The holiday that was, and the holiday that could have been, became something of a blur - once I was engulfed in unbearable pain - so not much of the holiday was discussed or thought about from the moment I arrived home.
As this is the week of the anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr perhaps it is appropriate that I mention, that if I did nothing else on my holiday, I managed to visit the National Civil Rights Museum.
The National Civil Rights Museum houses many displays, which chronicle the struggle of civil rights.
Outside in the baking heat sits a one-woman protest against the museum on this site by Jacqueline Smith, (you can barely see her head in the centre of this pic above the rail). At the time of my visit to the museum, the protest had lasted 24 years and 185 days.
The hotel balcony where the memorial wreath hangs outside Dr King's bedroom
A surreal experience to be standing right outside the hotel room where Martin Luther King's assassination actually took place.
The sight of this grotesque Klu Klux Klan outfit sent shivers down my spine
Room 306 - Martin Luther King's hotel bedroom - preserved behind a glass wall.
From the balcony you can see the rooming house (the Legacy building) that the assassin's bullet was fired from.
The Legacy Building contains the second part of the museum tour - the Timeline Tunnel and the Final Days (November 1967- April 1968) - timeline of movements by Martin Luther King and his accused assassin, James Earl Ray
Preserved behind glass the bedroom - and the bathroom - (where the assassin's bullet was fired from)
View of the Lorraine Hotel balcony from the window on the right, above.
Iconic image pointing to the rooming house window from the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel immediately after the shooting
Images from Beale Street
Schwab family motto: "If you can't find it at A. Schwab, you're probably better off without it!"
Memphis Music Boutique
Signed drum skins
Preparations were underway in Memphis for Halloween. So many pumpkins of all shapes and sizes on sale everywhere.
We flew into and out of Newark airport but unfortunately my travelling companions were none-to-keen on my suggestion of stopping over in Manhatten for a couple of days (what?!), so I had to make do with pressing my nose against the windows of the airport staring out as the sunset and beautiful light over Manhatten in the distance.
This image taken from the plane arriving in NY from Memphis
Zoomed in image of the Empire State Building from Newark airport
The light is lush in this one - I had to ask what the tall building was - apparently it's the Freedom Tower.
Close up image of cranes still atop the unfinished Freedom Tower
Reflection of the airport lounge windows on this one - but I like how the plane soars above the Empire State Building
Oh well, that's our plane. Must be off then......