Monday 22 February 2016 9.27pm
But America is so much vast huge then UK. I considered one day going to Memphis but heard bad stories about it, but an american friend said its fine there like anywhere else. I think its certain areas streets. Here the next block is literally next door, I think in USA it could be like 10 miles away or more in some places. Just guessing. I had two aunts years ago lived New York but lived 800 miles apart from each other.
Memphis is a great place, I was there 8 or 9 years ago, with the guy I was involved with then, plus my brother and sister-in-law.
We stayed in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, to the east.
We drove from Atlanta GA.
I had insisted on flying into there, as I knew that they had pandas in Zoo Atlanta, and I am nuts about pandas.
En route my brother wanted to visit Tupelo MS., birthplace of Elvis Presley, then make a tour of Gracelands, Elvis's home in Memphis, but my guy wasn't interested in Presley, so he dropped us off at Gracelands, went and checked us in at our hotel, then came back for us.
The buzzing part of the city is around Riverside Drive and Beale Street, lots of bars with live music and happy crowds.
An elderly black guy in the street said to me, "Gimme a dollar sweet cheeks, and Ah'll sing y'all a song."
I gave him a picture of Abe Lincoln, ($5 bill), and he followed us for 20 or more minutes, belting out Isley Brothers classics.
Before we left Memphis, we drove across the Hernando de Soto bridge, which carries the I.40 from Tennessee to Arkansas, just to say we'd been to another state, which made 18 of the lower 48 for me.
Re your aunts in New York State, you may wish to check that mileage, about the farthest north you can go from NYC is Massena, just below the Canadian border, 360 miles, if you aimed for Toronto, Can., you'd drive up to Buffalo, around 370 miles from NYC.
Take care Ladywriter.