Where did you go?
Memphis, Tenn., home of the King of rock 'n' roll.
Where did you stay?
Sleep Inn at Court Square. It's a block from a wide bend in the Mississippi River and within walking distance to trolley lines, the horse-drawn carriage circuit, and famous Beale Street. The hotel features a wonderful breakfast complete with silver-dollar pancakes and hard-boiled eggs.
What did you do?
We saw a retrospective of this year's master metalsmith, Elliott Pujol, on display at the National Ornamental Metals Museum. It's an exhibit that includes hand-wrought copper and silver bowls, large copper vessels, and barbed-wire pieces. Walked to the National Civil Rights Museum and the Gibson Guitar Factory, and attended a peace conference at the Gandhi Center. One morning, we watched four mallard ducks waddle along a red carpet from the elevator to the ornate fountain in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel. They make their entrance to a John Philip Sousa march twice daily, and swim in the fountain. If you want photos, go early - they draw big crowds.
Where did you eat?
The Blue Plate Café on Court Square, across from the hotel. We had wonderful white-bean soup and the best biscuits ever. Ask for the Red Eye gravy!
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