St. Louis, Missouri

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My weekend trip to St. Louis last February turned out to be rather ill-fated. The drive was longer than I estimated, a bit too long to do by myself. On Saturday, as I was happily pulling up to the stunning Basilica (home of the 2nd largest church mosaic in the US), my camera battery died, and with no spares on hand, I was unable to take any pictures for the rest of the day.

However, before that, a friend living and St. Louis and I had gone to the City Museum, which is basically a multi-story building turned into a giant folk-art playground for kids and adults alike. I didn’t get many good pictures, but check out this video for a look inside. There are tunnels going between floors, a bus cantilevered off the ceiling, mysterious tunnels, a junk-metal slide going from the top of the building down, and all kinds of crazy art to climb in and on.  st-louis1

But Sunday morning, it started to snow while I was out in the city, and I got in an accident. My car just suffered a dent on it’s side, but it really shook me up, and I decided to head home early. Due to all the snow and ice on the roads all the way back, it took me a few extra hours to get back to Nashville, making it a 9-hour trip total. Ugh. Suffice to say, I have not taken a solo road trip above four hours since then. Before the accident, I made it to the Missouri History Museum, which was one of the best history museums I’ve ever visited (and free). I hope to get back to St. Louis soon. What I saw, I loved! But maybe I’ll go in the summer next time.

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Here are a few photos I took on my phone of the Basilica, the interior of the City Museum, and the Arch.

Memphis: National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

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I first visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis back in October 2015, soon after moving to Nashville. I went back a few months later. Both times, I felt like two hours went by too quickly and regretted not giving myself the whole day to spend in the museum. It’s one of the best museums I’ve ever visited (and I’ve gone to a lot). The exhibit design makes it a great experience for all ages, all races, and all levels of museum-going (from non-museum people to museum lovers). If you find yourself in Memphis, don’t miss it.

The Museums is built in and around the Lorraine Motel, the significant African American institution where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. After walking through the galleries that take you through African American history in the US from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to Black Power movement (and somewhat up to today), you end up looking through a glass wall into the room where MLK spent his last moment. It’s a really moving experience, to say the least.

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[[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]