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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

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I know this is slightly OT but here is a suggestion for a trip down south:
Land in Atlanta: Visit Stone Mountain Park, CNN guided tour, Coca Cola Museum
Drive to Memphis: Visit the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, TN
once in Memphis: Visit the freedom rights Museum (formerly knows as the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated), visit the recording studio (in the same neighborhood), visit Graceland, eat some ribs at BB King's restaurant, walk down Beale Street and listen to some live music
Head to Nashville: visit the Belle Meade Plantation (www.bellemeadeplantation.com), walk around downtown and head to Coyote Ugly
Drive back to Atlanta: stop by in Chattanooga, there is this Pizza place downtown (can't miss it), where you'll get some very delicious Pizza.
A couple of other tips: world's largest aquarium is in Atlanta, also you have to go to Fat Matt's Rib Shack in the ATL. Live blues.
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

If you base your stay in Asheville, you could make day trips (or over-nighters) to many of the most beautiful villages.

We like to stay on the Biltmore Estate, at the Inn at Biltmore, just a few kilometres from downtown Asheville. You can hike all around the grounds, visit the vineyard and fromagerie, shop in Biltmore Village, golf right on the estate, and, most importantly, tour the house itself, the largest single family home ever erected in the US. Really, you will feel as if you are in Europe. I promise, it's lovely and nary a redneck in sight!
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If you base your stay in Asheville, you could make day trips (or over-nighters) to many of the most beautiful villages.

We like to stay on the Biltmore Estate, at the Inn at Biltmore, just a few kilometres from downtown Asheville. You can hike all around the grounds, visit the vineyard and fromagerie, shop in Biltmore Village, golf right on the estate, and, most importantly, tour the house itself, the largest single family home ever erected in the US. Really, you will feel as if you are in Europe. I promise, it's lovely and nary a redneck in sight!
I thought Hearst Castle wins on impact (and bling). Biltmore felt more like a scaled up country mansion - THE place to entertain 3 dozen of your closest pals for a few days!

Mind you - Biltmore = Off-road segway riding
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Grew up in Spring Branch. Just sold our house in the Heights and moved here in March. You?
I just sold my house in the Heights as well on Melwood.
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This thread has gone schizophrenic.
and HOW LONG have you been at EF ?
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Old 12.07.2011, 19:09
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Where do you live and we need to hook up! I'm from Camden. Where are you from? (P.S. Your name should be plough mud!)
From the land of Magnolia Gardens, on the edge of the Francis Marion National Forest. A peninsula protected by cannons, where a Yankee named Frank Gilbreth took the pen name Ashley Cooper and died a Southerner.

You done met mah ole lady. Little musical thing she is.
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From the land of Magnolia Gardens, on the edge of the Francis Marion National Forest. A peninsula protected by cannons, where a Yankee named Frank Gilbreth took the pen name Ashley Cooper and died a Southerner.

You done met mah ole lady. Little musical thing she is.
I take it back. I'm gonna call you Miz Lowcountry. I don't see a need to enlighten these fine folks on the gracious and subtle grandeur that is Edisto and Beaufort, do you? (Unless SC is hurting for tourism dollars, then we might could clue them in.)

It is such a small world that you live here in Switzerland. Our house in Camden is the old Shannon house, Pine Flats, later, The Hobkirk Inn, where Colonel Wm. Shannon met his unfortunate demise in the last legal duel in South Carolina. We might know each other--did you ever attend the Carolina Cup?
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

The south US is like the north UK....
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There's even a place in north carolina called "little Swizerland" somewhere in the blue ridge mtns.
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Old 12.07.2011, 23:42
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I'd really fancy a trip to the South now, just can't decide between bike or car.

All the stories and different opinions just make the place sound more interesting, certainly didn't put me off visiting!

(edit: oh, and maybe the fact that I know a cute chick down there helps too... )
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

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and in the south New Bern ( Home of Pepsy Cola)
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

Wow.... sounds like a foreign language
*yankee*

I can just hear Scarlett....
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Maybe the Americans on this forum can help me with this one.

Planning my next USA trip I have been bouncing various ideas off Americans at work to see what they think of my suggestions and maybe harvest some ideas and possibilities.

If I mention the South, and especially places like Alabama, the reaction is definitely a no no. Also, in a broader sense, when mentioning maybe some American I met with some strange or backward attitude, Americans will invariably say, "he must have been from the South" or "that's typical for the South".

On the whole, the South is presumed to be backward, primitive, rusitical. Is that so?

And more importantly, why?

I have discussed this and some have suggested, maybe it is an indirect and veiled form of (maybe subconscious) racism. The South has lots of African Americans and calling the South rustical, backward and stupid is an indirect way of saying the same about Blacks themselves. But this argument doesn't make sense to me. Cities like Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC also have lots of Black citizens but people don't called those cities rustical, backwards or primitive. Or at least I have never heard it.

Or is it maybe because people there are, um, how shall I put it, a bit rustcal? But then so is much of the Mid-West or even upstate New York, upstate Illinois etc. Yet these places don't have the same associatons as the South.

Or is it because they lost the Civil War? But isn't that a long time ago? And does it still matter?

Can anybody throw any more light on this?

I might give you an idea. When I on my first visit to Texas parked my car near the home of an uncle, I parked it about down the road. Yes, I saw the workers acting on the road a but farther down, and Yes, I saw that most of them were Blacks. .... I went up to the house and IN, and was enthusiastically greeted by Uncle Bill (Willy originally) and his wife aunt Hazel. Hazel enquired about my car and got alarmed. We, which means Hazel, her daughter Leslie and me went down and I had a nice chat with the foreman. When turning around, Hazel (nearer to me) was still frowning while Leslie was laughing. Matter settled, but to me a lesson in realities.

Years later, the back verandah (porch) of Hazel got heavily damaged by a storm. Her son mobilized an excellent mechanic who repaired everything excellently and in a minimum of time. Mr Cox jr only did not realize in time that his friend is DEEP Black and that his mother therefore criticized everything.

Good old Hazel at the time of our next visit had passed away and we so spent some time at the home of a cousin in Shreveport/LA. A lot of his family lives/lived in the state of Mississippi and so a far away nephew or grand-nephew of me asked me whether we also had "such blacks" in Switzerland. I explained that we had people of very dark skin originating from Africa but also from Southern-India but that the situation could not be compared as the "Blacks" never were slaves in Europe.

Back to Marshall/TX. It was on my first visit when I had a problem finding my way "back home". I stopped at a home of a sizeable black family. They when I approached them did not look too friendly at first but when I addressed their old man as "Sir" and was friendly and respectful to them (as they deserved) they became even VERY friendly and forthcoming. I only later learnt that I without knowing it had revived a tradition of a grand-aunt of me who in the 30ies, 40ies and 50ies had kept up good relations with the the black community there (not all to the liking of the WHITE locals).

I over the years, on visits, discussed such matters, not least also with many Blacks (their tolerance be praised ! ) between Texas and South Carolina. And spent many hours on that. If my input was of help, nice, if not, so sorry. What clearly united whites and blacks was that they clearly felt as Dixies and were not too enthusiastic about the Yankees
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?











outdated ? simply have a look at the number of Confederate flags between the Rio Grande and the Potomac and speak with people there --- provided you are accepted as one of them
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&sa...iw=992&bih=583

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&sa...iw=992&bih=583

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/no...rate-flag-ban/

Wolly you are a little out of date on this one
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

I did watch the Dukes of Hazzard when I was a kid, but most of that is caricature, isn't it?
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I did watch the Dukes of Hazzard when I was a kid, but most of that is caricature, isn't it?
As far as I can tell, Bo and Luke's adventures all took place in Indiana...
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

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It was set in the fictional Hazzard County in Georgia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dukes_of_Hazzard
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It was set in the fictional Hazzard County in Georgia.

Same difference. They're virtually next door, anyway.

Mind, wouldn't an Amish version of the Dukes of Hazzard be entertaining?
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