As we registered at the Graceland RV Park, we learned of Marlow’s Restaurant. They offer a ‘pick-up and deliver’ service to RV’ers. That is, they pick you up in a pink limousine and drive you to the restaurant. We put our planned dinner in the refrigerator and called Marlow’s. We had a very nice Memphis bar-b-que dinner and back to the trailer for the evening. This, along with the other public transportation available by being next to Graceland, allowed us to keep the truck hitched to the trailer.
Thursday was our day to spend at Graceland. We walked over to the entry and boarded the van for the trip across the street. Graceland has not changed since Elvis passed away, the décor is ‘seventies’ including shag carpeting on the walls and ceiling is a few rooms. This was a self guided tour with head phones and a digital player.
Judie was very impressed by the exhibit, respecting Elvis more as she left then when she started. His deep faith in God and philanthropic work with charities in the Memphis was never heavily publicized and surely was great to learn.
His gravesite, along with his folks, is a very somber spot to be. People were chatting throughout the tour, but, the gravesite area was absolutely quiet.
Back across the street we toured the Auto Museum, wardroom museum, and the two airplanes before wandering thru the gift stores.
After a rest in the trailer and a walk with the dogs, we decided to make our way to Beale Street in downtown Memphis. We took a taxi to the downtown area, and asked the driver his recommendation for dinner. ‘No question, the Rendezvous is the best restaurant in town’. After roaming the few blocks around the area, and going into the Peabody Hotel (where we missed the duck parade by 10 minutes), we went to the restaurant for an early dinner.
Down the narrow alley, enter the building and down the stairs to our table! And, it is the best dry-rub B-B-Q (outside of Ed’s!) We had a great time in the ambience of an antique dining room! We enjoyed the original stained glass and the brick walls.
Back up the stairs, thru the alley and walked along Beale St. to the designated shuttle pickup. Beale Street had a lot of small restaurants and bars with live music. The street was closed to vehicles and it was obvious that this is a big music and gathering area. We also enjoyed watching the horse and carriage vendors, as they were lighted for the evening.
Back at ‘home’ it was a laundry and early to bed evening as we traveled the next day to Lebanon MO.