August 26, 2011

Longwood, Natchez

Longwood, Natchez

Longwood is not only unique for being the biggest octogonal house in the USA. It is also unique because it was never finished. In 1859 the rich cotton planter Dr. Haller Nutt had architect Samual Sloan design a new home for him in Natchez, MS. Unlike many other plantation mansions in the area it was [...]

August 25, 2011

The Cabin Restaurant

The Cabin Restaurant

There are not many slave cabins left at the old plantations. In fact there were none at the couple of plantations that I visited. So to get the full picture I visited the Cabin Restaurant in Burnside, which is based in an old slave cabin that was moved from a plantation to its present location. [...]

August 25, 2011

Nottoway UPDATED

Nottoway UPDATED

My reason to visit Nottoway was primarily to see the Greek Revival and Italianate style architecture designed by Henry Howard of New Orleans. The “White Castle” was completed in 1859 for John Hampden Randolph and his wife, Emily Jane Liddell Randolph. It became the home to them and their eleven children! The mansion, which is [...]

August 24, 2011

Oak Alley Plantation UPDATED

Oak Alley Plantation UPDATED

I went by Oak Alley Plantation as I just had to snap that familiar image of the mansion at the end of the alley. I also toured the building escorted by a lady dressed up in a gown from back in the day, when the mansion was in its heyday. On the guided tour you [...]

August 21, 2011

Elvis’ birthplace & museum

Elvis’ birthplace & museum

I had not really expected much, but the Elvis Presley birthplace & museum in Tupelo, MS is definitely worth a visit! The museum is not that big and there is not a huge collection of artifacts, which belonged to Elvis or his family. There are some suits and other items though. But the museum does [...]

August 18, 2011

Sun Studio – my first recordings!

Sun Studio – my first recordings!

In Memphis I became inspired to do a major career move in a more creative direction. I recorded my first two songs at the legendary Sun Studio! Sun Studio is a must if you are in Memphis, since it is the birthplace of Rock & Roll. Sam Philips, who I had the pleasure of meeting [...]

August 18, 2011

Let me hear from you!

Let me hear from you!

I have met a lot of great people on my road trip. I regret that I have not collected email addresses and sometimes I forget my business cards. I love the feedback – and not least getting the pictures that new friends sometimes have taken – when I have been taken a break from photography [...]

August 16, 2011

Bling for the King (video)

Bling for the King (video)

While in Memphis I had the pleasure of meeting Elvis Presley’s personal friend and jeweler, Mr. Lowell Hays. Maybe you have heard the slogan that “before anybody did anything, Elvis did everything”. That certainly applied to Elvis’ use of jewelry. He was the “king of bling” long before the rappers got into that fashion. And [...]

August 16, 2011

Elvis Week – Graceland UPDATED

Elvis Week – Graceland UPDATED

Memphis and Elvis Presley’s Graceland was originally not on my schedule for this trip. I had been there and done that more than 20 years ago. But a good friend convinced me to go, and since I had the opportunity to visit coinciding with the events of “Elvis Week”, why not? From a personal point [...]

August 14, 2011

Beale Street, Memphis

Beale Street, Memphis

Beale Street in Memphis is home to the flippers – and the blues. At night the police keep the place in a tight grip as the party gets going. Story is coming up about my experiences on Beale…

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