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Travel tips USA, Memphis and Elvis!

Updated: Oct 1, 2022

Memphis in Tennessee, or Elvis Tennessee, because that's probably what most people think of when they go to this city.

Since I arrived again in the sunset, this street was my first target to see if there was actually as much pressure as everyone had said. Yes, - here it was a blow.

If you're going to Memphis, you can't miss Beale Street, where the sound of old blues legends still hangs in the walls. Today, the street is known for its many restaurants and bars with live music, where the atmosphere lasts well into the late hours of the night. I had a few pleasant hours here and met both Englishmen and Americans.

fra V: Bill, Liz, Irene og Chris

It's a bit funny that the first person you start talking to was a Manchester United fan, (like me) but when he heard that I was from Norway he says (bottom right): I really hope that Braut Haaland succeeds, at City, he is a really good young player. It will be fun to follow him, he says, and then we toast to it!

I popped into most of the bars and listened to the different bands and picked out a couple to listen to more tomorrow! Now it was early to bed because I had a busy schedule the next day! (what I didn't show was that in most bars they change bands very often, so it is not certain that you will find the same band in the same place the next day,)

Yes, the day started with a trip to Graceland, the home of Elvis. I bought a VIP ticket, but it's a waste because you end up queuing with everyone else anyway, I might have saved a few minutes, but it's not recommended.

Here you get a small impression of the house and interior and the back, which appeared somewhat neutral. When you start the tour, you get a guide around your neck with the story of the house's history that accompanies you on your tour both inside and outside. When you enter the house, you have to put yourself back in the 50s, so that you get that little extra perspective on all the luxury and his (and her) somewhat special taste. When you see that in reality, you get to know a little more about the person and the artist Elvis. The visit ends at the grave.

Since I wanted some different photos, I tried to drive up to the front of the house, to take a photo, but it took five seconds before the first guard stopped me, so it was just a bad photo outside the gate!

Most people know Elvis, but here are a few facts: Born Elvis Presley, January 8, died 1935, August 16, 1977 Humes High School, Tupelo, Mississippi Residence: Memphis Tennessee King of Rock 'n' Roll - Elvis Aaron Presley

On the opposite side of Graceland, there are a number of exhibitions dealing with the myth and the man Elvis. This museum has most of it, but you have to share the space with many others. So my tip is to get up early as there are fewer people, with all the advantages it has. There is no doubt that this is something Americans like to experience.

Elvis' car park was huge and it's a bit of fun to see how small his boat was. I have chosen not to present all the cars, so that something remains a "secret" until you come yourself.

The fact that he was concerned with looking like a star was something no one wants to know, then just count all the sequins.

I have to admit that it's fun to have been here, seen how he lived and all the costumes, cars, etc. he had. Elvis Presley came from very humble beginnings and grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll. In the mid-1950s he appeared on radio, television and the screen. On August 16, 1977, aged 42, he died of heart failure, which was related to his drug addiction. Since his death, Presley has remained one of the world's most popular music icons.

Early life: Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. (He later changed the spelling of his middle name to the biblical form of Aaron.) Presley was supposed to be a twin, but his brother, Jesse Garon (sometimes spelled Jessie) was stillborn. From very humble beginnings, Presley grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll.

Raised by loving, working-class parents, Presley's family had little money and moved from place to place frequently. He was deeply devoted to his parents, especially his mother Gladys, and was raised to have a strong faith in God. Presley attended the Assembly of God Church with his parents, where gospel music became an important influence for him. If you want to read the biography of Elvis - klikk her!

Sun Records:

Then the trip goes to Sun Studio, where the air vibrates with music history. Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ike Turner have all recorded mega hits in the tiny studio. This is exciting if you are a little interested in music, then you have to take the trip for the trip to be complete. Goes well with some black and white photos. Also worth seeing is the National Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Motel. It was here that Martin Luther King Jr. was shot on that fateful day in 1968 – and in room 306 everything is as it was that day. The rest of the museum deals with the history of the civil rights movement.

If you are interested in nature and outdoor life, you must also visit the world's largest store for all equipment for your nature experience. Wow. That everything is big in the USA, yes, they don't go out of their way to ensure that this myth lives on.

I am attaching the link to their web pages - click if you want to learn more.

As I said, the evening was used to listen to several good bands that filled the streets with a good atmosphere.

When you have to plan because you may have to choose either Memphis or Nashville, it will be the last, but I recommend that you bring both, then you have filled up your "memory book"! In any case, the tour goes on to Nashville tomorrow.

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