Weekend Jaunt to Memphis

Whenever I’m traveling out of the States I meet people who asks me about America, where I’ve been and what are the best places to go visit.  I didn’t have much to say because I haven’t traveled much around here. It is paradoxical that when I think of “travel” I associate it with “outside one’s own country.”  In fact this is not the case; I am certain there are many beautiful places to explore around where I live as well.  And so I made a mental note to endeavor to explore my own country, state by state, city by city.

Memphis was an easy choice.  I love music, all kinds, and I am especially fond of the Blues and Jazz.  So I hopped in my car and drove the 12 hours from Michigan to Memphis via I-75 and I-40.

It was a beautiful drive once I passed Ohio and the landscape changed from boring buildings to the green hills of Kentucky.  As it was the fall season, the foliage was well on its way to changing colors as well.

I was actually surprised when I saw Memphis. It was much “taller” than I had pictured in my head.  The music of course, did not disappoint.

Don’t leave Memphis without having some ribs. I had mine at the Charlie Vergos Rendezvous restaurant (famous for their dry-rub ribs.)

dry rub ribs Rendezvous

rendezvous ghost river

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This is the Peabody Hotel, one of the biggest hotels in the area and famous for their ducks who march to/from the lobby fountain every day.  (No, I did not stay here. I just came for the ducks.)

Peabody Hotel; front; lobby fountain

Peabody Hotel; front; lobby fountain

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Other memories from this city:

Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King was assa ssinated

Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated

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Beale Street

Beale Street

Beale Street

Beale Street

Beale Street

Beale Street

Beale Street

Beale Street

outdoor performance at Beale Street

outdoor performance at Beale Street

Mississipi

Mississipi

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And of course, I couldn’t possibly leave Memphis without a visit to see Elvis.  This one was taken in Graceland.

elvis

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