Travel Blogs from Memphis
... It has been a tradition in the hotel since the 1930s when Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a drunken weekend hunting trip, bringing back with them live duck decoys and placed them in the fountain. The public loved it so much that they employed a trainer and a tradition was born. After this humourous display, we headed to the bar to plan our evening and then moseyed down to Beale Street to BB ...
... got to go aboard his two planes along with viewing many of his costumes, cars and awards. The inside of the Lisa Marie plane was surprisingly big and not what I expected at all. For the night we headed out to downtown Memphis. There was a hot rod car show on down the Main Street which we went through before heading to dinner. The music where we had dinner was amazing with Whitney ...
... and out of the bars. Shame we had to purchase a drink in each one.
We didn't go in this one but we loved the sign.
Barry had a dance when the Elvis impersonator was signing and didn't know I had the camera out. The singer wouldn't allow me to take his pic when Barry sang with him. Spoilt sport.
Another early start tomorrow at ...
... Then off to Graceland. Surprisingly, Elvis' "mansion" is quite modest by today's standards, but decorated ornately. We saw all his outfits and gold/platinum records and trophies. His car museum had an amazing array of Rolls Royces, Cadillacs, Mercedes, etc. Also saw his jet, the "Lisa Marie". Beale Street was filled with all types of music and we hung out for a while in the BB King Blues Bar. Be sure to look at all the pictures, as there are some good ones today.
... at the Blue Plate Café around the corner and then on to Graceland, a few miles out of town. Although the place is run like a theme park, the moment I put on my headphones and start the audio tour as we are being driven through the gates and up the drive to the mansion that was Elvis' home for 20 years, the feeling of being a tourist subsides and makes way for a warm welcome.
It's uncanny, stepping into the King's living room, ...
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