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Welcome! From February 28 - March 16, my best friend husband Cary and I went on a trip. From Eugene, we traveled to parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. I haven't blogged about it yet, and thought that highlighting our vacation would be the perfect way to participate in this year's Blogging from A-Z Challenge. My blog isn't always about travel, but for the next month it will mainly feature travel photos and memories of our experience.
This is my fourth time participating in A-Z. For those of you unfamiliar with the challenge, participants post daily during the month of April, except for on Sundays. That gives us 26 posts for the month. It is a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. We visit the blogs of others who are taking the challenge, connecting with old friends and making new friends.
For over 25 years, Cary has wanted to return to Mississippi, and that was one of the main reasons for this trip, along with getting to know our Arkansas cousins.
On Sunday, March 8th, we left Hot Springs, Arkansas, and drove east and south for four or five hours. We said goodbye to beautiful Arkansas (which is so much like Oregon, minus the ocean and tall mountains), and crossed the mighty Mississippi, heading toward Greenville.
I had only planned on driving through this city, wanting to stay in Natchez, so I hadn't done any research about it. I think that we really missed the boat on Greenville, because there was a whole part of the city, the cool part, that we never did see. It looks like The Hampton Inn is in a nicer part of town.
We stopped at the visitor's center, got our pamphlets, asked the nice lady questions, and checked out their little museum.
Inside, the museum was upstairs, so that is where I headed:
The Mississippi River is also known as The Great River Road, running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Blues are huge! Highway 61 is known as The Blues Highway. Mississippi calls itself the birthplace of America's music. There is a Blues Museum in the area. Here is the link to a Google search of Greenville museums: "Click Here".
Some famous authors came out of Mississippi too. Here is a link of Famous Musicians and Writers of Mississippi.
We had learned that there were casinos in Greenville, and wanted to spend the night in one. We had passed one, The Harlow, on the way into town. I had looked on the internet and found another one, on the waterfront in historic old town. We enjoy historic old towns, so we thought that we would check that one out first.
Oh, boy. As we drove toward the river, it became a little scary. Homes were boarded up and businesses were vacant. I didn't even take any pictures, which I now regret since we didn't drive through there the next day.
The casino had changed its name and ended up not having lodging on site. You had to use a little old hotel a block or so away and I really didn't feel safe, so we turned around and went back the way that we came.
The Harlow was nice, and so were the people. The room was only $89.00 a night, and there was a buffet. Cary had fun playing blackjack, and I liked that I could come and go back to the room and that we didn't have to drive anywhere.
Here are few of the buildings that we saw as we drove through the main drag on the way out of town, heading towards Vicksburg:
There are churches on every corner all throughout the south. Even little towns and tiny farming communities have several.
We missed the fancy parts of this city all together, and I left thinking that they didn't have any! Here is a link to other people's pictures of Greenville, "Click Here" , "and Here".
Thanks so much for your visit.
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~ Kathy M.
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