It’s been too long since my last post, and I apologize for my absence. But, there’s only one of me, and I can’t always do all the things, something I’m slowly coming to learn and appreciate.
After the launch of the shop, and with the crazy goals I set for myself at the start of the year, I realized it was getting so stressful that I was missing out on all the fun. All of a sudden, knitting, which got me started on this journey in the first place, had taken a back seat, and blogging felt like a chore. So I decided to allow myself more freedom; to write when I feel like I have something to say, and to make when that’s all I want to do! Otherwise, I didn’t feel like I was being authentic or true to myself.
Long story short, here I am…writing to you from Nashville, Tennessee!
Those of you reading this who follow me on Instagram know that I have been on vacation with my family in Memphis, Jackson, and now Nashville, TN.
We spent a few days in Memphis, where we ate too much BBQ, spent long afternoons playing with Anya, saw an unimpressive duck show at the Peabody Hotel, pretended to be University of Kentucky fans while walking with the NCAA crowds on Beale St., and rode the tallest free-standing elevator in the country!
If we’re being honest, Memphis was quite underwhelming. The downtown seemed deserted at all times (except when all the basketball fans were in town), none of the BBQ was as good as what we get from our local smokehouse in Astoria, and Graceland was not worth the hype.
True, we didn’t get to see some of the other museums, and we didn’t go out to any of the live music venues (baby and no babysitter). But, in comparison, we’ve been in Nashville for half a day, and we already love it so much more (more on that in a future post)!
A definite must if you happen to be in Memphis is the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. This is where Martin Luther King Jr was staying, and where he was shot and killed in 1968. The museum is filled with history, videos and interactive maps, from the beginnings of slavery in the United States to the sanitation strike that took place in Memphis.
If you are traveling with mobile children, we also highly recommend Overton Park. We didn’t have time to visit the zoo, but there is a great playground for kids of all ages, equipped with slides and mazes and hammocks. Anya loved it! Plus, there’s a picnic area and a park that feels like you’re walking through a forest.
Other things we did in Memphis
- Walk around downtown. Even though it was deserted, we found a lovely coffee shop that we went to 4 times, including one for free for being such loyal temporary customers!
- Graceland. Overpriced and over the top, but I guess we should expect nothing less from Elvis.
- Beale st. Imagine if Bourbon Street went on a diet.
- Peabody Hotel. Over 1000 people showed up to watch ducks walk for 15 seconds.
- The Pyramid and the tallest free-standing elevator in the country. Why does this exist, and why does it have a boat store inside?
Mealtimes, coffee and drinks
- Central BBQ. Why can I get better Memphis style ribs in New York City?
- Brother Juniper’s. A diner with excellent food and massive portions.
- Loflin Yard. Excellent cocktails and food, and Anya learned how to play connect 4 (you just have to throw the pieces around to win, right?).
- 387 Pantry. The four time coffee shop. Definitely worth a trip.
- Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. Nice and spicy fried chicken! Also, what is chess pie?
- The BBQ Shop. Besides the baked beans, this was even more disappointing than Central BBQ.
- Agave Maria. Anya was in a mood, I wasn’t hungry, and the waiter asked if we were ok literally every 3 minutes. They also had food. But the cocktail I had was both very good and very necessary!
Big Cypress Lodge at the Pyramid. I thought Graceland was over the top, our hotel had taxidermy everywhere and there was a giant store in the middle. Our “view,” from our balcony no less, was into the store. Oh and by store I mean there were fake bayous with real catfish and alligators. Anya did enjoy running around in the store though!
Now we’re off to explore Nashville, so I’ll leave you to it. But I promise to be back soon with more travel entries. Have a great Monday!
P.S. My editor, a.k.a. my husband, may have contributed to this post a little!