An Educator by trade, Patrick Speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. He is a graduate in Philosophy and Education Sciences and holds post-graduate degrees in English Emersion and Tourism & Marketing. His 44 years experience in the travel industry includes work as a lecturer on topics including History, Anthropology and Archeology and has been a Tour Director for the Globus family of brands since 1999.
In his free time, Patrick enjoys collecting history books, classic music and photography.
40 tour members on the Elvis &and the Southern Sounds March 25 tour are enjoying themselves immensely. We have participants from the UK, Canada, USA and Australia, all music fans.
Highlights so far have been Graceland, the Rock and Roll Museum and Sun Studios in Memphis. Elvis birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi and in Nashville Studio B, where Elvis recorded the majority of is songs.
A private performance with Tommy Cash, Johnny Cash’s brother was another hit. Tonight we go to the world famous Grand Ole Opry show. We are all excited.
In Memphis we were able to go to the one of the kind March of The Ducks at the Peabody Hotel.
Tour members thought it was brilliant.
March 27 was a very special day as Mrs. Sheila Wilmot celebrated her 50th birthday. On our way to Tupelo we all sang to her and she received a big box of Whitman’s chocolates as a birthday present!!
There is a discussion going on among Tour Members: They can't agree which city is more fabulous: Charleston or Savannah.
Brookgreen Gardens and Magnolia Plantation were exploding with flowers and bushes in bloom.
Ruth, our guide in Charleston was outstanding so was Alexandra, our Trolley driver/guide in Savannah.
Everybody got a free full day pass for the trolley today in Savannah and in Beaufort where we had Buggy rides yesterday; Tour Director bought double scoop ice cream cones for everyone. They said that the fresh peach flavour was the best.
A fantastic tour enjoyed by everybody.
Highlights were New York City, Boston, Quebec, Ottawa and Niagara Falls. In Boston we had a perfect day and most took the Boston Harbor tour that included a lobster dinner.
In Quebec we started the day with a wonderful breakfast at a Maple Farm and ended up having dinner in the old historic city. We learned a lot of history and walked the battlefield where General Wolf defeated the French and Canada became English. Ottawa was another perfect day, Tulip festival was on: Over a million tulips were blooming.
Niagara Falls was beyond expectations: Record water this year: They loved it. Our last day going from Washington to New York was a long one with an early start so the Tour Director got extra large fresh-made blueberry muffins for everyone: What a WOW!
Highlights of the last couple of days have been the included tours of the Brookgreen Plantation on Sunday April 28 and Magnolia Plantation on Monday April 29.
Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve. This 9,100-acre property includes several themed gardens with American figurative sculptures placed in them. First we toured the gardens and sculptures and then we had a boat tour where we got to see lots of plants, flowers and a huge alligator.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens that dates to 1676, is one of the oldest plantations in the South located near Charleston and directly across the Ashley River. Here we toured the gardens where the azaleas, wisteria, jasmine and many other flowers thrive. Included was a Nature tram tour from where we got to see many birds and alligators posing for us.
Today, April 30 we came to Savannah, a jewel that everybody should visit someday. On the way here from Charleston we stopped at Beaufort where we had an included Buggy Ride that took us around this historic place with its many antebellum houses. We even had a WOW here: Tour Members got an ice cream from Southern Sweets: 26 flavours to choose from.
Tour members on the Elvis &and the Southern Sounds are having a blast,
March 5, first touring day, was a day full of activities starting with a tour of Memphis where we had a performer on board to guide us through the city.
All sang along with Brandon and his guitar the many Elvis songs that he sang. Tour members were given shakers to follow the beat!!! They loved this and many went that night to Beale Street to see Brandon perform again!!!
We next toured the Stax recording Museum, The Rock and Soul Museum and the highlight for many: Sun Studios, where Elvis first recorded.
Next day was a fantastic day too. We had a full day in Mississippi.
We went to Tupelo to see where Elvis was born and got to tour the Elvis Birth Museum, We even found some extra time to go to the hardware store where he bought his first guitar.
On the way back to Memphis we had some fresh made cookies. The macadamia nut and chocolate chip ones were the ones they liked best
Thursday was a full day at Graceland. They all loved it: Can we come back tomorrow?
Friday we travelled to Music city, Nashville. Tour members could not believe that we had a private performance with Tommy Cash, Johnny Cash’s brother. Yes, we had Tommy Cash to ourselves in a private theatre. He sang many songs and told some real interesting stories about himself, his brother John and the Cash music family. He signed autographs and shared time with all of us after his performance. What a treat that was!
Those who went to the Nashville Dinner Show optional that evening thought the show was outstanding; they liked the music and the beautiful voices. One of the performers came onboard our coach when we were leaving and shared some time with us.
Things got even better on Saturday; we had Studio B to ourselves, Elvis recorded most of his records here, we spent nearly two hours and even recorded a CD, an Elvis song of course. Everybody got a copy. Couldn’t get the people to leave!
After Studio B we had full tour of Memphis that even included Millionaire’s Row, were all the famous artists have their mansions.
We spent the afternoon touring the Country Music Hall of Fame and had some time to visit the Honky Tonk area on Broadway.
We ended up the day with a fantastic show at the world famous Grand Ole Opry where we had centre stage seats in a sold out theatre!
Guess what: Many have promised to come back in the very near future