Monday, April 9, 2012

Graceland....Memphis, Tennessee

Another highlight of our trip was visiting Graceland. The photos just don't do it justice, as we weren't allowed to use a flash as they damage the furniture and artworks, so all photo's were taken on my iphone minus the flash.

One thing about Graceland is how well organised it is. People are escorted through in an orderly manor. When you arrive you are given a headset which gives you a guided tour all along the way through the home. The home is magnificent. I loved it.

This is the first room you see as you enter the front door and is on your right. It is beautiful, and when you consider Elvis lived here in the 70's...he was pretty comfortable for the times.

I won't show you every room as I took about 70 photo's. It is a large home for the times, and even though every American I spoke to that had been there said to me, they liked it but were surprised at how small it was, I thought it was huge.

This is the kitchen, nice carpet, and massive. Every appliance known to man. CCTV was had by Elvis even back then, even a microwave-type oven! A dated looking thing that was huge, but the same type of thing. I'm telling you it looked pretty modern compared to kitchens in Australia of the 70's.

This room was one of my favourites as it was covered floor to ceiling in fabric, and pretty funky fabric at that. It was pleated all over. It was the pool room. Even though the walls, the ceiling, the furniture and everything was covered in the same fabric, it actually worked together in a way only someone like Elvis could do.

Maybe the splash of red leather chairs just broke up the excessive fabric enough to make it work. I did love this room, as did Elvis apparently. He had plently of parties in this room.

 The lights above the pool table were stained glass. They were gorgeous also.

Outside the pool room, was the staircase, the walls and ceiling were covered in green pile carpet which leads up to the famous "jungle room". This was unreal. I have never seen anything like it. I just loved it. Are you ready to see it???

This is the jungle was full of jungle themed items and jungle furniture. It was so amazing. That green pile carpet was just unbelievable and reserved so well. Everything was just as he left it. In the corner of the room was a staircase that lead up to Elvis' private quarters which nobody was allowed to go to. When he was alive, he never took people up there, so to show him respect, nobody is allowed up there now, but family.

Here is a huge painting of Elvis...oh and me :)

At the end of the tour, it ends at the cemetry of Elvis and his family. It's a pretty sombre place & you can't help but get emotional.

Graceland is on our top 10.


Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

It must have an amazing feeling, just being there....fantastic photos..

Anonymous said...

WOW! I'm not a huge Elvis fan but this house would amaze me and I'm sure I'd LOVE it too :) Love history and love the fact they don't let anyone in his private room :)