Hello! Today's post is a continuation of my spring vacation series. We spent two days in Memphis, Tennessee. The morning of our first day, we went to Graceland. Then in the afternoon we toured downtown Memphis.
This is the only remaining original business on Beale Street. It was first opened in 1876, and now holds a lot of antiques and souvenirs, and also has a soda fountain.
We loved all the vintage neon signs on Beale Street.
Peabody Ducks. Now I live in the country, so I see ducks everyday and I have to work really hard to avoid hitting one in the street when I drive to work. But the history and story of these ducks really intrigued me, so we decided to go to the Peabody Hotel and see if we could find them. The Peabody is a beautiful, old, five star hotel in downtown Memphis. Prince Harry recently stayed there on a recent trip to America. In fact, he rented the entire top floor of the hotel. When we arrived at the hotel, a valet very kindly opened the door for us and I asked him where we could find the ducks. I was afraid he would tell me to go away, because I wasn't a guest of the hotel, but instead he told me exactly where the ducks were and when they would be escorted up to the roof top. We then proceeded to walk into this grand hotel and we saw a beautiful lobby which was filled with people enjoying fancy drinks and desserts. I then saw this beautiful fountain with the ducks swimming inside; but I was afraid to enter the carpeted area where the fountain was, because I thought the people eating and drinking were guests of the hotel and I didn't want to bother them. I later figured out that they come several hours before the official duck ceremony to get a good seat. They bring lap tops and books to read, as they wait for the duck ceremony to begin. Because we arrived only a mere hour before the ceremony, all the seats on the main floor were already taken so we had to go upstairs to the balcony to watch.
Our second day in Memphis was sunny, but bitter cold. Well, it was in the 50's, but the wind was very strong and bitter cold. This unfortunately was the day we took our riverboat ride. It would have been a much nicer ride if it had been in the 70's that day and we could have sat on the top deck and enjoyed the sunshine, but because of the cold, we had to sit inside and thankfully it was heated.
And finally, after our second visit to the Peabody Hotel to see the ducks, we decided to explore the gift shops and other features of the hotel. We learned all about Mr. Lansky and how he met and designed clothes for Elvis Presley, then we saw these old photo booths and decided to take some cute photos. It was a really fun time.
Have a great day! Amy