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!