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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Our Day Trip To Germany

Sorry I'm late, but my grandson is home sick again today with strep - he got his medicine yesterday and man that medicine is a miracle. Don't you wonder what happened to people before this medicine - I guess they could live or die. But thank God he is on the mend.

I suppose going to Germany on Sunday (and I borrowed this idea from a friend Rose at Santa Maker) didn't give him strep as he became sick on our way home - but I don't suppose it helped either.

Anyway we went to Germany this past Sunday for a little family vacation!

Isn't it colorful and festive there and the weather - was PERFECT! Low 70's. A wonderful day. .

They posted 'pictures' of the menu.

Eat what else - a hot dog!

We decided to take a carriage ride around the city.

He's thinking something.

He got to feed our horse a carrot when we got back.

This is where we ate dinner. Had bratwurst, red cabbage, sauerkraut, rye bread, and red potatoes.

This was our view from the restaurant.

Okay we didn't go to Germany - we went to Helen, GA. About an hour and a half from us.

Helen is a city located on the Chattahoochee River in White County in the north of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the city's population was 420.

Formerly a logging town that was in decline, the city resurrected itself by becoming a replica of a Bavarian alpine town, in the Appalachians instead of the Alps. This design is mandated through zoning, so that the classic south-German style is present on every building, even for the small number of national franchisees present (such as Huddle House).

Because of this, tourism is the main industry in Helen, catering mostly to weekend visitors from the Atlanta area. Helen is extremely crowded in late October, when autumn leaves typically peak. It also hosts its own Oktoberfest during September, October and November.

There are many events and festivals throughout the year. One of the most well-known is the annual hot-air balloon race, which is held the first weekend in June each year.

Happy Birthday Ryan O'Neil- Wikipedia

O'Neal was in a long-term (off and on again) relationship with actress Farrah Fawcett, until her death. In June 2009, O'Neal asked Fawcett again to marry him. O'Neal reported that this time she said yes, and stated that the wedding would happen "as soon as she can say yes". No ceremony took place before Fawcett's death on June 25, 2009.

In 2001 he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). As of 2006, it is in remission.After struggling with leukemia, O'Neal was frequently seen at Fawcett's side during her own bout with cancer. He opened up to People magazine saying, "It's a love story. I just don't know how to play this one. I won't know this world without her. Cancer is an insidious enemy."

I do believe that it was a love story between the two of them!


Whosyergurl said...

I've been to Helen!
I remember they had flowers as big as a dinner plate!
Hope he gets better!
Hoosier hugs,

Linda said...

Looks like a fun day! Great photos! I would imagine Andy was already getting sick, still it looks like he had fun. Drugs are miracles! Hope he is feeling much better!!

I like Ryan O'neal and how he took care of Farrah...I agree a love story!

Susan said...

Awwwww, that looks like a GREAT place to visit, Sandie. And little GS looks so cute and happy. (Then, bam!, he got zapped with a cold. Poor dear. Soooo glad he's on the mend.) Okay, well, thanks for those great photos. Sincerely, Susan

ClassyChassy said...

Looks like such fun - esp feeding carrots to that horse! Appeared to be a beautiful day, nice weather and plenty of flowers!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

what a fun place to visit -- sounds like the kind of place we'd enjoy. Thanks for the tour

Sue said...

Poor Andy...I hope he gets better real soon...I haven't been up to Helen in 20 years or still looks the same...I was surprised to see the picture of Andy on the rocks by the river...I would have had a heart attack thinking he would have fallen in...I guess that's the differance between having girls versus boys!!

Mollye said...

Oh Sandie, I love doing touristy things like this. You are just the bestest granny ever. You are! And as for Ryan and Farrah. I truly loved both of them and miss her so much. Poor Ryan he is lost without her but one day they will be together for all times. Beautiful post and pictures! Hugs sis, Mollye

^..^Corgidogmama said...

That looked like a really fun outing! Would love to go someday.
The bavarian food sounds delish.
You do the neatest things with Andy!

That corgi :) said...

Helen looks like a great place to spend some time (and money LOL) it does look authenitically German (or at least as what I would perceive German to look like) We have a similar city here but it is designed with Dutch heritage, in Solvang, about 4 hours from where I live. Bet your sister is acquainted with it.

Looked like you guys had a nice time there!

glad to hear Grandson is feeling a bit better today!


Cheri said...

Cute town, we went there the first Oct. that we moved to GA and went through a corn maze on our way back home. Had a good time.

Joyce said...

What a place to visit. Looks like your grandson had a good time. This town would be a good place to visit if I ever get to Georgia.

Love and Hugs,

Angela said...

Hey Sandie!

That looks like a wonderful trip to take! I wish there was something like that close to my house! We would do that a lot I'm sure.

I hope Andy is feeling better today! He sure has gotten to have a lot of fun this Spring.


CountryBlessings@Lakewood said...

Looks like a fun day. Nothing like visiting another country by hopping in the car for an hour or two!
Country Blessings,

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Sandie, your photos look like you could have been in Germany instead of Georgia!! I am glad your grandson is feeling better! Modern medicine has its benefits!

Good to be a Queen said...

I love to go to Helen in the fall, looks like you had a great time... Did you get your photography book yet??

Melanie said...

So sorry your grandson is sick!! :( I hope he'll be feeling better soon.

Glad you had fun on your day trip!

Those are great pictures! I really like the one of the windmill. :)

Buttercup said...

What a fun day. I'd never heard of Helen, but know I'd have a good time there. Hope Andy is quickly on the mend.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I hope Andy is feeling better,
Sore throats are a misery..

I agree I think it was a love story too

Mimi said...

Hi Sandy!!!!
Oh how fun, that town looks so wonderful, you could travel all over the world in the United SAtates, Calif has a Dutch town as Washington State does too and now Georgia has A German town, I love it all!!!!Now, the food, not so much, my daughter manages the German restaurant at Disney, and I do not really like that kind of food!!!!
SO if and when I go to Germany what am I going to eat????
I guess Potato's and bread!!!!!
Oh I love Hayley Mills --so loved her as a child actress!!!!!
Parent Trap a favorite!!!!!
remember her on Saved by the bell????
What a fun day trip you had and so love your little history lesson each day!!!
Thanks for all the nice comments especially in regards to my hair, 3 things you do NOT mess with on or with a Woman!!!!
Have a Blessed week

ocmist said...

What a neat place to go for the day. It looks like a place to make some wonderful memories for the both of you! I love those flowers too!

I hadn't heard the "rest of the story" about Ryan and Farah. It is so sad and beautiful... and sad.

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Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Wow, how did I miss this post. I love it. I have written it down as a place to visit one day. Took Hubby to Dr yesterday, he needs shoulder replacement, hope he will get it done, so we can travel again. He hurts to much now to drive or ride long distances.
Andy looks like he was having more fun here than at Cabbage patch