Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Stuck Inside of New York with the Memphis Blues Again, Part II

On the first really nice day of weather of our trip, Nadia and I went to the Memphis Zoo, which was actually one of the better zoos I've been to. The big attraction was two pandas, Ya-Ya and Lee-Lee, but there were also the more standard zoo lineup: lions, monkeys and, of course, this guy.

For lunch one day, we went to Payne's BBQ, a restaurant that was converted from an old car garage. They serve primarily pork sandwiches, which were delicious. I heard about this place from a great guide called Kreature Komforts, and found that Sonic Youth liked Payne's so much, the band gave the restaurant a thanks in their linear notes for one of their albums.

The famous Beale Street.

Right off of Beale Street, there's this statue of Elvis Presley. I couldn't bring myself to posing with it (sorry, Jesse Katsopolis), but I did take a picture of it.

They sure like their Elvis 'round there.

At the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, they have a weird tradition involving ducks. At 11 a.m., a gaggle of five ducks come down from the roof led by a Duck Master, and stay in the hotel's indoor fountain until 5 p.m., in which they're led back up again by the aforementioned Master. You can read about it here.

A view of Memphis from atop the Peabody Hotel.

Nadia walking along the Mississippi River.

While driving back home, we went past Dinosaur World somewhere in Kentucky. Well, truth be told, we didn't altogether go past it, because we had to stop and take a picture of it.

Tomorrow, the last batch of pictures.