About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
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Talk about a hunka hunka real estate! Graceland is the former home of rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley — and for the most ardent of many fans, the center of the universe. Making time to experience Graceland while visiting Memphis is a no-brainer, but it’s up to you to decide just how tacky the King’s taste in décor was.
You don't have to be a guest of luxury hotel, The Peabody, to enjoy its most popular feature: its resident brace of ducks who waddle along the red carpet laid out for them, to and from the hotel lobby’s fountain, daily.
This historic home once served as a safe haven for runaway slaves. Nowadays, it's a moving museum sharing the story of the anti-slavery movement in the south.
Set in the Lorraine Motel, where Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968, the National Civil Rights Museum commemorates the untimely death and celebrates the brave life of King, while chronicling the wider American Civil Rights Movement through a series of interesting and imaginative exhibits. Learn all about this compelling era through a mix of pivotal moments brought to life for you to experience, oral histories, and more.
The best way to keep cool in Memphis is to visit this local favorite for a famous 'sno cone.' Jerry’s menu features all sorts of unique hot treats too like toasted ravioli, fired pickle spears, corn nuggets, barbecue bologna, Cheddar pepper and 'Frito pie.' In short, it's a great place to stop for a snack, whatever you're craving.
Rock ‘n roll’s most hallowed ground, Sun Studios is the place where Elvis Presley made his first recordings. But the King wasn’t the only artist who made music history here. Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash all recorded some of the 20th century’s most iconic songs in these little studios that are now a wonderfully preserved National Historic Landmark that you can tour.
Rock is just one half of the equation of Memphis music. This town is also the home of soul music, and of course the famous 'Memphis Sound.' For a funky and informative dose of soul, be sure to check out the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum on Beale Street, where the aim of its exhibits is to tell visitors the full music story.
Welcome to Soulsville, USA where some of the most infectious grooves — and biggest hits — in popular music were created and recorded. Located on the original site of the Stax Records studio, this is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the legacy of the soul genre.
Neon signs, live music, melt in yo’ mouth BBQ and a vibe like nowhere else, Beale Street is the home to sizzling nightlife beside the Mighty Mississippi. According to a USA Today National Poll, it's also the 'most iconic street' in America, the top tourist attraction in the state of Tennessee, and the 'official home of the blues.' If it's not on your list already, it should be.
Waaay back in 1876, Abraham Schwab opened his general store on Beale Street. Today this historic shop, complete with an old-fashioned soda fountain, thrives as one of the city’s most popular attractions. As the only original business still in operation on Beale Street today, be sure to make a beeline here when thirst or hunger calls.