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Walking and talking

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of showing my two granddaughters the Alpine town of Helen in north Georgia. The architecture was revamped in the 1970s to resemble an Alpine village.


There are many interesting sights to see. The teacher in me loves to share how things were done in the past. Our first stop was a grist mill on the river where they have been grinding grains since 1876.





From the back porch, the girls could see the water being pulled into the water wheel which powers the mill. Many ducks and geese also congregate in the area.





Inside the mill, the girls could taste test things like porridge and grits, and they could watch the stone turning around as the grain came up the elevator.


There are many shops to intrigue the travelers, including one with many cuckoo clocks, beer steins and nesting dolls. Of course the girls enjoyed being invited to play with those.




I adore walking around and enjoying the pretty flowers in Helen. It is gorgeous during all four of our seasons, in my opinion. .







We stopped in the candy shop to see the owner making fudge on a marble slab.




Of course, we had to sample a caramel apple. Delicious!

Another favorite shop was that of the glassblower. This artisan had an interesting "Mr. Wiard" type commentary as he created glass animals. The girls loved watching.


It was truly a wonderful autumn day filled with smiles!





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AUSSIEJAN2 10/25/2011 4:42PM

    Lovely photos. Must go back with my daughter.

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JANETRIS 10/3/2011 8:46PM

    What a beautiful post and your granddaughters are just as beautiful! How fun to have the energy to hang out and walk around with them. You are creating great memories for them. Here's to many more!.....Jane emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 9/25/2011 6:44PM

    First, your granddaughters are gorgeous! They looked like they had a great time. Helen is very picturesque. There are just so many hidden gems in America aren't there? Thanks for sharing your visit.

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MKWMKW 9/25/2011 3:32PM

    Loved the pictures - thanks for sharing your lovely day! Your little ones are precious! I'm sure they loved every minute of their adventure with you.

I'm going to tell my husband and our "trip friends" about this place. It looks beautiful, and we're trying to plan our next trip.

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1BEACHWALKER 9/25/2011 2:44PM

    I love this place! Thanks for the memories of seeing it again with your photos! Your granddaughters are so cute! Looks like they really enjoyed it! My sister and brother-in-law go up here from FL 2x a year and rent a cabin nearby in the mountain area. We went with them one year and was amazed by this place. You would never believe you are in GA! They want to move up there eventually-probably retire there. Imagine that retiring FROM Florida to somewhere else. Usually it is the other way around! I see Claire is writing her comment in French! Wow-that is pretty cool to be the fluent in another language like that! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/25/2011 9:53AM

    Un grand merci, Evelyn, pour ce charmant blog ! On peut voir que tes petites-filles ont passé de merveilleux moments, et ce n'est pas étonnant, il y a tant de choses intéressantes à voir dans ce village. J'ai particulièrement aimé les photos des massifs de fleurs, et celle de tes petites-filles en train de manger la pomme d'amour devant les géraniums. Elles sont vraiment adorables !

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GITITDUNN 9/25/2011 7:33AM

  Great pictures and sounds like a fun trip! Good luck with your journey!

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