Find out what I think...A 3,000 mile trip around the Southern US in 12 days travelling with a baby (9 months old). A good idea? On paper, no. It was a stupid idea. One intensified when my wife declared she had 'misplaced' her driving licence as we boarded the plane, meaning I would be the only one driving at 55mph for the best part of all the waking hours, for 12 days… It couldn't have felt worse.

One of our top three holidays

When we were two thirds of the way through a spicy crayfish bucket, Tennessee ale slipping down, watching the sun setting on the Mississippi, making instant new friends regaling us on their views of the world and promises to look after us, or when we hopped from street corner to street corner in Clarksdale, bopping to the street bands with toddlers to grandads dancing in the street, or when we were playing on Elvis's piano in his favourite studio, we realised we were on one of our top three holidays.

It might be the US, but it is so different from the hard commercial pace of New York or the earthy outdoors of the Tetons. It is warm, polite, spacious, charming and full of people who want you to come away happy.

...when we were playing on Elvis's piano in his favourite studio, we realised we were on one of our top three holidays...

Our favourite place?

Even though we started indifferent to Country Music, it had to be Nashville. A cliché maybe, but music is the perfect vehicle to meet and understand the area, and most importantly, the people. We want to do exactly the same again, and for our family, that is very rare indeed.

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