We've been so busy having fun!
06.10.2010 - 12.10.2010 25 °C
From Omaha, last Thursday we motored east to a quick stop-over in Iowa City, where we stayed in the 'Memphis Belle' suite in a very cute theme hotel next to Iowa City airport (not a busy airport so we were able to get a good night's sleep!). Our suite contained original Memphis Belle memorabilia - such as signed pictures of the famous crew - which had been donated to the hotel owners by Robert Morgan, the captain of that famous bird, himself! Needless to say I loved every minute! We stayed in that night, with take-out pizza and a bottle of the wine be bought in California, as Paul did laundry and I even found a plane-related programme to watch on the Discovery Channel.
On Friday we headed to Chicago, but made a quick detour to the John Deere Pavillion to look at tractors and a small museum of their history:
We enjoyed yet more sunshine in Chicago - my first visit to the city - where Paul had treated us to accommodations in the Conrad Hotel, right on the 'Magnificent Mile' (which is actually rather like Oxford Street in London, but fun to be that central all the same!). We had lunch on the terrace, and then took a walk to appreciate the stunning architecture:
We were also able to catch up with my cousin Peter and his lovely wife Magdalena - they were so good to come and meet us on Friday night when they were busy moving house the next day!
From Chicago we 'turned right' again and headed directly south - for the first time - for a quick stop-over in the university town of Bloomington, Indiana. During that journey we crossed into the Eastern time-zone. Paul was quite pertubed to discover that the very next day (i.e. yesterday - Monday) we crossed back into Central Time because the line isn't straight!
We are now in Nashville, Tennessee. We spent today at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. We also took a tour to the famous, original RCA 'Studio B' where Elvis Presley famously recorded more than 250 of his songs (which is more that half of his entire song catalogue). The Studio exists just as it did when records were still recorded in one take, on analogue tape. You can imagine how much Paul loved that! The Steinway piano in that studio is the original one that Elvis played... if there hadn't been students of one of the local colleges using the facilities for a lesson we could have played that piano...
The only other point of note is that it rained today. The first rain we've seen on our entire trip! It is proper 'wet rain' too - big warm splattering rain-drops with some lightning in the distance. From our addiction to 'The Weather Channel' on TV we can see that it's the edge of 'severe thunderstorms'. Even the weather over here is huge!!!