Victory I Cruise: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Honors Great Musicians

  ABOARD THE VICTORY I: Several teens sitting in the audience began to chuckle when the film narrator said, “Imagine there was a time in America when there was no rock and roll.” For these youngsters, there never was such a time. Rock and roll has always been a part of their lives. So the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum must have been a real eye opener for them. After the short film ended, …

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Visiting Nashville: Andrew Jackson said to still walk the grounds of The Hermitage

Andrew Jackson loved his home so much that he chose to be buried there with his beloved wife Rachel. Some say that the man known as “Old Hickory” keeps watch over his Tennessee plantation. “Many people don’t think that he has ever truly left,” tour guide David said. “General Jackson had such a strong personality that I think he has stayed around to watch over his home.” The Hermitage is preserved today almost as it was during …

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Visiting Nashville: Grand Ole Opry features legendary performers and newcomers

In the center stage of the Grand Ole Opry is a special piece of wood. It is from the old Ryman Auditorium. “Can you imagine what it has seen?” asks Dan Rogers, marketing manager for the Opry. “If it could talk, think about all the legends it could tell about.” Over the years, thousands of performers have stood on this circle – Hank Williams, Jim Reeve, Patsy Cline, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Johnny …

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Visiting Nashville: Known as ‘Home of 1,000 Hits,’ Studio B was a favorite of Elvis and other musicians

While most people were settling down for the night, Elvis Presley would slip into the nondescript building and sit at a well-worn piano. For the next couple hours, Elvis would warm up by harmonizing on gospel, often with the Jordanaires. Then he would get down to the serious business of recording songs. About the time the sun came up, Elvis would call it a night. “Elvis did most of his work here. He recorded 262 songs here, …

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Visiting Nashville: Johnny Cash Museum honors ‘The Man in Black’

When Bill Miller was 13 years old, he went to a Johnny Cash concert that changed the course of his life. “Johnny Cash played a harmonica and tossed it into the audience when he was done,” Miller said. “I caught it.” That was just the beginning. Over the years, Miller collected a treasure trove of Johnny Cash memorabilia and became friends with the legendary entertainer. “I honestly can’t tell you how many pieces I have. It’s in …

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Visiting Nashville: New Patsy Cline Museum showcases recently discovered personal items

Patsy Cline saved the memories of her life. That memorabilia, after being locked away for more than half a century, is now being seen at the new Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville. “Patsy Cline was very sentimental,” said museum founder Bill Miller. “I think people will be really surprised at what we have in the museum.” A 25-cent writing tablet filled with “biography” entries handwritten in red ink by Cline notes that as a youngster she “started …

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Visiting Nashville: County music legend George Jones honored at new museum

George Glenn Jones almost died before he got a chance to live. The family doctor dropped the baby shortly after delivery. The sturdy newborn survived with only a broken arm. But what a life the country music legend went on to live in that interval between the day he entered this world on Sept. 12, 1930, and the day he left on April 26, 2013. “George went to hell and back with many addictions and he beat …

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‘Come see what you’ve heard’ at Musicians Hall of Fame

When Joe Chambers discovered that Jimi Hendrix’s apartment from his seminal years in Nashville had been razed, he decided that the Tennessee city should not lose another piece of music history. “If people will make a trip to his grave in Seattle, why wouldn’t they go to see where he actually lived?” Chambers wondered. “That’s what really triggered me to having some kind of museum here.” When another of the Nashville clubs where a young Hendrix performed …

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Avalon Waterways adds “Adventure Host” to ALL 2019 Europe sailings

On the heels of announcing Active DiscoverySM itineraries on the Rhine, Danube & Rhône Rivers as well as a new Avalon Choice® program featuring included “Classic,” “Discovery” and “Active”excursions on each and every itinerary throughout Europe, Avalon Waterways is also announcing plans to add an Avalon Adventure HostSM, based in a new Adventure Center, to all 2019 European cruises. “Heartwarming discoveries have always been available on every Avalon Waterways cruise,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon …

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Guggenheim Museum attracts worldwide visitors to Bilbao, Spain

Like a silent sentry, the gigantic “Puppy” stands ready to welcome visitors to his beautiful home. Multiple cameras and cellphones snap pictures of the unusual dog sculpture. In fact, it is difficult to get a photo when someone isn’t posing near the Bilbao landmark. But it wasn’t so long ago that travelers shunned this historic city in northern Spain. “If you didn’t see the way Bilbao used to be, you wouldn’t believe it,” said Mikel Mugalari of …

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