This time last year, I had been feeling rather frustrated with the daily routine that was my life. Don't get me wrong, I loved my job and the people I worked with, but I was longing for something more. I found myself constantly looking up destinations on Pinterest every chance I got. I dreamed of visiting these places, meeting new people and eating and drinking the local cuisine and beer.
My last few days in Nashville consisted of wandering around the city and just seeing where the day would take me. Between the famous Sweet Potato Pancakes at Pancake Pantry (I'm still dreaming of them),the Parthenon, the talented upcoming musicians at the Blue Bird Cafe and the local craftbeer, I was not disappointed in what I found. I also paid a visit to the Nashville Zoo, because A) I love zoos and B) they have the largest exhibit of anteaters in the nation (my college mascot). Unfortunately, the zoo decided to take the anteaters off exhibit to breed them and they put up a kangaroo exhibit in their place. Luckily, it was the coolest kangaroo exhibit I'd ever seen so I wasn't too upset. And of course, what Nashville vacation would be complete without listening to music and dancing the night away on Broadway?!
Nashville. What can I say about Nashville, other than the fact that this was the city I was most excited to visit and I couldn't have thought of a better city to end my trip. My days in Music City basically consisted of drinking good beer and listening to country music. But don't worry, I did manage to take a break from Broadway and get a little culture by visiting some museums and other historical sites. Overall, I couldn't have imagined a better trip, well, maybe if I had met a Southern cowboy to bring home, but let's not get into that and just focus on the awesome pics I took :)
After Graceland, I did a little exploring around the streets of Memphis. My first stop was a visit to High Cotton Brewing, where I talked to the brewer for 3 hours! After talking to him about all of their plans for the upcoming year, I'm really excited to see what this place has in store for the future. Afterwards, I stopped at the site where MLK was shot, had some Memphis style BBQ and even listened to some music on Beale Street. The next day I paid a visit to the legendary Sun Studio, where people like Elvis and Johnny Cash got their start and then headed over to Gus' Fried Chicken where I proceeded to have the best fried chicken of my life. I spend the rest of the day just walking around downtown and taking in the sights.
As much as it pained me to leave New Orleans, I decided that the next leg of my adventure would be a trip to Memphis to pay a visit to the King of Rock and Roll. Never in a million years did I ever think I would visit Memphis but I am sure glad I did. It was very interesting to visit Graceland and see the place Elvis called home. There were so many things you could do in Graceland that you could literally spend the whole day there. However, due to finances, I decided to just take a tour of the house and property. So here are some of the pictures I took while walking around the property. Enjoy!