Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Have yard sale, will travel

I'm a yard sale junkie. Our first house was furnished with many kitchen tools and knickknacks bought from a flea market in New Hope (Bucks County), Pennsylvania. After years of reading about the Brimfield Flea Market in Western Massachusetts; we finally paid a visit several years ago. When in Paris, France, we love to wander around flea markets too, and one favorite is the marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen.

So when the longest yard sale came through Tennessee the first weekend of August, I was ready. Driving on Lookout Mountain Parkway through TN, GA and AL is very scenic with vistas of mountain and farmlands in the valley. This year, I went with locals who know the yard sale circuit well. Friday found us on route 28 and 127 in the direction of Dunlap. We stopped in private homes, barns and many vendors along the side of the road. The town of Dunlap is yard sale central. Many vendors lined both sides of the main drag. There were more vendors past route 111; unfortunately, it started to rain, giving us the perfect excuse to close our wallets and stop buying more stuff that we don't need.
This Louisiana couple found some furniture

A lovely drive through rolling hills to this house in the distance

Estate sale at this house. Teapots, anyone? 
I was on a roll. On Sunday, I rounded up another friend to go to Mentone, Alabama, about 45 minutes away. We had a blast shopping, chatting with the friendly locals, and eating at a popular restaurant.
Many vendors were set up in this campground
A hefty $50 for this license plate!
this Southern gentleman and his wife run a store in Summerville, Ga

Wildflower Café is housed in an 1800s log cabin. You have to be careful walking to your table as there are steps up and down throughout the restaurant. A strolling guitarist serenaded the diners at their table. The café is famous for its tomato pie, but the polenta shrimp grits was to die for!

Prime rib sandwich, polenta shrimp and grits, tomato pie

How was your weekend?

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

24 hours in Chattanooga, TN (Part deux)

July has been a busy month. Two set of families visited us in Chattanooga. The last batch of visitors was our cousins from Houston, Texas and Paris, France. We were their tour guides for five days, and had so much fun showing them our favorite places. Normally, we like to stop and smell the roses (we had planned to stop in Chattanooga for a week, and 11 years later, we are still here!), but on this particular day, we covered three attractions. It is a lot when you have young kids in tow; however, everyone was eager to walk, climb and swim.

We started the day with a tour of Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center at the foot of Lookout Mountain. The kids enjoyed the treehouse and the native animals exhibit which includes an eagle, a bobcat, owls, wolves and sandhill cranes. Other activities offered here are a butterfly garden, hiking and canoeing. Summer camps were in full swing and we ran into some kids who had just finished playing in mud!
Bébé was fascinated with a sandhill crane napping
a cute treehouse awaited us
Admiring the beautiful horses
Next stop: Foster Falls. We stopped at Western Sizzler to load up on carbs and other scrumptious southern food (fried chicken livers, anyone?), energy needed for our hike down to the waterfall. We've never seen Foster Falls so crowded! 2-year old Zach got cranky and clingy. His poor mom had to carry him part of the way down and back up the steep and craggy rocks.

Fortunately, the last activity was a relaxing one, absolutely no work required. Floating on the river is the best antidote for a hot summer day!
Off to our favorite swimming hole
Enjoy the outdoors and the rest of the summer, y'all!

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