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Photos: On the road from Memphis to Nashville, from Elvis to Johnny Cash

These photos are long overdue. It’s already been 3 months since we came back from our road trip in the Deep South of the USA. We spent most of our time in New Orleans and the Cajun Country of Louisiana, but we also road tripped over through the whole state of Mississippi and on to the cities of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee.

Here are some of the photos of our short time (2 1/2 days) traveling through the two cities with major musical history.

Beale street Memphis Tennessee_A Storytelling Home

Beale Street, Downtown Memphis

Days Inn Graceland Elvis Presley Memphis_A Storytelling Home

Elvis is everywhere

Days Inn Graceland guitar pool_A storytelling Home

Guitar shaped pool at the Days Inn Graceland

Days Inn graceland Memphis_A Storytelling Home

Lobby at Days Inn Graceland

Elvis Presley grave Graceland Memphis_ A Storytelling Home

Elvis Presley’s grave, Graceland

Graceland basement Memphis_A storytelling home

The basement TV room at Graceland

Graceland Memphis Tennessee fall 2013_A Storytelling Home

Graceland, quite a small home for such a rich man. We felt like we were visiting the Mecca for fans of Elvis Presley.

Lorraine Motel room 306 Memphis Tennessee_A Storytelling Home

Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in front of room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis

Lorraine Motel sign Memphis Tennessee_A Storytelling Home

We didn’t get as many pictures in Nashville because it was pouring rain during the majority of our time spent there. However, we didn’t let that dampen our spirits! We did manage to go to the Country music hall of fame, the Frist center for the visual arts, Third Man Records, Mas Tacos and we went out for a concert.

Nashville The Family Wash_ Ben Cameron and friends_A storytelling Home

Ben Cameron and Friends playing at The Family Wash in East Nashville

Nashville country music hall of fame_ A storytelling home

Display at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Johnny Cash guitar Nashville Country music hall of fame_A storytelling Home

Johnny Cash’s guitar, Country Music hall of fame

New Orleans, let the good times roll

There’s something about New Orleans. The city’s marching to the beat of a different drummer and it’s up to you to catch up to the rhythm and join the parade. Like they say, let the good times roll!

Bourbon street

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Late fall in New York City

We just came back from an epic two week trip that took us to New York City, Long Island, New Orleans, the Cajun country, Memphis and Nashville. I’ll be posting photos right here over the next few days.

Brooklyn bridge New York city skyline empire state building

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Photo: the colorful streets of Toulouse, France

Toulouse, France

Toulouse is a beautiful city in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France. Nicknamed La Ville Rose for the fading color of the red brick walls widely used across the city, Toulouse is a great place to visit. The rich architectural heritage, the tasty charcuteries and the friendly population are three aspects that make this an interesting destination during a trip to France.

I was lucky to mingle with locals by using couchsurfing as an accomodation. My host brought me along to a film screening in a squat in the downtown area and took me out for drinks with her lovely friends. I was also there during the Fête de la musique (World Music day) so it was fun to see the whole city engulfed by such a festive spirit!

Untapped Montreal: what I’ve been writing about in the last few months

Here’s a new update on the cool things I’ve been writing about for Untapped Cities, as city correspondent for Montreal:

Benito Mussolini Madonna della difesa Montreal

Something most Montrealers don’t know: there’s a church in Montreal’s Little Italy that still features a fresco representing Benito Mussolini:

http://untappedcities.com/2013/10/21/why-is-benito-mussolini-featured-church-fresco-montreal/

Candi bar restroom

A fun list compiling 8 of the quirkiest bar and restaurant restrooms in Montreal

http://untappedcities.com/2013/10/14/montreal-8-quirky-restaurant-bar-restrooms-urinette-nightclub-bathroom-urinette-nightclub-bathroom/

Megaphone Montréal

Local multimedia firm Moment Factory created an installation in downtown which mixes public speaking with modern technologies and the social media aesthetic.

http://untappedcities.com/2013/09/20/megaphone-an-art-installation-in-montreal-that-revives-public-speaking/

Dominique Blain Diorama_Underground city Montreal_Untapped Cities_Lea Plourde-Archer

A guide to discovering Montreal’s fascinating Underground city.

http://untappedcities.com/2013/09/03/guide-to-montreal-underground-city/

Charlevoix montreal metro Mario Merola_Untapped Cities_Lea Plourde-Archer

This piece also touches on Montreal’s underground, focusing on my 10 favorite art installations in the Montreal metro system. This has been by far my most popular article ever.

http://untappedcities.com/2013/08/21/top-10-art-installations-montreal-metro-system/