The only cure for the blues is the Blues

Trip Start Sep 24, 2011
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Trip End Oct 11, 2011


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Saturday, October 1, 2011

I'm sitting here in my Elvis PJ's having just got in from BB Kings Blues Bar. I think you'll agree that I'm the coolest person you know, yes? :P

Another great day today. Kicked off with a few hours touring Elvis' Graceland mansion and the surrounding grounds and attractions, and I have to say I'm in love! Although he was a bit of a dog, you can't deny he was generally a good person who did a lot for music, and he was literally beautiful. Graceland was smaller than I had thought, but clearly extravagant compared to other houses in the neighbourhood and the tastes of the time, and his car and plane collections highlighted just how rich he actually was! Loads of stunning custom made cars and two jets are really just the tip of the big diamond encrusted iceberg of Elvis' life, and it was fascinating trying to understand what it may have been like to be there when his rock n roll years were in full swing.

After Graceland we headed back into town and mooched around. Saw the Peabody ducks going back up to the rooftop duck house via the red carpet and elevator which was well random, and spent a good few hours on Beale Street. Saw some big soul momma belting out some tunes then went over to BB Kings Blues Bar to see some fabulous music and soak up the atmosphere.

Although a lot of Memphis is very run down, and I didn't feel safe, it's a magical city where people seem to just want to dance and drink which is fine by me.

The only negative I will say about today is how disgusted I am at the price of everything. Graceland reached a new level of tourist rip off, charging $35 entry, $25 for a photo of you in front of a painting of the gates, $4 for a soda, $28 for PJ bottoms, cover charges to get into the bars...I could go on. It got to the point where I wanted to buy things (big woman's CD) but refused to pay it. $20 for a CD of an unsigned singer? I could've bought an Elvis album for that. Really ridiculous. Memphis has swallowed too much money from us, but I look forwards to seeing more tomorrow - hopefully for free!
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