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Ducks, Ducks, Ducks

Ducks! They are everywhere! What a marketing brand the Peabody has created. From the little duck bars of soap in the hotel rooms, to the inlaid marble floor in the elevators, to the duck drawing with legend printed on the bar napkins to the real live ducks that swim in the hotel lobby fountain every day, the Peabody Hotel has the duck market cornered. You must stop and see the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and make sure it is at either11 AM or 5 PM when the ducks march.

The Peabody Hotel is located in downtown Memphis a few blocks from the Mississippi River and within walking distance to Beale Street. We stayed at the hotel for a couple of nights to experience the food, the blues, the rock-and-roll and of course the ducks.

Across from the Peabody is South Second Street. It looks more like an alley than a street. About half way down the street is the Rendezvous restaurant that has served the famous Memphis BBQ dry-style rib for over 50 years. The ribs were good, but for my taste not as good as the ones served in Atlanta at the Tavern at Phipps.

Memphis' Beale Street is one of the most vibrant streetscape and activity center and one of the hottest entertainment districts in the country. Over the past 20 years, the street has gone from the epitome of urban decay to the number one tourist attraction in the State of Tennessee. We drank many beers, saw a lot of live music, played pool and watched people make fools of themselves with Karaoke. Time flies on Beale Street, we ended up closing a blues music place in the wee hours of the morning.

Elvis too! The legend continues. Like the ducks at the Peabody Hotel, Elvis is everywhere. Memphis, along with Las Vegas has the Elvis market cornered.

Memphis was an interesting stop. Tunica's gambling has brought development, jobs and tourist dollars to a poor part of Mississippi near Memphis. There are discussions to bring some of those dollars and tourists to Memphis to help continue the redevelopment of this historic city.

Will I return?
The Peabody Hotel ...been there - done that!
Elvis - sorry, not interested!





Photos from Memphis