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Huffington Post Blogger Kevin Ryan Shares His Graceland Experience

March 07, 2013

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Fans travel from near and far to experience the place Elvis called home. Huffington Post blogger Kevin Ryan shares his Graceland experience during the 2013 Birthday Celebration in a new blog on

In a detailed account of his journey to Memphis, Ryan writes about the experience millions of Elvis fans have traveled from around the world to witness. In his witty and often specific account of his tour of Graceland, Ryan describes each room of the mansion, calling Elvis' Racquetball Trophy Room the "Sistine Chapel of Graceland."

"After passing through halls filled with gold records and movie costumes, photographs and posters, we came to Elvis' racquetball building," writes Ryan. "Dark walls were covered floor to ceiling with awards, records and other signs of his musical achievements. I wasn't the only one with my mouth hanging open."

After his tour, Ryan talks about not being able to shake "the spell of Graceland" and points out how fans lingered around attempting to take in all of Elvis' accomplishments.

"When I crossed the Mississippi on I-40 and said good-bye to Memphis, Elvis was singing 'Blue Suede Shoes' from my CD player. It was hard for America to let him go," writes Ryan. "He left us more than enough, but he left us wanting more. Thank you, Elvis, wherever you are."

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