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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Follow aMemphisTraveler Blog at the New Address

Remember, if you haven't already, be sure to follow aMemphisTraveler at it's new address:  so you won't miss any of the travel tips and ideas as well as any other ramblings I come up with along the way.  Such as this one passing along some survival tips and inspirational thoughts from Bear Grylls. 


Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year - New Web Address

This will actually be my last post.  I just wanted to post one more reminder that the blog is moving.

Thank you so much for visiting.

I have created a new address on which all future posts will be published.

Please visit to continue to be informed about all things travel, outdoors, books, food, style, southern culture and Memphis.

Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Thanks again and happy travels and Happy New Year!

I will see you at:


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas Travelers! 

I hope everyone had a good one.  I got to see a very rare White Christmas, which was exciting.  I'm just glad it didn't cause me the headaches it is causing other travelers this week.

I just got a chance to look through my newest National Geographic magazine (always a good source of new 'life-list" destinations) and found this great photo of people dressed up as St. Nicholas leading Krampus, a "mythical Alpine mischief maker" in Bavaria (Germany).

And Happy New Year!

One of my favorite travel related resolutions is to go somewhere new this year that you have never gone to before and I have a few ideas brewing.

If you have some good travel plans this year, let me know, I would love to hear about them!

Happy Travels!

P.S. This will most likely be my last post on this Web Address.
After the new year, I am moving the blog to:

See you there!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Sports Analogy - Man Up!

Many sources have been discussing the recent "wussification" of America.  In the arenas of movies; the male lead recently has become the meek indecisive lead; and there is a recent trend of always blaming problems on someone else instead of taking responsibility and fixing them.

This is directly applicable here related to traveling are; manners, responsibility and men's protection roles (I do realize that women can take care of themselves in most situations, this is not meant to spark a sexism debate), because traveling is most likely done as a group, either family or friends, the man must be at least aware of what is going on around him and the people he is with. 

Blogs such as The Art of Manliness discuss the issue every day on their Website and with their book, and Big Hollywood hits on it every now and then.  Now a sports blog devoted to The University of Memphis athletics has brought up the issue in a recent column in which they advise athletes, fans, media and all others reading it to "Man Up".

As they discuss, it seems that he role of the man in society might be changing, but something that does not change is the fact that we need to stop this blaming others that everyone seems to be doing lately and take responsibility for their own actions.

While the article is based on sports, the advice can be applied to situations in everyone's life on a daily basis.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Back From New York and Christmas Party Time

First - The Parties:

Its Christmas party season and if you haven't been to one already, you most likely have one coming.

If you are throwing a party and want to avoid the slightly played out "tacky sweater" theme, just go the traditional route and stay classy with this quick party plan.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas Gifts For The Adventurous Gent - 2010

Ok, Christmas is coming and the inevitable what should I get my Dad, Uncle, Brother, Nephew, Son, Grandfather, Husband, Boyfriend, etc.  Well don't worry, I have done the work for you.  I am willing to bet that there is at least one thing here that any guy on your list would love to have for Christmas.  Many of the following items I personally own or have used, but many also are from my own wish list.

Watching Christmas Vacation has become one of my personal traditions.  Classic.

Click below for the list, good luck and happy hunting. 
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Movies For Guys - Christmas 2010

Yes, it is time to start shopping for Christmas.  This is a public service announcement to help all you last minute people get a jump on it this year.  I'm starting with movies because they are just generic enough to be a good gift for almost anyone and I'm listing movies guys like because I know what I like/what is good.

With Netflix and the Internet, getting movies to watch is becoming easier to do, so I tried to select movies that are good enough to be watched over and over.

Please add your own in the comments if your favorite is not here.

Also, if you're a lady or buying for a lady, Amazon has all the movies you could imagine, although I heard something about the twilight saga :eclipse being popular...I don't know.

Guys movie list:

Casino Royale (2-Disc Widescreen Edition)  - Had to start off with some Bond.  For the super fan there is also the super James Bond Ultimate Collector's Set.

The Pacific (HBO Miniseries) - I wasn't able to see the entire season when it was on TV because we were changing cable providers and missed the last half, but the episodes I saw were extremely well done.  If you or your gift recipient like historically accurate dramas along the lines of Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan , The Longest Day (Two-Disc Collector's Edition), or documentaries like WWII in HD, then The Pacific would be great for their stocking.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Six Flags New Orleans, Still Abandoned

And still standing, but not for much longer.

First off, New Orleans is always a good time, and tourism is a great way we can help them since it is one of the main aspects of their economy.  We rode the train down from Memphis last year after Christmas, something I always wanted to do, and the views and people on the train were very interesting.  It took a little longer than driving, 8 hours, but it is well worth it because you can relax, listen to music, read or have some wine instead of worrying about driving the car.   My pictures can be seen here.

Apparently New Orleans had a Six Flags, I had no idea, and it has been closed since Katrina came through.  Some enterprising person has recently filmed some very creepy but well done footage inside the park.  My favorite part is the empty swings blowing in the breeze.  I have seen videos of this type involving clandestine missions in abandoned buildings under the cover of darkness, but according to the video, this one received the blessing of the City of New Orleans.  I like the fact that the city allowed this to happen before the park is gone.  Too many things have been destroyed without so much as a picture.  

It made me think of the Discovery Channel show "The Colony".  The recent season was filmed in New Orleans in an abandoned few blocks of city.   See video below:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Week Roundup

  • I've wanted to experiment with my own burning pumpkins since I discovered these pictures a couple years ago.  Maybe I will get a chance this weekend.  The above picture if from the collection of the best burning pumpkin pics on the Web.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chilean Miners Could Be Coming To Memphis


One of the countries in the world that is at the top of my personal life list to visit is Chili, and it was recently the setting to the big mine worker rescue.  If you haven't heard about it, you must have been very unplugged for the past few weeks.  The country has a wide variety of climates and landforms, which are all displayed beautifully in the southern region of Patagonia.

In case you don't know where it is;  it's the long skinny country on the Western coast of South America.

The map above is from the CIA's World Factbook.  Follow the link for more information on the country.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

a Dapper Gent's Travel Tips

I have noticed this the past few times I have been at the airport or the train station.  People dress to "be comfortable", in their "juicy" sweatpants, but they end up looking like the just rolled out of bed.  A rule I like to follow is to dress like you want to be treated and the author of the article below seems to agree and says that dressing up a few notches will get you better attention from flight attendants and security personnel on your travels.

Article below the break:

Monday, October 11, 2010

End of Summer 2010

I have to continue a personal tradition that I just realized I started two years ago with the first post on this blog.

Even though it is still not feeling like it outside; the tradition that I have come to adopt is to recognize the last day of Summer 2010 with a drink and remember all the great things that happened.  Even though it was a couple weeks ago; I'm going to once again have a Dark 'n Stormy to toast the Summer that was and look forward to more great travels near and far in the upcoming seasons.

Thanks for reading.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shelby Farms Greenline Opening Celebration

It's officially open!

And there will be a celebration Saturday with block parties, a fun run, and concerts at Shelby Farms that night.

Here is the schedule:

Schedule of Events:

October 9, 2010

10AM: Greenline Fun Run–Tillman Trailhead

12NOON: Dedication Ceremony–Tillman Trailhead

12:30PM-4PM: Block Parties–Tillman, High Point Terrace, Waring, Podesta

6PM-10PM: Park After Dark featuring Firetribe, Bluff City Backsliders, and Star & Micey–Shelby Farms Park, Farm Rd. @ Mullins Station


If you haven't checked it out yet, this would be a great time to do so. There are lots of people riding, running and walking the trail already. There are even plans to expand the trail too!

A map and more information can be found here.