Paul’s American Adventure – Part 3

Published July 25th, 2012

From the bright lights of Vegas we set off on our road trip from Memphis through to Miami. It's around 1200 miles in total (1931km), so we broke it up into stages. Memphis to New Orleans, then to Orlando and finally Miami!


Meet Sally, our Mustang! Isn't she sexy!

Our Mustang Sally

Firstly, meet Sally, our sexy convertible Mustang! Yes, I know, named after the song - we're creative with names. Somehow, the GPS got named Sally too, not sure how that happened. I've always wanted to hire a convertible Mustang, so this was the ideal time. Not my first pick for colour, but I'm not complaining.


Memphis is all about visiting Elvis' home and gravesite, Gracelands. Very touristy, but it had to be done. I can't say that I've ever been a massive Elvis fan (except perhaps the impersonators in Vegas), but I can definitely appreciate the genius behind his music. His home was pretty cool, well before its time, with some pretty funky gadgets and rooms. Amazing what he achieved.







From Memphis, we endured a long and somewhat tedious drive through the countryside. To be honest, there wasn't a lot to see or do out there, so we spent a good portion of the trip singing along to Elvis classics. The radio was virtually non-stop Elvis songs!
After a long, hard drive into the night, we finally arrived in New Orleans. We like to live on the edge (a little bit) so had decided to just wing it on this one with accommodation. Unfortunately for us, we were arriving in the middle of a four day, city wide music festival called Essence Fest. Needless to say, we struggled to find any suitable hotels close to the central party district. After a marathon of phone calls, we finally found a place with a spare room. It was a little more than we were hoping to spend, but hey - it was available! After unpacking and freshening up, we headed out on the town.


The crowds in New Orleans

The crowds in New Orleans



Once out, we realised just how amazing New Orleans is. Literally every pub, club and bar boasts some kind of drink special. The people of New Orleans obviously like their music too. I'm sure you've heard about the parades and music culture, but you can't really grasp it until you've experienced it firsthand. There are little jazz bands on every second corner and they are incredible – certainly not just your typical buskers.


The next morning we decided to see the city by day. The French and Garden districts were very nice and we managed to find some amazing places to eat. There’s so much happening in New Orleans and nothing seems overly touristy. After a few more nights of exploring the city and enjoying the party atmosphere, it was time to hit the road again!


Onward to Orlando – more to come!


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Paul Ellender

I've had the privilege of travelling the world and experiencing a variety of cultures. Whether trekking through the jungle in Thailand or crunching down on a baguette in Paris, I'm always looking to experience life like the locals do it. Follow me - @PEllender | Google+ | LinkedIn | Pinterest