Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Travelogue

What a wonderful week!

I took chapters to work on . . . and didn't even pull them out. It was so nice to reconnect with the real world and with my wonderful live-in handyman. We had a great time, especially the day we got caught in the rain.

But it's always great to be back home, no matter how much fun we had.

So I want to share a little with you.

On the way to Mobile, we stayed the first night in Lafayette and also drove over to Breaux Bridge, a fun little town that had recently held its annual crawfish festival. I love exploring places like this.

The next day, first item up was crossing the Atchafalaya Basin. The bridge is several miles long - maybe 15 or so.

Unfortuntately I don't have photos of any of these places. We didn't stop on the bridge, and I just plain forgot in Lafayette and Breaux Bridge.

But we finally made it to Mobile and settled in our - I'll call it cozy - room. We walked around, drove around, and did all sorts of different things. We were even treated to a private tour of one of the museum homes in the historic district. Here's a street scene from the downtown historic district:



Another day we went to Bellingrath Gardens. I think people try to go there in December, when it's decorated for Christmas, and in April, when the azaleas bloom. But it's May. It's totally beautiful now, so I recommend it anytime of year. Wear comfy shoes.

This was my favorite spot in the whole of the walking area. Up on a little bluff, shady, and cool:


A tiny portion of the border along the Great Lawn:


Another day we drove to Gulf Shores for seafood. On the way, we stopped in Fairhope, along the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. OMG! What an amazing town. Quaint. Beautiful.

Next Wednesday, I'll tell you a story about Fairhope, and share some more photos. But here's one to whet your appetite:



Hope you enjoyed this little bit of our vacation.

Now I'm going to spend a little time visiting some of your blogs. Can't wait to see if you stayed out of trouble what you've been up to :)

22 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

Love the photos, they're so beautiful. Glad you had a great time and made it home safe and sound.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Terry Odell said...

Thanks for sharing. I don't mind the pictures of the south--just glad I don't have to live there anymore!

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks, Mason.

Terry, I know you're loving your mountains. It was very humid in Alabama.

Angela said...

I was never in Alabama and enjoyed your pictures. Lovely places! But humidity is not for me! And in May already! How is it in July? Yes, please show us more pictures!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

What lovely pictures! And good for you for not taking out those pages. Far better to take a break and connect to the real world for a while, not to mention time with your live-in handyman.

Joanne said...

What beautiful photos. I love the one of Main Street in Mobile. The buildings have such a charm to them. I'm a walker, and this looks like a very picturesque place to walk through.

Welcome back!

Ann Best said...

Wow. Beautiful photos. Almost as good as being there. Well, maybe not. Glad you had such a lovely trip and shared it with us.

Carol Kilgore said...

Angela - July is HOT - 90s at least - anyplace along the Gulf Coast. Some places, like Corpus Christi, have benefit of the seabreeze year round. Others aren't so fortunate.

Elspeth - Yes, we had a great time together. We'd planned to do a lot of things, but I think the best times were our times alone with each other.

Joanne - Thanks. Mobile is very much Old South in many ways. Little of it was destroyed during the Civil War, so many of the old homes and gardens remain today. We did a lot of walking. It felt good, too, to move around and enjoy the outdoors.

Ann - I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

KarenG said...

What a wonderful trip! My husband lived in Mobile, Alabama for a while. I'll show these to him and he'll be so jealous.

Helen Ginger said...

Sounds like a great trip. Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.

And here I am in San Antonio while you're out of town!

Helen
Straight From Hel

Carol Kilgore said...

Karen - Tell him it's still there :)

Helen - Wouldn't you know!

cassandrajade said...

Absolutely beautiful photos. Glad you had a great time and thanks for sharing these.

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks. And you're welcome.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Nice photos. So glad you enjoyed the trip. I know exactly what you mean when you said, "it's great to be back home, no matter how much fun we had." There's just no place like home.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Great pics, Carol--so different from where I live.

Aubrie said...

Beautiful pictures! Sounds like a great vacation. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Cassandra & Aubrie - Thanks. We had a great time.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Great pics! What a nice trip.

My hubby and I are leaving Friday for a little get away. I can hardly wait. It's been a long winter. :0)

Journaling Woman said...

What a lovely trip and photos.

Carol Kilgore said...

Kathi - I hope your trip is as enjoyable as ours.

Teresa - Thanks :)

arlee bird said...

Nice photos and recounting of the trip. I don't think I've ever stopped in Mobile-- always took the name literally I guess-- but I have been to Fairhope and the Gulf shores. I've spent a lot of time in Lafayette and the surrounding area. Always liked that part of Louisiana.

Lee
Tossing It Out

kanishk said...

What a wonderful trip! My husband lived in Mobile, Alabama for a while. I'll show these to him and he'll be so jealous.
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