Sunset over the mighty Mississippi
Last weekend we took some time out and drove south to Memphis. There's a whole lot of not very much between St. Louis and Memphis - makes for a very easy 4-hour drive (especially if you're not the one driving!!). As we drove across the bridge towards the city I wondered when the river was going to stop - it's far wider than in St. Louis and was very obviously higher than normal. The trees in the photo above are not the opposite bank, they're just on an islet mid-river.
After getting drenched in a sudden downpour we explored Beale Street, home of the blues.
Unsurprisingly it's full of blues clubs, bars and restaurants. We had our first taste of Memphis-style BBQ on Beale Street ....yum!!!
You can't visit Memphis without a trip to Graceland (well, technically it probably is possible but we weren't going to miss out on the experience). Mansion is a little bit grand name for it - it's really just a large house.
This is the first room you see and it was my favourite - those peacocks are just lovely! The rest of the house was just as you'd expect - a little bit over the top and not in very good taste, but considering Elvis died in the '70's it was probably all the latest fashion back then!
Above the pool table in the basement
A lot of the rooms were very dark and hard to photograph. I did snap this fabric covered ceiling though - an amazing amount of fabric was pleated for this. I really don't envy whoever had to install it all!
Lots of gold records.
The mansion was interesting to visit. Then there were the airplanes, the car museum, various other exhibits covering his childhood in Tupelo and his time in Hawaii .... and the largest number of gift shops I have ever, ever seen squashed into quite a small area!
We also visited Sun Studio and the Rock 'n' Soul museum.
And we had a really interesting tour round the Gibson guitar factory.
So, that was our weekend in Memphis! Did I mention we liked the BBQ? We might have to go back sometime for the food!!