Memphis - Blues And BBQ - My Kind Of Town

Memphis Pyramid

The Pyramid is 23 stories tall. Originally, it was a sports arena. Renovations are now in progress for additional retail stores, restaurants, and offices
The Pyramid is 23 stories tall. Originally, it was a sports arena. Renovations are now in progress for additional retail stores, restaurants, and offices

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Memphis was home to me for 25 years. I raised my children there. I visit often since I still have relatives there. Memphis was named after the ancient capital of Egypt on the Nile River. That's why, when you visit, you'll see Egyptian icons dotting the city.

Downtown, the Pyramid structure seems to rise up, right out of the dessert. The Pyramid is 23 stories tall. Originally, it was a sports arena. Renovations are now in progress for additional retail stores, restaurants, and offices.

Beale Street

While down town you can soak up some mellow southern culture on Beale Street. You can hear the soulful strains of the blues drifting in and out of the many cafe's, and you will feel the mood of the great BB King and W C Handy. Most likely you'll be eating something fried or the famous barbeque that will reveal the very soul of Memphis.



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W C Handy and his horn
W C Handy and his horn
W C Handy and his horn

Peabody Hotel and the Peabody Ducks

People from all over the world have visited this luxurious hotel and watched the duck march. This video explains that they are not wild quackers, but pampered beyond belief. Also you will hear the authentic southern drawl. "Thank Que"








Memphis in May 2011

By the month of May, the town has thawed out from the winter, which means that strolling crowds and the sweet smell of Barbecue will gather at the river. Kenny Chesney sings a song that sums it up in this video, Big Bubba's Bar-B-Q at the MIM festival.

Kenny Chesney

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St. Jude Hospital

St Jude, cancer and research center for children has saved the lives of many children.

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Memphis Zoo

You can escape a boring Sunday afternoon at the Memphis Zoo. The architecture, Egyptian statues and fountains scattered throughout a luscious landscape will take you a world away. Animals are given the best environment and presented to visitors in a caring way.

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Japanese Gardens

One of the many gardens, popular for weddings and garden lovers. Beautiful. 



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Graceland

Known the world over by his first name. Elvis. He's the reason the whole world knows about Memphis. His statue is on Beale Street.

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GracelandElvis on the propertyThe Lisa MarieThe gate intrance
Graceland
Graceland
Elvis on the property
Elvis on the property
The Lisa Marie
The Lisa Marie
The gate intrance
The gate intrance

Every city has an ambiance all its own. I think Memphis has kept the traditions of the old south among all the high rises and modern conveniences. The riverboats that used to carry cotton up and down the river, now carry tourist. If you visit I promise, you'll go home feeling like you've been dipped in the river. You might even write a poem. I did.

I saw the sun go down in Memphis, hanging in a lazy sky

Sinking in the banks of the river, while the Mississippi Queen rolled by

Took a little stroll down Beale Street, where Handy's blues was born

Saw his immortal statue, In his hand the famous horn

The mood of the old river city, weaves the past and future alive

From the pomp of the newest building, to the old-timers shuffling jive

It's known the whole world over, not only for the blues

But for the ghost of Graceland, and yearly barbecues

There's a charm that ever lingers, as sweet as a southern drawl

I saw the sun go down in Memphis, and it beckons...Come back, y'all


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Gus 5 years ago

Beale Street, Memphis ribs, great music, I miss that place!


Lisa Hays 5 years ago

I love Memphis- but this mad me remember just how much I miss that town! This told me about everything I needed to know about Memphis! Love the poem!!!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a wonderful review of an entire city! I loved the video of the Peabody ducks. Amazing! You have certainly enticed people to go to Memphis on vacations. It is now on my list. Thanks for this interesting and beautiful hub. Voted that and more!


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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Peggy, I'm learning from you...Thanks


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Headed to Memphis next month and was wondering what to do. Thanks for some good ideas.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

bon voyage, tireless! Be sure to eat at Corky's, if you like Bar B Q. Or the Roundavous(not sure how to spell it). They have ribs. You eat with your fingers, and they give you a big huge napkin.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Yummy. Love the ribs idea. Thanks

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