Friday, July 31, 2015

Pink Salt

I read somewhere
 that Pink Himalayan salt is the best salt to use to reap that all important mineral, Iodine.  So I looked for it in the grocery and several other places and didn't find it.

I decided to order it from Amazon and along with the salt I saw this cute bamboo salt box.  
It is attached in one spot so it swivels open and  when you move it back into place it connects
with a tiny magnet to shut tightly. 

Now the wonderful thing is that pink salt also contains 80 other minerals as well as Iodine.  Nothing has to be added to it.  

White refined salt is essentially devoid of all nutrition, They are required by law to add Iodine but it isn't absorbed by the body as well as the pink salt that contains it naturally.  

 Pink salt is a raw, full spectrum salt and all full spectrum salts have color to them.  The pink Himalayan comes from ancient salt caves formed from the sea. 

So that's my Pink Saturday offering this week!   

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Old Savannah

The waterfront area along the Savannah River in Savannah Georgia is the original and oldest part of the city.  

It's a beautiful stop while driving down I-95.  
It's just a short jaunt off the interstate and there is much to see!

I particularly noticed the old iron balconies high above the colorful flags and blue and white awning.

It is the old brick though that really caught my attention.  If only it could talk!

The hanging moss is a sign you are definitely in Savannah! 
 I wondered though, why the hole in the wall? 

Again, the balconies that have such a wonderful view of the river. 

 The pink brick was everywhere, much easier to walk on than the cobblestone. 

 The shadows under a group of palms make a pretty picture

The road was actually tilted downwards towards the river.

These pink acrylic chairs looked very unusual and very comfortable

There were monuments everywhere

This particular one honored a girl who waved a cloth and welcomed the ships from her home on Elba Island.  She was waving her greeting to every ship from 1887-1931

Now she waves from the waterfront park.  

My next trip through I plan to stay longer!

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

At the Marquis Market

I love the industrial look of this interesting restaurant we stopped in while in downtown
 Fayetteville, NC

The Marquis Market

The old storefront has been converted into a restaurant, but with such airy spaces you never feel crowded or rushed.

In this shot below, I loved how the shadows layered the floor. 

 It was a hard choice deciding where to dine  Maybe in the display window area? 
No we didn't want to disturb the solo diner there.

We settled ourselves in the center of the room, next to the tall ladder

I tend to like a later lunch and I usually hit these places that are only open 
for breakfast and lunch just as they are about to close.
There were quite a few diners when we entered but it was quite empty when I finished my delicious 
turkey with cranberry spread sandwich
and decided to snap some pictures.

Behind us was a great coffee area with a large bookcase (but you can't see it) off on the right where
reading material could be found along with sculptures and such to meditate on.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Lion Fence

One of the more interesting fences I saw in the Bahamas was in Freeport.

I was only able to snag a quick shot as we sped by in the taxi but
it was an amazing sight to see.

 This British Colony on the island of the Grand Bahama is well represented here.  
See if you can spot the shadows on this lovely smokey blue gray fence.

Spending time in another country is a real joy but I'm always glad to be home again, especially 
to celebrate our independence from England. 

Happy 4th of July!!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Discovering The Balcony House

This is how I roll.....

 I happened upon it because of geocaching, which I learned is a great way to really see a city.
  We were walking in the downtown area of Nassau, looking for three different caches.  I was with my sister Karan and her grandchildren, Lucy and Jack and we had somewhat successfully found the first one.  More on that in another post.  

We even did a No-No by stopping at a Bahamian McDonald's for a cold drink

It was very hot, it was June after all, and the children (who were aged 8 and 9) were anxious to find the next cache but I was lost without my GPS and eventually they went on back to the ship to swim.

I trudged on, up and down unfamiliar streets and stopped to rest in a picturesque spot.  It looked across the street to this little museum called
 The Balcony House.

I don't mind saying I was pretty tired so I sat quite a while studying the outside of this beautifully restored pink building, built in the Loyalist style.

I went over after a bit to inquire about the admission price and found it was free! Donations accepted of course, but I was delighted to take the tour, especially after finding out it was believed to be the oldest house in the city.  

These two photos show the entry way and the famous balcony.  It's famous because it is free standing.  A  very unusual  design for the day.

These doors (below)) exited out of the room next to the kitchen which is thought to be a stable at one time due to the design of the door and location to the house.  All the wood and hardware is original from 1788 when the house was built. 

Here, is an original stucco wall from the house.   

The wall is along the back of the summer kitchen, so necessary in this hot climate.

 The kitchen was kept cool built with thick walls of stone and stucco

Louvered doors concealed the large open side of the kitchen. 

The kitchen was located opposite the house here in the back. 

On the side of the house, not exactly convenient to either kitchen is the well.  
It was designed and built by slaves.

 Inside the house is the regular kitchen, modernized in the 1930's for the last owner
Many of her possessions are still stored in the glass cabinets

 The dining room is restored as well as the rest of the house to the period of the last owner
the 1930's.

Note the carved chairs.

It was here the guide told me that photos inside the house are discouraged so I took no more after this one.

There were other rooms and also a grand staircase, located in the center of the house made from a shipwrecked ship! 

The upstairs is now open as well, all beautifully furnished.  

The guide gave me a wonderful tour, with much history of the house and island.  It was a real treasure to stumble upon this place, one of the highlights of my visit.  

The house is located well within walking distance of the cruise ship docking area.  I was nearly back to the the entrance of the docks when I came across it.  It's located on Market Street right off of Bay Street, the main street along the water. 

 My lovely guide was also able to guide me to my next geocache destination, only one block up and two over, the Fredrick Street Stairs.  Another must see destination, It features local artist's sculptures as well as ancient stairs landscaped beautifully.

Geocaching and a donations only museum combined with
my own walking tour.  Pennies on the dollar! 
I always love visiting Nassau.  

Adding in my own watercolor of my dream pink and white house!

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