Friday, October 31, 2008

Mom's Birthday





Thursday is Lorine (Sylvia)'s birthday. Paul and June joined us for a tour to "Bellingrath Gardens and Home" located near Mobile, Al. Walter & Bessy Bellingrath were originators of Coca Cola. The house was constructed in 1935 at a fishing camp.
The trip started about 10:30 am. The drive was 1 hour. We arrived about 11:45, parked, found the entry and lunchroom. We all had a drink and a snack. Now we are ready for the tour and wandering around the garden. There are several gardens, most with benches and gazebos. There are rose gardens, a conservatory, a Butterfly Garden, Lush lawns, a Bayou Boardwalk, a mirror Lake, and an Asian American Garden. The tour is about 2 miles long as the walks wind throught the gardens.
The artisan wells provide water for the fountains and gardens. The paths are paved with brick. Mum's are blooming now and the lights are being installed for the up-coming Christmas Season.
This is truly a place not to be missed while in the Moblie area.
The house tour was included in the 19 dollar admission. This grand house is filled with antiques of furniture, silver, china, crystal, and cut glass. The exterior, featuring handmade brick and iron work from a landmark 19th century Mobile hotel is equally as captivating in its design. This is amazing how much 5 cents a bottle for coke can do.
We ended the tour and by now were ready for something to eat. We headed to "Felix's Fish Camp". This has been voted "Mobiles Favorite". The place is located right on Mobile Bay, The views from the 2 nd floor dining room are fantistic. The service and food were exceptional.
The sun was setting as we crossed the Bay on route 10. With no place to turn out, we have no pictures of the sunset.
We arrived home after dark and the two dogs, Bandit and Snowflake, were excited to see us.
We had a wonderful day with our neighbors Paul and June, thank you very much.

1 comment:

TerryPlatt said...

I picked up on your blog this morning while searching for articles on Bellingrath Gardens for my site, www.talkofmobile.com.

I don't know if the two of you are originally from the Mobile area or not, but it dosen't matter - I'm just along for the ride.

Drive carefully, have fun and I will catch you on your next stop.