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Miami Beach (22 to 26 January 2024)

Is Miami Beach tacky and over-crowded?  Do the bling-laden people sashaying along Ocean Drive epitomise the maxim that money does not buy good taste?  Do the bare chested louts speeding around in rented Ferrari 458s…

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Montgomery (19 to 21 January 2024)

The last stop on our road trip around the south was the city of Montgomery. When the Southern states seceded from the Union in 1861, Montgomery was chosen as the provisional capital of the newly…

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Birmingham (17 to 19 January 2024)

Birmingham was founded in 1871 and quickly became a primary industrial centre in the post-Civil War south.  Named after Birmingham in the United Kingdom, its major industries were iron and steel production and the manufacture…

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Nashville (13 to 16 January 2024)

So far this trip we’ve seen jazz, blues and rock.  What’s next?  Country music, of course.  Nashville, Tennesse. Here’s a quick test to determine if you’re a country music fan: how many of the artists…

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Memphis (10 to 13 January 2024)

Blues music was born in the Mississippi Delta but found a home in Memphis. In 1927, the ‘Grandfather of the Blues’, W. C. Handy immortalised the vibrant, slightly risqué blues scene in Memphis in Beale…

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