Monday, March 7, 2011

Memphis Trip Recap

To say that I packed the most into 3 days of travel is an understatement. I swear I'll break it into two parts! As soon as we got checked into the hotel, we hit the ground running. My first stop in Memphis for the weekend was shopping! I visited my favorite vintage store, Flashback Inc. I was on the hunt for some great vintage housewares and ended up not being disappointed. I walked away finding a great canister set and an owl cookie jar.

Once the shopping was done, it was off to the National Civil Rights Museum. During my last trip to Memphis, I was able to see the outside of the Lorraine Motel (the site where MLK was assassinated) but was unable to tour the museum because of the time crunch. This time around, I was not going to miss going through the museum. 
I'm so glad I was able to tour the museum because it literally takes you inside the motel. You get to learn the history of day MLK was killed and learn more about the hunt for his killer. You learn the history of the civil rights movement and get to see memorabilia from the 1960's. They also take you across the street to a second building to see the viewpoint of the hotel from where it's believed the shot was fired. 
 
Memphis City Bus from the 1960's & the room in which the famous shot was fired

After leaving the NCRM, it was off to dinner at Marlowe's. If you're looking for some amazing food and great BBQ then look no further. Each table at Marlowe's is decorated in different Elvis themes...


After dinner, I got to meet Sandi Pichon. If you're a huge Elvis fan then no further introduction is needed. If not... Sandi met Elvis when she was 11 years old, in fact his mother even served her lemonade at their home in Memphis. She was in Elvis' circle and has 2 published books, one being all photos of Elvis touring. I can't say enough about her, she was and probably is one of the nicest people I have ever met. I can't wait to see her again in August. 

Sandi and I
Once I was done getting my eat on...
The club sandwich...amazing!

..it was off to Beale Street! I hit up some of my favorite stores Tater Reds. I proceeded to spend my life savings on candles.
The weather held out while we were on Beale Street. It had been raining off and on all day long. Exhaustion finally hit at this point and it was off to the hotel. Tomorrow I'll finish telling about my trip to Memphis which included Graceland, Stax Museum and the Heartbreak Hotel!

19 comments:

K-Fun said...

So sorry we missed each other! Next time!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oh my gosh how fun!

JMJE said...

It sounds like you packed in a lot and had a great trip. I like the canisters also !

Steph said...

Oh my! I'm in love with that canister set. I desperately need to find a set of those.

Kerr said...

I have never been to memphis but always wanted to go. your sandwich is making me hungry!

Kelly Marie said...

aww looks like so much fun!! & interesting to boot!

(Florida) Girl said...

Fun. Fun. Fun. I could use a vacation.

SLM said...

Looks like you had a great time!!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

How fun! Whenever I go to Memphis I always eat a ton - great food!

Sunshinemeg said...

What a fun trip! I know how much you love Memphis, so I know you were in Heaven! Love it! Enjoy your day.

tara said...

Sounds like a fun-filled trip! I haven't been to memphis since I was a kid, but i'd love to go back!

Miranda said...

I LOVE reading about your adventures :-)
Did you buy that canister set?!?!! My grandma had the SAME SET when I was growing up!! Brings back memories!! LOVE IT!

samnhal said...

That's so awesome that you were able to go back and see things that you missed last time. I didn't know the museum went into the hotel where he was killed, that's really cool.

Bird Shit and Baby Caca said...

Looks like a great vacation, I'm jealous!!!

Meghan said...

I've always wanted to go to Memphis - especially the Civil Rights Museum! Thanks for posting these awesome pics!

JG said...

What a cool trip!

The Adventures of Maverick & the Mrs. said...

Glad you had fun in Memphis! There's definitely no shortage of entertainment there! Love the pictures!

WALL- e said...

just wanna say, that you had a wonderfull life. Thanks awesome travelers

Llama said...

How funnnnn! Those candles are so pretty!