Streetcar has common links in history on St Charles Avenue

History in New Orleans

St Charles Avenue Streetcar New Orleans

Two historic cars on the St Charles Avenue line

The St Charles Avenue Streetcar, continuously operating in New Orleans since 1835, is the oldest working streetcar line in the world. Hop aboard and clickety-clack in historical style to the French Quarter, the setting for Vieux Carré, a semi-autobiographical Tennessee Williams play. Lauded as one of America’s best playwrights, he regarded New Orleans as his spiritual town.

A Streetcar Named Desire, an acclaimed Broadway play by Tennessee Williams, was based on the NOLA streetcar route on Desire Street. It ran through the Bywater District and back on Canal Street.

While the Desire line has been gone a long time, you can visit and participate in the upcoming Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival in 2020.

When you visit New Orleans, be sure to take this ride and enjoy a bit of history.

 

 

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Walking in Memphis in the summer of 2019

Walking in Memphis Home of the Blues

When we were walking in Memphis in the summer of 2019, we didn’t put on blue suede shoes and we landed in the land of the Delta Blues by car. Fortunately, it didn’t rain on us in Memphis in the summer of 2019.

We walked on Beale, saw the ghost of Elvis, and followed him through the gates of Graceland. We hovered ‘round his tomb and waited for the King down in the Jungle Room.

We had catfish on the table and got gospel with Reverend Al Green. We missed Friday in Hollywood, but that’s for the next time we walk in Memphis.

 

Adapted lyrics from Marc Cohn’s song, “Walking in Memphis.”

 

Walking in Memphis

Marc Cohn

“Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
W.C. Handy, won’t you look down over me
Yeah, I got a first class ticket
But I’m as blue as a boy can be
Then I’m walking in Memphis
Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel?
Saw the ghost of Elvis
On Union Avenue
Followed him up to the gates of Graceland
Then I watched him walk right through
Now security they did not see him
They just hovered ’round his tomb
But there’s a pretty little thing
Waiting for the King
Down in the Jungle Room
When I was walking in Memphis
I was walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel?
They’ve got catfish on the table
They’ve got gospel in the air
And Reverend Green be glad to see you
When you haven’t got a prayer
But, boy, you’ve got a prayer in Memphis
Now Muriel plays piano
Every Friday at the Hollywood
And they brought me down to see her
And they asked me if I would
Do a little number
And I sang with all my might
She said
“Tell me are you a Christian child?”
And I said “Ma’am, I am tonight”
Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
Was walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
But do I really feel the way I feel?
Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
I was walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
(Walking in Memphis)
But do I really feel the way I feel?
Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain”
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Marc Cohn
Walking in Memphis lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Puglia Italy is dining style at Enzo’s in Portland Oregon

Puglia Italy is the traditional dining style at Enzo’s in Portland, Oregon

Puglia, Italy style pasta asparagus and mushrooms

Learn more about how people eat in Puglia Italy at TheYums.com.

“You will undoubtedly feel like a guest in an Italian family home at Enzo’s Caffe Italiano, whether you are dining outdoors in their intimate patio or inside the cozy dining room.”

 

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Guide to using Booking dot com for travel reservations

Here’s a guide for using Booking.com for your travel reservations

Guide on how to use Booking.com for your travel reservations

From LesBoutiqueHotels.com. “You are about to book your hotel and wondering if Booking.com is a good website to book with? Welcome to our extended booking.com review. This is an insider guide on how reliable is Booking.com, and a few things to know before you go ahead with your reservation.”

 

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Enormous Chicken and Dumplings are the real thing

Enormous fluffy dumplings at Tad’s Chicken ‘n Dumplins at the front door to the Columbia River Gorge. Read more about it at TheYums.com

Enormous chicken and dumplings meal

“Chicken and dumplings with fluffy pillows of giant dumplings crown a tureen of tender, savory poultry. If you want a meal like Grandma made in the 1940s, Tad’s Chicken ‘n Dumplins is an ideal stop on your trip to the Columbia River Gorge.” TheYums.com

 

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Adventures on the Louisiana Bayou by airboat

Adventures by airboat makes a thrilling experience on the Louisiana bayou.  Read more about it at hbcoutdoors.

Adventures by airboat speeding on the bayou

“High-Speed Adventure in the Mississippi Delta

On a hot and sultry afternoon, I boarded an airboat for a swamp tour guaranteed to be an adventure on the Louisiana bayou. Up until this experience, I had only seen photographs of Spanish moss-covered trees and murky swamp water in the Mississippi Delta. I was concerned about getting outdoors and perhaps real-life mishaps with alligators and poisonous snakes.”  HBCoutdoors

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