Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Bouquet of Roses

Here's a bouquet of roses to tie you over.  I've got a busy couple of days coming up and I'm not sure how much time I'll get to edit and comment on photos.  Looking ahead, more St. Louis, a lavender farm and more.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Jewel Box in Forest Park

The Jewel Box in Forest Park is one of my favorite stops in St. Louis.  In the summer the grounds are resplendent with it floral display and the lilies in the lily pond were in bloom. Built in 1936 the Jewel Box is owned by the Parks and Rec Dept. and is a public viewing green house.  

During the holidays they have special floral displays inside.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Crown Candy Kitchen

After a busy 24 hours in Memphis we drove back to St. Louis for more adventure and food.  Crown Candy Kitchen did not disappoint.  Located in an older part of St. Louis city it still has the feel of an old time soda fountain.  They are known for their BLT's and chocolate shakes.

Outside a man was playing the steel drum and giving some lessons to kids as they waited for a table.
Small inside.  We waited about 30 minutes to get in.
In addition to the eat in place there is the candy store section.
At our table, but now defunct, an old jukebox.
The best.
Even better.  Probably a pound of bacon on each sandwich.  I posted this pic on Facebook if it looks familiar.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Salons of Memphis

Here are two of the beauty salon's across the street from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.  I was fascinated by the brightly painted brick.

Saturday, August 6, 2016


Now these are some boots.  They belonged to Isaac Hayes and were on display at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.   Several songs come to mind, none but Hayes: These boots were made for walking, Those were the days my friend.....

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

After the yummy BBQ the next day we went to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.  "It begins with sweet soul music in the parking lot the minute you arrive.  Inside you'll enjoy videos, interactive exhibits, a dance floor, and more than 2,500 artifacts that tell the story of American soul music with a focus on Stax Records." Celebrating the music of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Ike and Tina Turner, Booker T and the MG's, Aretha Franklin and many others.

 Well it all begin in an African Methodist Episcopal Church with gospel.

 Remember Soul Train?....if you are of a certain age.

 Above and below are shots of Isaac Hayes car.  All the gold you see is real gold.  Love the fur interior.

Connected with the Museum is the Stax Music Academy and The Soulsville Charter School.  Comprising the Soul Foundation, non-profit organization, they are dedicated to preserving the heritage of Memphis' Soulsville neighborhood and providing educational opportunities for the community's youth.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Central BBQ

After visiting Graceland and the National Civil Rights Museum we went to Central BBQ for dinner.  It was light when we went in and dark when we came out.  Cathy's son's friend is the manager there and he set us up with all sorts of food.  The ribs though were the best ribs I've ever had.  Along with that came greens, slaw, biscuits, and sweet lemonade.  

After we ate he took us on a tour of the kitchen.  Above you see pork shoulders (I think) roasting for tomorrow's hungry crowd.  They'll be shredded for shredded pork sandwiches which also look fabulous.