visited graceland this year
I visited memphis/graceland for the second time in january this year, it was a 40th birthday present from my fiancee. I clearly remember the very first time i went (2 years ago and in january again), the first thing i remember seeing as we arrived in the evening was the lisa marie being lit up by the spotlights around her, i distinctly remember thinking 'yes son, you have arrived in the promised land', we went up e.p. boulevard turned around and came back down only to see graceland so beautifully lit up with all the lights and natvity scene etc, the feeling that hit me was awesome i did'nt know what to think or do on the moment i saw the mansion.
Nothing could prepare me for the trip that i was to take around the house, as has been said already i experienced every single emotion that a person can go through, walking through the front door i half expected elvis himself to be standing at the top of the stairs to welcome me in, no matter what the weather is like outside the mansion always feels so warm and homely to me and it's a feeling that dont have even in my own house!!.
The hall of gold was the first thing that really sent shivers through me, i have seen it hundreds of times in books on film etc, but nothing can prepare you for seeing it with your own 2 eyes, it really hammers home the point that elvis was indeed a very unique and extraordinary person with a god given talent and these were accolades to testify to the fact.
As you go through the house there is moments where you think you have seen it all, but all that changes as soon as you see the meditation garden, I remember standing there feeling every single ounce of pain that a person could endure and the tears came very very easily, all i could really think was that it was not fair that he should no longer be with us and that he deserved a long a fruitful life as opposed to the one that he had at the end.
I thought after visiting the first time that surely the second time would be easier, but no, it was even harder to comprehend, it was a dream come true to visit, as i left i kissed a coin, threw it in the fountain and promised 'E' that i would come back and see him again, and you can bet your sweet a** that i will.
To anyone who has never been, SAVE ALL YOU HAVE AND PLEASE VISIT THE HOME OF THE KING, YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED. cheers for reading this, rick.