Saturday, April 04, 2009

Graceland, Memphis, TN

Well, I was heading towards Minneapolis (MSP) but got lost at DCA and didn't find Terminal A on time (my first ever trip on Northwest - who knew they were in the OLD termnal!?!?!).

So, I missed my flight to Indianapolis (IND) by 2 minutes (they gave my seat away). So, after some very helpful gate staff, I was soon on a flight to Memphis (MEM).

When I got there, I waited for a standby seat on 3 different flights, but none worked out, so I decided to just wait for the one I had a seat on - but I had a five hour wait.

My first thoughts were Beale St. or Sun Records, but with the way the day was going, I just didn't trust that plan. Then I saw a sign, "Graceland and Heartbreak Hotel, only minutes away".

So I hoped in a cab and we zipped right over. I toured around the outside (saw the "Lisa Marie" and "Hound Dog" airplanes, went in the gift shop) and then, crossed over Elvis Preseley Blvd. to ... Graceland.

There were the famous gates, the old house set up on a slight hill (surrounded by strip malls now). The stone wall was covered with graffiti - similar to Abbey Road Studios. I hung around for a while, had my picture taken by a German couple and headed back to the waiting cab.

Took one look over at the kinda tacky looking Heartbreak Hotel (looked like a Hampton Suites Inn in Urbana, IL!) and was back at the airport.

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