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HUNKA-HUNKA BURNIN’ LOVE…

We woke up on day two of the Memphis/Nashville Triple D Tour to a very overcast Memphis sky….the local weather girl was warning of showers throughout the day…

The Wife and I saddled up in the rental car and headed for Graceland….part of the Graceland complex is a little strip center that has a 5 or 6 different shops that you can tour and buy Elvis stuff….there’s even a Elvis Harley shop….I had done some internet searching before we left Houston to find out who served a grilled peanut butter/banana samich….there was a cafe in this strip center that touted the “Samich Fit For The King”….so…..this was our first stop….

THE KING’S SAMICH

The Rock-N-Roll Cafe was a nice little joint….nothing fancy….but it was a good spot to start our day with Elvis…we found a booth and sat and the waitress brought us some menus….and there it was…..a grilled peanut butter and banana samich…..$4.95….

We ordered….The Wife went with a cheese burger…..and we waited and listened to some 50’s rock and discussed what the day might hold…we were both excited to be going to Graceland and were hoping not to get caught in a down pour….

Our food arrived and my PB&B samich was less than impressive….not sure what I was expecting but this wasn’t what I saw Elvis living on …..I had to remind myself that looks aren’t what’s important…..the proof is in the taste…..which is supposed to be in the puddin’…..right…..uh…..whatever….

DOESN’T LOOK LIKE MUCH….BUT IS DANG GOOD

This little un-assuming samich was pretty darn good….not sure if Elvis invented this himself, or not, it was tasty….I’m from a long line of weird peanut butter samiches…..there’s PB& Cheese……and PB& Bologna…..(try them before you judge)…..but I’m telling you that PB& Nanners is wonderful….the bread was toasted and the PB sorta melted around the nanner…..I found my lip curling up and I really wanted to kneel on the floor and throw both my hands in the air….just as The King use to do…..but….I didn’t have a sequined cape and that’s one of those things The Wife would whump me for….

After breakfast we headed to the Graceland parking lot and no sooner had we bought our parking pass than the bottom dropped out and we sat in the car deciding on what to do….

Well….we hadn’t come this far not to go check things out so we dashed to a covered walkway and waited for the rain to subside with some other Gracelanders…my biggist worry was I was wearing my new bright green shirt from Marlowe’s and I could just see myself walking around with skin dyed bright green…

RAIN….RAIN….GO AWAY….

We finally waded in and bought our tickets….here’s a little Graceland advice from FatJoe….

FAT ELVIS AIN’T GOT NUTTIN ON FATJOE

1) there are 3 levels of tickets….$32, $36 & $70….not really sure what the $70 gets you but the middle ticket gave us a full day of Elvis….

YUP…..THE PINK CADDY

2) along with the tour of the house the $36 gets you 5 other exhibits on the property…..I would recommend the car museum, the airplanes, Elvis’s influence on culture….the two things that weren’t so hot were the ’68 Come Back Special, and the making of The Elvis Tour movie….

OK….THESE LETTERS BLINKED OFF AND ON….I TRIED BUT COULDN’T GET IT….THE WIFE GOT IT WITH ONE SHOT….

3) prepare to be there about 5-6 hours….

IF YOU GOTTA TRAVEL…..THIS ISN’T A BAD WAY TO GO

4) there were two other spots to by souvenirs off the Graceland property….the one across the street from the ticket office (on the same side of the street as the house) was the better of the two….

THE FAMOUS ENTRANCE TO GRACELAND

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We really enjoyed the tour of the house….you will take a bus across the street to the steps of Graceland….it wasn’t as big as I thought it would be but it’s pretty impressive…..very ’70s with tons of green shag carpet…..once you leave the house you walk into the Hall of Gold which houses all of Elvis’s gold records and a lot of his movie stuff….then you move into the racket ball court which has been turned into another display of costumes and records….

You’ll then move back across the street to the other exhibits….the car museum is very cool and the planes are very neat…

We paid for the ’68 Come Back TV Special and the making of the Elvis Tour Movie….both of these were in shops next to the Rock-N-Roll Cafe…..both of these were sorta disappointing….but we paid to see them….so we did….

We bought a couple of things at Graceland but as you can imagine they mark everything up….you have to bring something home from the actual place…..don’t you???

It was a great day….if you’re near Memphis….you have to go….

Next….some of the best Fried Chicken I’ve ever shoved in my PieHole…..

http://www.elvis.com/graceland

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