - you all made my trip the most memorable ever - clink on the link to listen to Neil Diamond's "America" (below)

Memphis :
The Heartbreak Hotel and all it's staff
Elvis Presley Enterprises for allowing us in to pay our respects to Elvis
Elvis Presley
The Doubletree Hilton Hotel,Memphis
Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks basketball teams
Backbeat Tours of Memphis
"Memphis Jackson" - what a tour that was!
All the bartenders on Beale Street
Britney - barmaid at The Flying Saucer bar,Memphis (remember the picture?)
New York City:
Rumours bar on 8th Avenue
All the people I met there - (from a blurred memory!) - Andy,Gary and Fran - bar staff,Robert from North Carolina,Sharon and daughters from Belfast,Kate from London (up the toffees!),Beverly Falk from New York City and countless others!
Michael Robinson and Tim Sohn ex Kings College.
Keith,Elise and Molene
Vijay and Heather
Hotel Grand Union,East 32nd Street
The Empire State Building - my second favourite building in the world (my first favourite?...Up The Villa!!)
Officer Doughty of the NYPD
The Brooklyn Bridge
And finally The New York Giants.
I have probably missed someone out but rest assured anyone or anything I came into contact with made my whole journey memorable.

A place to enjoy

This is the bar on 8th Avenue that I frequented the most during my trip.
Rumours shows seven screens of whatever sports are on offer,good food and probably the most fantastic bar staff in New York City.
One night I was all the way Downtown and dedcided to get the Subway all the way up to 53rd just to get to this bar.
I managed to meet lots of great people there from all over the USA and Europe - obviously word has got round about this place.
It will officially be my first port of call on (hopefully) all future visits to New York.
As you can see,the drinks were flowing and I spent my last few hours here on my last day.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Circle of Manhattan

There is an excellent tour you can do by boat.
The Circle line will take you right around the City of New York and gives you a running commentary at the same time.The Commentary was done by a native New Yorker whose attitude was spot on and very very real life!
Ellis Island,The Statue of Liberty and pics of the City are there to be had in vast numbers!
It looks nice and sunny on the river there doesn't it? Let me tell you that it was absolutely freezing out there but highly enjoyable.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is another icon associated with New York.
It is a busy road bridge connecting to (funnily enough) Brooklyn.
There is also a walkway over the bridge which takes around 15-20 mins to get over.
There are some great shots of New York City from there - especially when you walk back in the dark.Unfortunately my camera isn't the greatest so the night shots were very few and far between - hopefully I'll be able to get a friend to email some night shots - her camera so much better than mine!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Night Life

Wandering around New York City in the early hours is interesting too.
The people you meet are great and I feel very safe here.
Officer Dougherty was very friendly and allowed me to take a couple of pictures right before she arrested me for being drunk in charge of a camera!

The Tourist Trap

No trip to New York would be complete without a trip up to The Empire State Building.
The views are incredible and it is VERY cold up there.
Unfortunately Meg Ryan didn't show up but as you can see I did meet another bird whilst up there!
The United Nations alongside the East River was also interesting and well worth a visit if anyone has plans to come here.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Times Square and nights out with new friends

Times Square is legendary.Night time is when it comes alive with all the neon and the noise.
No matter what time of day,there is still busy traffic going up and down Broadway.
Away from that,I met an old friend of mine from Kings College,Michael,who took me to Katzs' Deli which is where Meg Ryan faked her orgasm in "When Harry met Sally".Amazing sandwiches - I ended up taking mine back to my hotel and ate it at 5am this morning!
After that,we had a few beers and met up with another Kings College old boy,Tim.
He brought some friends with him who were great fun to be with - Keith,Elise and Molene (sorry if I've spelt that wrong!). Never did get to the Empire State building,but it will definitely happen later on today - if I'm awake in enough time to take in the England v Germany game as well that is!

Daviiiiiid Letterman !!!

The David Letterman show is legendary viewing on US TV.
I was lucky enough to get a ticket.One of the guests was Carla Bruni.
To see her appearance click on this link - make sure your speakers are on....
President elect Obama wasn't on the show but I thought I'd show it you anyway to show the pulling power of this show.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Family Stateside

Met up with someone who I guess could be called my brother - Vijay and his girlfriend Heather.
We had a wonderful meal in a Brazillian restraunt and a few beers in midtown New York.
After they left I again called in to a few bars and watched the Cleveland Browns beat the Buffalo Bills.
Listening to a jukebox playing Elvis and Frank Sinatra in the middle of the night is great stuff!
Am off to the David Letterman show later which I am very excited about.
Tomorrows pictures will feature shots taken from The Empire State Building - if I'm lucky,maybe Meg Ryan will show up!

Monday, 17 November 2008

New York

Have got to New York and to be honest,my feet have barely touched the ground - I had forgotten what a crazy city this is!
Yesterday I achieved a long time ambition of mine to go and see the New York Giants play at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.
People actually go to the stadium car park and just hang out - and they don't actually go to the game.I forget the name of this past time but they really seem to be enjoying themselves!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

The Last Word.....

.........very simply is.........

Speak to you from New York.

Last Day in Memphis

The last day here took in the MOJO tour by Backbeat tours once again.
This time you got on an old bus and "Memphis" Jackson talked to the passengers about Memphis and the musical history of it.
During the talk and the sights,he played his guitar and sang songs - one of the most entertaining tours I have ever been on.
The trip included a stop off at the famous Sun Studios.
Whilst all this music and talk was going on,Lonny the bus driver happily sang away and passed various comments of his own.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Martin Luther King

Memphis is where The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King was shot and killed in 1968.
A visit to the American Civil Rights Museum is essential whilst here.
It follows the history of the rights of African Americans through the ages.
The museum is based in the motel where Doctor King was actually shot - The Lorraine Motel.
You can stand where he was shot and look out across the street to where the shot was fired from - an eerie but touching moment.
You can actually feel the emotions of sadness but also feel inspired by his legacy.