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Incredible Day for a Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Today’s Cute Little Visitor! Where’s Mama?

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Nuremberg’s Symbolic “Christkind” (Golden Angel)

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To break away from the Catholic tradition of gift giving on St. Nicolas’ Day, December 6, Martin Luther (1483-1546) switched festivities in his home to Christmas Eve. He told his children the Christkind brought their gifts. The practice quickly took hold and spread throughout Nuremberg. The fictional gift-giver took form through the years and is represented by the Golden Angel today. Occasional visits by Christkind to the Children’s Christmas Market in Nuremberg is a huge attraction. A new “Angel” is selected every two years. We considered ourselves lucky to be in the area during one of her special appearances.

The Majestic Matterhorn

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Running Away from Home . . . .

We have a lot going on, but we are leaving anyway!  So, for a brief moment in time, we will forget about the appliances that need repair, the business that is pending and all our other obligations. Exchanging our beautiful NC scenery for European views. Stay tuned. 

We have a lot going on, but we are leaving anyway.  So, for a brief moment in time, we will forget about the appliances that need repair, the business that is pending and all our other obligations.  Exchanging our beautiful NC scenery for European views. Stay tuned.

 

 

Tennessee Homecoming

Nashville was all about a break to have a great time with some good friends.   We started the evening in the Oak Bar (and Men's Room), of The Hermitage Hotel before moving on to Southern comfort food and some entertaining country music at Puckett's. We finished off the night walking over to Broadway to visit a few of the Honky-Tonk bars the tourists frequent.   A super fun night! Final stop before the NC mountains, lunch in Knoxville, my old UT stomping grounds.  A steamed sandwich at Sam & Andy's.  Not the same as the original, but still tasty and priceless for the memories.

Nashville was all about a break to have a great time with some good friends.
We started the evening in the Oak Bar (and Men’s Room), of The Hermitage Hotel before moving on to Southern comfort food and some entertaining country music at Puckett’s. We finished off the night walking over to Broadway to visit a few of the Honky-Tonk bars the tourists frequent.   A super fun night!
Final stop before the NC mountains, lunch in Knoxville, my old UT stomping grounds. A steamed sandwich at Sam & Andy’s. Not the same as the original, but still tasty and priceless for the memories.

 

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Touring Palm Beach’s Whitehall, the Henry Flagler Museum

The 75+-room Whitehall mansion Henry Flagler built as a wedding gift for his third wife Mary Lily, is a Beaux Arts masterpiece.  Completed in 1902 in just 18 months, the Palm Beach estate featured all the latest technical advances including electricity and telephones.  Palm Beach was just one stop of Flgler's famous Florida East coast Railway, fulfilling his dream of reaching Key West in 1912, the year before his death at 82. His private rail car, #91, is housed on the property and available to tour. We didn't hear about Flagler's rivalry with Henry Plant, a wealthy entrepreneur who was building his own railway and resort hotel along Florida's gulf coast.

The 75+-room Whitehall mansion Henry Flagler built as a wedding gift for his third wife Mary Lily, is a Beaux Arts masterpiece. Completed in 1902 in just 18 months, the Palm Beach estate featured all the latest technical advances including electricity and telephones. Palm Beach was just one stop of Flagler’s famous Florida East Coast Railway, fulfilling his dream of reaching Key West in 1912, the year before his death at 82. His private rail car, #91, is housed on the property and also available to tour. We didn’t hear about Flagler’s rivalry with Henry Plant, a wealthy entrepreneur who was building his own railway and resort hotel along Florida’s gulf coast.

Both original and typical furnishings from the Gilded Age are on display throughout the mansion.  Pictured here, part of a set of Tiffany dinnerware, typical of the era, but not original to the home.  Tours are available with docents, audio, by app or self- guided.  Tours with docents are about an hour and are offered three times a day. Be sure to leave time for a tasty high tea in the lovely Cafe des Beaux-Arts.  Admission is $18 and all tour categories are included at no additional charge. For information: 561-655-2833 www.flaglermuseum.us, and/or  download the Flagler Museum smartphone app.

Both original and typical furnishings from the Gilded Age are on display throughout the mansion. Pictured here, part of a set of Tiffany dinnerware, typical of the era, but not original to the home.
Tours are available four ways: with a docent, audio, by app or self-guided. Tours with a docent are about an hour and are offered three times a day. Be sure to leave time for a tasty high tea in the lovely Cafe des Beaux-Arts.
Admission is $18 and all tour categories are included at no additional charge.
For information: 561-655-2833
http://www.flaglermuseum.us, and/or
download the Flagler Museum smartphone app.

Another Beautiful Dawn In Linville, NC – 43 degrees

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Pig Pick’n ~ Rain or Shine

Rain or shine our friend’s Pig Pick’n annual event goes on; this was the 9th year for this local party held deep in the woods on a historic homestead on Grandmother Mountain. Amazing smoked pig, chicken, brisket and goose.  Not to be overlooked, were the incredible accompaniments  everyone brought to share, fresh backed bread, tomato pie, sides made with fresh veggies, homemade cakes and pies.  The event is for family and friends who come from as far away as New York to enjoy one another, good humor and great food while listening to some inspired local musicians. But it’s the great people assembled that make it a truly special time to share, and the rain didn’t dampen the good cheer or hearty appetites.

To top it off, we saw a black bear on the way home!

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Saturday Night in the Big City

Enjoying some bluegrass and gospel with Tennessee group Rambling Rose at Carolina Barbeque in Newland.  Best smoked chicken, fried chicken fingers and pecan cobbler anywhere!

Enjoying some bluegrass and gospel music by Tennessee group Rambling Rose, at Carolina Barbeque in Newland. Best smoked chicken, fried chicken fingers and pecan cobbler anywhere!