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French Quater To finish

New Orleans - Mississippi Louisiana Swamp Tour (Monday, Sep 17, from and to dock: 12.00 - 14.15). Alligators and swamp wildlife for a couple of hours! Already confirmed.
New Orleans - post-Katrina boat tour out to (Tuesday, Sep 18, from and to dock: 12.00 - 15.00). Unbooked as yet, but am definitely going on this one.


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Fiddlers Inn , 2410 Music Valley Drive




Nashville - 7-hour day trip by coach to Lynchburg (Thursday, Sep 20, from and to hotel, 08.30-9.00 am to 16.00 - 16.30 pm). Rural Tennessee. And a tour of the JD distillery. To Finish


The history of MusicCity began with humble beginnings. In the 1930's Jimmy Rodgers grabbed a guitar and started singing, someone started recording and soon afterward Jimmy realized his fame. Since then, Nashville has seen a steady stream of people with the same dreams and desires and they all seem to find their beginnings on Lower Broad.

Our tour starts at 5th Ave. South and Broadway at The Nashville Tourism Bureau, located within the Nashville Arena, home to the Nashville Predators and host to many Nashville events and concerts.

Here you will find Tourism information and all the Brochures detailing the many attractions that Nashville has to offer. Make sure that you grab your free maps of Nashville, complete with coupons.

First Part of 4th Ave South Block at Broadway

As we leave the Nashville Arena and cross 5th Ave, we have many fine eateries such as Rippy's Smokin Bar and Grill, Maggie McGees and Wolfy's Restaurant.

All three offer fine food, drinks and big screen TVs to watch the game. Choosing between the three is very difficult indeed.

Last Part of 4th Ave South Block at Broadway

For upscale dining we have Merchants Restaurant, offering mouthwatering American dishes with class.

For fine Mexican and Italian flavors we have Casa Grande and Sam Boni's Pizzeria, also on this block we have two record stores, the famous Ernest Tubb Records and Lawrence Records both offer cassettes, records and CDs of all your favorite artists.

3rd Ave South Block at Broadway

First Service Merchandise Store Later The Nascar Cafe and then The Red Iguana. (Now Vacant)

As we cross 4th Ave. we have Flag World, offering flags and banners of anything you could possibly imagine.

We also have Harley Holt Furniture Co., one of Nashville's oldest furniture outlets. The Building has been home to several different night clubs over the last several years.

Our last building of interest on this block now sits vacant, offering no clues of its past prominence, but it was here in 1969 that Harry Zimmerman started the first of a string of Catalog Showrooms, formerly known as Service Merchandise Co.

2nd Ave South Block To RiverfrontPark at Broadway

RiverfrontPark with LP Field across the river, in the background

Upon crossing 3rd Avenue, we have The Liquid Lounge, providing Honky-Tonking and plenty of atmosphere.

We also have Broadway Gifts, one of the many places downtown to buy that special Nashville memento, or just plain cheesy ashtray.

Two clothiers finish out this block, Kelly's Western World and Trail West, both offering duds and accessories to bring out the cowboy or cowgirl in us all.

As we cross 2nd Ave., we have The Big River Bar and Grill, You will be lucky if you can muster up the will power to smell the aromas of their cooking and be able to pass them by.

We finish out the block with the Old Acme Feed Store, a turn of the century establishment, which sold many a bag of grain before the more localized Co-op, and Tractor Supply stores were ever thought of.

At 1st and Broad we have Nashville's RiverfrontPark, An outlet for summer concerts, unbelievable 4th of July fireworks and a docking area for The General Jackson Riverboat, which offers paddle wheel excursions on the Cumberland River.

First part of 1st Ave North Block at Broadway

Silver Dollar Saloon at 2nd Ave North & Broadway.

As we walk back across 1st Ave. we have The Hard Rock Cafe located in the old Philips and QuarlesHardwareBuilding and the extra old SilverDollarSaloonBuilding. which has seen a variety of businesses in its storied career, everything from a Saloon to a Bookstore to a Giftshop.

Last part of 1st Ave North Block at Broadway

Hard Rock Cafe, formerly Phillips and Quarles Hardware Store.

The Hard Rock Cafe offers a very palatable diner and of course the ever popular Hard Rock -Nashville T-shirt.

You will not be able to miss the extra large mural of a Gibson Les Paul Guitar that is painted on the front of the Hard Rock Cafe.

2nd Ave North Block at Broadway

400 Block of Broadway with Cotton Eye Joe's in the background. The The People in the car are Jake Bush sitting on back seat and Duke "The Bush Beans Dog".

Jan Duke

As we leave the 100 Block area of Lower Broad, we cross 2nd Ave, and enter our next block; Here we have Cotton Eyed Joes, providing Dining, Dancing, and Drinking, the perfect place to wear your western outfits and enjoy some Boot-scooting Country Music.

3rd & 4th Avenue Blocks at Broadway

4th avenue & Broadway. The Buildings in the background are the BellSouthTower (BatBuilding) & the Headquarters of CMT. (Country Music Television)

As we cross 3rd Ave., within this block we have Bogeys Bar offering Good Food, Drinks and Live Entertainment.

Hatch Show Print also has its home on this block. Hatch Show Print is a small print shop that employs the techniques of the Old Print Masters. They produce concert and event posters using old letterpresses of the 1940's.

As we cross 4th Ave., and enter our final block We first come to Gruhn Guitars. They sell, appraise and repair Vintage American Guitars. It is owned and operated by Guitar Authority George Gruhn. For food on this block, you absolutely must try some of Jacks excellent Bar -B-Cue.

It is within this block that you will find most of the Lower Broad Honky-Tonks.

We have Legends, 2nd Fiddle, The Stage, Baileys, Roberts Bluegrass and the Queen of Honky-Tonks" Tootsies Orchid Lounge", one of Nashville's oldest Honky-Tonks.

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Tootsies Orchid Lounge. One of Nashville's oldest Honky-tonks.

As our tour comes to a close I hope you will make the trip to Nashville and see the sights for yourself.

I cannot truly convey the Scenery, the Enticing Aromas of the Restaurants or the Sounds of Raw Country Music emanating from the many Bars and venues along Lower Broad.

Whether you're coming to Nashville with a Guitar and a Dream or Itching to see the Roots of Country Music, Nashville is Sure to Please. We'll see ya when ya get here!


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Elvis Presley Heartbreak hotel




Memphis restaurants from EP Heartbreak Hotel, 3677 EP Boulevard.

(1) choice of restaurants and drinking places on the strip within about 10-15 mins walk / no taxis:


Little Caesar's Pizza

4130 Elvis Presley Blvd


(i) Captain D's Seafood Restaurant

4340 Elvis Presley Blvd

(ii) Yum's Restaurant

4571 Elvis Presley Blvd


Debos Buffalo Wings & Things

4407 Elvis Presley Blvd

Steak Houses

Gridiron Restaurants

4101 Elvis Presley Blvd

(2) Downtown Memphis:

Alfred’s on Beale

197 Beale St. at Third

B.B. King’s Club

143 Beale Street

Cafe 61

85 S 2nd St – a part of Highway 61 from Canada to New Orleans

Flying Fish

105 S 2nd St


(brunch on Sunday 12 - 4 and live music from 4 – 7)

between Union Avenue and Gayoso Avenue on Main Street

Grill 83

83 Madison Avenue / intersection South Centre Lane

(3) Backups:

Automatic Slim's Tonga Club / South Second Street, (at Union Avenue)

Expect hip décor and great food at this restaurant, which serves up tasty Caribbean and Southwestern dishes. Sit at the bar and have one of the many flavors of martinis. The best seats, though, are by the window (with a view of the Peabody) and on the mezzanine. As for the food, the Voodoo Stew is a standout, with big chunks of seafood in a lusty sauce. Other specialties include the Coyote Chips—potato chips with a red pepper sauce—as well as the Coconut Mango Shrimp and the various polenta dishes. The lunch menu features large sandwiches such as salmon on sourdough bread.

Buckley's Fine Filet Grill / Union Avenue (at Second Street)

Down the street from the Peabody Hotel with a reputation for excellent food, this locally owned restaurant is the place for anyone looking for a nice meal. The Buckley's Fillet is the specialty. This eight ounce tenderloin steak is grilled with garlic butter and served with garlic mashed potatoes. A variety of pastas and salads is also on offer. Top off your meal with Granny Buckley's Apple Pie served with ice cream. The atmosphere is cozy and the service is friendly. You can sit and watch the people walking down Union. Banquet facilities are available.

Blue Monkey / 12 Madison Avenue (at Morrison)

This bar with an interesting name is in a great location for a night out. A block west of Overton Square and close to many restaurants-you can stop in for a beer and listen to live music after an evening at the theater or a dinner out. The Blue Monkey offers 35 different brands of beer and several wines. You can snack on one of their pizzas, calzones or sandwiches. Pizzas range from $8.25-$11.75; calzones from $5.95-$6.25; sandwiches from $4.95-$5.75.

Texas de Brazil Churrascaria Peabody Place, No 103

This popular restaurant serves up delicacies, such as Angus Beef Steak, Brazilian Sausage, and Roasted Australian Cold Water Lobster Tail Served with Drawn Butter. The meat is cooked over an open flame, and the waiters carry the roasted items straight to your table on skewers, before carving out the slices. Generous portions and a skilled, efficient staff add to the appeal of the place.

Butcher Shop Steakhouse (The) / South Front Street (at Gayoso)

The chefs here are experts on the difference between medium and medium-well. Or, cook your steak yourself. The menu is limited to steak and a few other items including chicken, salmon and pork chops. Baked potato, creamed spinach and sauteed mushrooms are sides. Appetizers include Cajun Sauteed Shrimp and Spinach & Artichoke Dip. After your meal, indulge in such delights as Sizzling Apple Pie, Homemade Cheesecake and Chocolate Thunder Brownie. A children's menu is available. The atmosphere is simple and casual with a dark interior with wooden floors, large tables and comfortable seating.

Outback Steakhouse / 55 Union Ave

Take in the atmosphere of the Australian Outback while enjoying mouth-watering entrees and high-quality service. Serving dinner only, Outback Steakhouse offers an extensive menu featuring appetizers, chicken, ribs, steak, seafood, pasta, salads and desserts for moderate prices. Family-friendly, the casual restaurant has something for everyone at its numerous locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Outback Steakhouse also offers call-ahead seating and curbside take-away. Check website for locations and menu selections.

MLK Memphis – National Civil RightsMuseum

450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN

Beale / S 2nd Street, head south (15 mins)

Bear right, continue one block along St Martin St (3 mins)

Right at Huling Avenue (2 mins)

Left at Mulberry St. (2 mins)

Hours of Operation:

Closed on Tuesdays


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

* Free Time (Mondays):

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

* Free Periods are not extended when a holiday falls on a Monday. On these days, regular admission rates apply all day.


1 p.m. – 5 p.m.