Memphis, here we come!

Day 6 of our Retirement Trip: We left very early anticipating a long drive, and as it turns out, we made it to the Peabody Hotel just in time for the 5 pm Duck March!

They roll out the red carpet from the fountain centerpiece of the Lobby, where the Quintet of Peabody Ducks have spent their day since 11 am, to return via elevator to their rooftop Palace! (for some history on the Legend of the Peabody Ducks, just CLICK!)

After a short rest, we made our way to Beale Street to the BB King Blues Club where I wanted to introduce Jim to Will Tucker of the Will Tucker Band. I met him and his lovely mother two years ago when the Royal Oak Children’s Choir was on tour there. The MS aged girls went absolutely Ga-ga over him! Will has been playing Blues on his guitar and singing since he was only 14 years old – and is now 18, graduated from HS and attending College.

We had a rather strange experience, as it was lined up out the door when we arrived at 7 pm – a 45 minute wait! After a brief hesitation, I said, “We don’t know quite what to do as Laurie Tucker is expecting us!” JUST the right thing to say – we went right in and were fortunate to sit at Laurie and Don’s table! What a fun evening! Will plays some of his own music and covers of Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendricks, and Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd (which we danced to 🙂

Then we found a band that played Rockabilly, which Jim loves! It was the evening in Memphis that we had been looking forward to!

GRACELAND!

Day 7 of our Retirement Trip: We slept in a bit then took off for…..you guessed it……GRACELAND! For the King of Rock and Roll, his home is very modest. While understated and not large from the outside, the inside is very opulent and gilded, like Elvis’ costumes!

I love the stained glass in the Living Room that frames the most important thing in his life – his music room. The colors of the entire house are taken from the colors of the glass.

The glitz can be seen in the many crystal Chandeliers and the mirrors everywhere – including surrounding the stairs to the second floor and to the basement!

After touring the yard, the racket ball court, which houses Elvis’ Platinum ablums, and viewing the modest sized pool near the Memory Garden, we saw Elvis’ museum of cars. I’ll let the pics do the talking!

After viewing the “Lisa Marie” Jet we headed out to have lunch at SOB – South of Beale, a restaurant that was advertised on Triple D (Diner’s Drive-in’s and Dives) – and SOB was neither!

We relaxed in the Hotel Lobby with “Tea at the Pea” (that’s my own phrase :). Well, actually it was Coffee….and yummy Tiramisu!

Since we saw the Duck March the day before, Jim decided to take a nap while I went up to the roof top to check out the view and get my last rays of sunshine before heading back north. It was warm and windy, and the clouds were a fluffy gray and white. After viewing the Mississippi, the dome and other sights of Memphis, I relaxed in the rockers they have up there enjoying the sun on my face. I then got the biggest treat! I heard a muffled “quack, quack….quack quack!” The Quintet of ducks had arrived on the roof after their ride up the elevator and were on their way to Duck Palace! What a sight of waddles! So adorable. They went in the large cage, took a huge gulp of water from the Palace pond, and proceeded to go to sleep! They were exhausted after their full day of swimming in the Lobby Fountain and entertaining all the tourists! What a sweet way to finish our tour of Memphis!

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