Today was probably one of my most favorite days so far on tour.
Visiting the home of not just Elvis Presley as we know him in this day and age, but a man who revolutionized music in his time, a musician who broke boundaries between black and white, a charitable man who always wanted to help others and a lost soul who got in too deep when the fame become too much.
Before going to Graceland, the bus stopped at the Lorraine Motel in Memohis, the site of where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated back in 1968.
We went to pay our respects and visit the motel which is now next to the Civil Rights Museum.
MLK Jr RIP ➕
From there we were given a whole half a day at Graceland to explore the home of the King. See his kitchen, office, ‘Jungle Room’ and his stables and riding fields.
In the grounds of Graceland, in the Meditation Garden lays Elvis Presley as well as some of his family that lay to rest with him.
After going through his house, billiard room and office and listening to the huge guided tour through an iPad and headset, the whole story was told step by step, so when it came to the Meditation Garden, it was no wonder that myself and many others around me become emotional.
I’m very glad that I’ve had the opportunity to visit the home of someone like no other, Elvis Presley.
I grew up listening to the music my mother would always have on.
She loves and adores Elvis Presley.
It wasn’t until today that I was able to gain a whole new respect for his music and what my mother would talk about all these years.
This visit is for you Mum! You’ll visit one day too, I know it!
After exploring every possible inch of Graceland, going through the Elvis Presley Car Musuem and having a peanut butter and banana toasted sandwich (one of Elvis’ favorite meal) at Rockabilly’s Burger Shop, the coach took us to Sun Studios on Union St.
Sun Studios is the birth place for the music of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and many other recent artists have recorded there including U2 and Def Leppard.
The tour of Sun Studios was one of my favorite local tours on contiki, the place was amazing and full of such incredible history. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone who is in Memphis!
From there, a couple of us chose the contiki optional to go to the Rock and Soul Museum.
The museum focused on where the black soul music originated, out in the fields on the outskirts of Memphis.
It told stories of how music evolved not only in Memphis, but around the world during the 1950’s and 1960’s.
After exploring the museum, it was back to the hotel to get ready for another night on Beale St!
Myself and a couple of other girls gathered together in one of the rooms drinking, doing hit and makeup, eating celery and peanut butter and shared stories of home.
It was a great little night of bonding. These girls are all my family 💜
We had dinner at a restaurant called Rendezvous Ribs. It’s specially is dry rub ribs which we shared with cider to continue or fun evening 🙂
Once we had a full meal, we made our way back to Beale St for karaoke at a little bar which I can’t remember the name of.