Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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.
Monday, August 8, 2016
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.
In addition to the eat in place there is the candy store section.
Even better. Probably a pound of bacon on each sandwich. I posted this pic on Facebook if it looks familiar.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Thursday, August 4, 2016
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
After we toured Graceland we headed over to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. The museum at the Lorraine Motel opened in 1991 and tells of why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Memphis. On the balcony of the Lorraine Motel is where Dr. King was assasinated. He stayed in Room 306 which is where the wreath is hanging.
On April 3, the night before his assassination he gave a speech at the Mason Temple Church. He had been called to Memphis to support a sanitation worker's strike. Just after six pm he was standing on the balcony when a sniper hit him. You can read about it HERE. MLK was only 39 years old. You could tour and see inside of room 306 and 307 the adjacent room and look outside on to the balcony.
This was a photograph of his suitcase packed up. What I love about it is that there is his book, 'Strength to Love' tucked in the side. It is one of my go-to books for inspiration. The museum is very nicely done and poignant and inspiring for what is happening today.
Monday, August 1, 2016
After arriving back from Lake Geneva, WI to St. Louis Cathy, my friend, and I hopped in her car and headed off to Tennessee to see some sights in Memphis. Particularly we wanted to see Graceland, Elvis' home. We were in Memphis for 24 hours and it did not disappoint.
Above and below are photos of the gates to Graceland. They were beautiful and people wrote their names in the bricks as a sign of memorial. The gate itself had Elvis outlined in steel.
His living room.
His billiards room.
His 'media' room.
Some of the King's attire.
And this is Graceland, not really all that big.