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In case some of you noticed I was MIA from WordPress over the last two+ weeks, it was because my husband and I were on vacation, and I’m always leery about announcing that my home will be empty—on the world wide web especially—but we’re back now and I’m ready to post some images.

Pretty much last minute, we decided to go to Hot Springs, AR. Knowing it was a 12-hour drive ahead of time, we decided very quickly that we were going to spend the night somewhere; approximately halfway. Halfway for us ended up being Jackson, TN.

The next morning we decided to stop in Memphis, TN to check out Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion. It was a neat experience, but “mansion” it was not; at least not compared to today’s standards.

The following mural is located across the street where you hop on a bus for the tour, and where you can get your picture taken by a hired photographer.

Click image for larger view. (5D Mark II, 50mm, ISO 160, 1/50 sec @ f/3.5)

By the way, flash photography and tripods were strictly forbidden, so the pictures I’m posting are far from great. In addition, I was having brain farts—and have been for quite some time—as to what manual setting(s) I should use (why I stayed at and around f/4 in aperture priority mode is beyond me?!), so my EXIF data will most likely look off to the professional photographer. 🙂

This crystal chandelier was the first thing I noticed as I walked into Elvis’ home—I actually noticed it before walking in. It’s a bit fancy for my taste, but very pretty nonetheless.

Click image for larger view. (5D Mark II, 50mm, ISO 100, 1/100 sec @ f/4)

This brightly colored Graceland Living Room was to the right just as you walk in the front door. Fancy schmantzy if you ask me!

Click image for larger view. (5D Mark II, 50mm, ISO 800, 1/40 sec @ f/4)

The oil painting below of young Elvis was hanging in the stairway leading upstairs, which by the way was absolutely, without a doubt, prohibited—Apparently, Nicholas Cage, was and still is the only person (aside from Priscilla, Lisa-Marie, and Graceland’s Curator) that has been welcomed to visually experience Elvis’ private sanctuary.

I was bummed because I was looking forward to comparing my Vaughan-Bassett “Elvis Presley Collection” bedroom furniture to his, which was “Elvis-inspired.”

Click image for larger view. (5D Mark II, 50mm, ISO 1600, 1/50 sec @ f/4)

The King of Rock ‘n Roll was clearly rockin’ some serious wood and wood paneling in the Graceland Kitchen.

Click image for larger view. (5D Mark II, 50mm, ISO 3200, 1/20 sec @ f/4)

How’s this for wild and crazy? Mirrors covering the entire ceiling in the Graceland TV Room… All walls leading down the stairs were covered in mirrors as well. I can’t imagine what that would be like, especially after a few beers.

Click image for larger view. (5D Mark II, 50mm, ISO 3200, 1/30 sec @ f/4)

Just another view of the Graceland TV Room…

Click image for larger view. (5D Mark II, 50mm, ISO 3200, 1/50 sec @ f/4)

Here’s the Graceland Pool Room, which happens to be decorated with some serious fabric.

Click image for larger view. (5D Mark II, 50mm, ISO 3200, 1/40 sec @ f/4.5)

Yep, it’s on the ceiling too.

Click image for larger view. (5D Mark II, 50mm, ISO 3200, 1/40 sec @ f/4.5)

As titled, this is Part 1 of the tour I am sharing with you. I hope you are enjoying it and please stay tuned for more in the next day or two.

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