Just returned from a long weekend in Memphis and despite the heat - whooo- wheee it was toasty - we had a great time. We usually spend vacations on the beach, but for a change we played tourist. Friday - Graceland - had low expectations for this tour, but was pleasantly surprised. The self guided audio players for the mansion added good color commentary. The cars - very cool to see these classic cars, motorcycles and assorted go-carts. The planes - ok, but not a highlight of the tour. I was amazed by how small Elvis was in the 50's and 60's. Not the man we saw toward the end of his days. He had quite a career and made an impact on American music. We dined at Corky's, the Rendezvous and the Blue Plate Cafe while we were there and wet ribs were our favorite after having tried both sauced and dry rub varieties. Preferred Corky's, but we'll have to try more rib joints on our future trips. And I'm convinced if it doesn't move - someone will deep fry it and call it an appetizer. Despite the severe climb in fat intake it was all good, especially the fried pickles.
Saturday, it was time for the Rock and Soul Museum, Beale Street and the March of the Ducks at the Peabody. Rock and Soul Museum was great. Well worth the time. Schwab's on Beale Street is a must see, if only for the jaw dropping reactions to some of the items for sales inside the store. The only drawback for this trip was the oppressive heat - we baked on Beale Street, fried on Front Street and what we lost in perspiration we gained back in pork. Stay hydrated if you go in the summer months. If you're an iced tea fan - try McAllister's Deli - a quart of the stuff either sweet or unsweet loaded with ice and lemon is a bargain at a $1.59 with all the refills your bladder can handle. We each did half a gallon in about 10 minutes.
Sunday we did the Cotton Museum, it's a good exhibit and tells the story well. Then off to the Memphis Brooks Museum for the Annie Liebovitz photo exhibit. It's only there for a short time, but she has some amazing photos on display. It's American Musicians at their best.
We ran out of time to see the Memphis Zoo, Sun Studios, Stax and the National Civil Rights Museum, but there's always next time.