Monday, April 23, 2012

Elvis's Graceland: Not what I Expected

Elvis's house is smaller than I thought it would be. It was even kind of humble underneath the garish 1970s decor. Even the garish decor was not all that garish...for the 1970s. We got to tour the main floor of the mansion, the trophy room, the racquetball court now filled with costumes and gold records, and the Meditation Garden where Elvis, his parents, and paternal grandmother are buried. You can't deny this man oozed charisma, but after this tour I felt like I would have really liked him.

Elvis's Rec Room--Note Margaret and Bill, Photographers
Elvis bought this house in 1957 for $100,000 when he was just 22. He was making good on a promise to his parents, Vernon and Gladys, that he would someday give them a comfortable place to live. That he did. The name Graceland came with the house--Elvis bought it from a doctor who had named it after his favorite Aunt Grace.

 Wanna see some photos?

Living Room

The ridiculously difficult-to-photograph and famous Jungle Room

Elvis could watch the three major networks at the same time in his TV Room.
Elvis, his parents Vernon and Gladys, and his paternal grandmother Minnie Mae, are buried in the Meditation Garden beside the pool beside the house.

Graceland's Meditation Garden

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