My travels into the North Georgia mountains on Friday took me farther north to an alpine village in Helen, after my first stop to visit Gibbs Gardens that I featured on my earlier posting.
The Alpine look of Helen to the faces of all the buildings with painted scenes of Bavaria and cobblestone streets is an interesting place to visit. It’s where festivals and special events happen in a Bavarian atmosphere.
The streets were empty and shops were closing when we arrived late in the afternoon.
I plan to come back in October when they host the longest Oktoberfest in the South.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, March 10, 2013
This weekend was a great time to spend time outdoors celebrating the beginning of Spring. That’s exactly what I did on Friday when I decided to drive one hour north of Atlanta to Gibbs Gardens in Georgia.
Their Daffodil Gardens are one of the largest daffodil displays in the country covering 50-acres. I found the “early blooms” of the first stage of growth for these “daffodils” filling every hillside.” They will continue to bloom until April 15th.
I enjoyed walking three miles along the pathways surrounding the landscaped grounds.
On my way up to the Manor House the “friendly cat” lazily greeted me from her perch on a warm sunny bench.
My trip was perhaps a little early for experiencing the full blossoming of the season for the other gardens, but it was worth it with temperatures reaching a high of 65 degrees.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, March 9, 2013
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The Treasure of the Gulf Coast, Florida in USA
This is the time of the year when everyone is wishing for warm weather. Spring break for most colleges is just around the corner. And, that’s when families think about taking their kids to the beach. When my children were small one of our favorite places to visit during the summer was Treasure Island. Last year after visiting Orlando, I took a detour driving west over to the island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. When I arrived the first day it was during a rainstorm, but by the next morning the beach was back to normal waiting for my arrival. To discover more about this island, you can find a Treasure Island Florida Map, Nautical Chart and lots more if you click here
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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, February 7, 2013