After Bonnaroo we decided to embark on a mini adventure even further West: Graceland, home of the King. Last year we wanted to but time just didn’t allow. Memphis is about five hours West of where Bonnaroo is….which in turn is five hours further away from home.
Graceland wasn’t what I expected. I mean, it is the home of Elvis Presley. It’s in the middle of a small town (or what at least seems like a small town). Memphis is a pretty glum area to be honest…Beale Street was alive and colorful, an oasis in the middle of fast food restaurants and used tired shops. The house itself wasn’t insanely huge either but it was beautiful. You enter the house and they give you headphones and a tape and when you enter each room it gives you the history of it. Pretty cool, I learned a lot of neat things I hadn’t otherwise known.
The creepiest part, when you walk into the foyer in the front of the house, is that you are standing underneath where Elvis was found (apparently). I read from a lot of sources online but of course, you can never know for sure. They don’t tell you that on the tour. All they say to you is that you are not allowed upstairs because it is a private area to Elvis and it always was so they wish to continue to respect his wishes. Upon further research I found out that no one has been upstairs since then. There’s a guard at the bottom of the stairs and at the top and the doors to his bedroom are locked. Employees that have been there for 20+ years haven’t even seen inside his room. The only people that have had access are the museum curator, Lisa Marie (daughter), Priscilla (wife) and Nicholas Cage (because he married Lisa many moons ago). Many celebrities have put in requests to see it but they’ve all been denied…they’ve even denied presidential requests. Really mysterious.
Since I was only using 400 speed film, a 50mm lens, and we weren’t allowed to use flash inside, I also took some photos with my iPhone and Ollo Clip.
So that’s that. Hope you enjoyed my photos! This was definitely an amazing tour and place to visit and I highly recommend it even if you aren’t an Elvis fan…it’s still really mind blowing to see his house exactly the way he left it. They haven’t changed anything inside. Everything is authentic. 🙂