Apologies for the lack of posts as of late. Some unexpected events last week derailed me, and this week has been all about playing catch-up.
My boyfriend and I have grand plans to visit Texas in the not-so-distant future, home of my paternal relatives. He has yet to experience the joys of Texas, so I’m excited to introduce him to the South, particularly Blue Bell ice cream.
The drive from the midwest to Texas is non-trivial, so I was hoping to break it up with a basilica visit in there. Alas, if you check out the map, there’s pretty much nothing in-between Illinois and Texas, even on my list of non-basilicas. Since I am very unfamiliar with that part of the country, I am looking for suggestions from others.
In general, we’ll be going through southern Illinois, the western Tennessee/Kentucky border, and the middle and southwest of Arkansas during the day time. Some of the places we’ll be driving through which I suspect will be more likely to have some good candidates are:
- Memphis, TN
- Little Rock, AK
- Shreveport, LA
All three of these cities are seats of Catholic dioceses, so I’m sure there are some interesting histories there. Additionally, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last speech in the headquarters and church of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis.
Additionally, we’ll be in southeastern Texas during our stay, so recommendations for the following are also appreciated:
- Bryan/College Station, TX (home of Texas A&M)
- Houston, TX
- Galveston, TX
- Beaumont, TX
I make no promises about getting to any of these places during this particular trip, but since it’s family down there and all (and I’m actually closer now that I’m not in Virginia!), I’m hoping to make the drive every once in a while. Additionally, the basilica in Galveston, TX was closed indefinitely after Hurricane Ike in 2008 due to extensive water damage. With family in the area, it’ll likely be available for us to visit on another trip down there when it reopens.
Any recommendations for that general vicinity? Please leave them in the comments below!