In the middle of a noisy, bustling and crowded metropolis, lay a hidden kingdom. Behind the gates and beyond the woods, in the shadows of the stone garden, a princess was locked into dreamless sleep under the watchful eyes of a fiercely magnificent dragon…..
Meanwhile, beneath the glare of the midday sun, Poseidon’s daughter sun’s herself in the cool fountain waters as she gazes wistfully into the mists of sweet memory-the ocean and freedom.
A prisoner within a dream
Her comfort in the pool where she waits…
Yet her beauty is rivaled by the rising Phoenix, spreading its glorious wings in welcome of the admirers awaiting a small miracle from the kingdom’s most beloved creature. Beneath its gaze lies the tavern of sustenance and indulgent delights.
Weary travelers make their way to this oasis constantly….
On a quest
Rip Van can’t go on
Venturing deeper into the lush gardens, there appears from mists of the past, a great and treasured beast…..
She whispered of the miracle within the heart of her world. After traversing winding trails over bridges and and rails, we found the goddess who protects and showers the kingdom with loving tender care.
In her presence once feels loved
Her life is the pulse of the kingdom
She cares for its many living wonders with gentle adoration and appreciation….
Behold! The Green Emperor! Master of the Orchid House.
Beyond the Orchid House lay the tropical rain forest, filled with lush mystery….
And lo and behold there he was…..my prince!
Well…..he had potential. As he serenaded me I thought to give him a quick kiss! Alas….
This was as good as it got. So we put our heads together and decided our worlds were too different…..
The Zen garden was lovely as well. I made a couple of new friends there too.
Skink, the lizard of Georgia
And so diverse!
The spirit of Cheryl
Truly not a snake…
And then there was the magic of glass sculpture…oh my!!
Our last stop, the walk to this monument was long
but so worth it. That is totally neon. Can’t wait to see it at night
In the main building
The garden fountain. Glass waterspout
Alas it was time to leave the kingdom but we made a map so that we could return again….and again. Weary, but satisfied, we left the magic and wonder with tired feet and full spirits.
If you are ever in Atlanta, take a detour from the hustle and bustle and visit the magical kingdom….
I have been a bit absent this week but wanted to share some of my last Free 48 with you and make this a kind of combo post.
Last weekend we made our outing a quest for one of my favorite doughnuts, those tasty treats our reps bring in on Fridays that I can never say no to. NEVER. EVER. It was a gorgeous Sunday for a drive. Sadly, we got our wires crossed about the hours for that location and it was closed. 😩
It was then closer to brunch than breakfast, so we were off in search of an alternative means to soothe our growling stomachs. The architecture in the area was really amazing and we spotted one little interesting shop after another until my eyes fell on this place!
“I want to eat there!” It was a declaration more than a suggestion.
We had to circle back around a labyrinth of a block to get there but we finally did. As many places as we have lived and visited that has this pizza chain, I never had the chance to eat at the Mellow Mushroom. Of course I took photos of the doors I found and so many other little ‘cutesies’ inside.
While I still think I make the best pizza in town in my own kitchen, this was pretty good. The Options were fresh and tasty, and we could even do ‘halvesies’….What??
Do you want to see it? 😀
Can you guess which half was mine?
And the ‘coup de gras?’
As we drove back out of town I spotted a real tourist attraction and we were suddenly transported across the ocean to Paris, France!
Well, I guess it’s the closest this gal will likely ever get to the real thing. I thought this replica was way cool, just nestled in a semi hidden eclectic little shopping center right off the main road. I only happened to catch a glimpse from the corner of my eye or might have missed it altogether.
Laissez le bon temps rouler!
The rest of the Free 48 was pretty quiet. How was yours? I hope you all have a beautiful Mother’s Day and brand new Free 48.
Oh, and I do have one more door for you before I say goodnight. This one always catches my attention. It is in one of our office locations. Does it remind you of anything……🙈
This post is brought to you by the Mellow Door Master Norm Frampton. Check out his place for a lot of great doors posts and post a link to your own there. Just give the little blue frog a tickle to be transported to the linky list.
I thoroughly love spending time near the Atlanta BeltLine, so was not disappointed when last week’s work event was held near one of the best areas of it. It was the finale to a vision fundraiser ending with a walk on the BeltLine. I had planned ahead because I had a special little gift for someone who lives there, though we have never met.
Oh! And I did make some new friends! 😀
Real out of townets
Oh…what? Yes! My tiny friend and my little gift. I adore the #tinydoors folks and made a special gift to leave for them at my favorite door.
Who lives behind such lovely door?
Who knows? But I left them a gift for the tiny garden!
My very favorite tiny door…so far!
And here is one other for you. This one is so unreachable I have no idea how any one but a real faerie could have put it there!
We had a nice walk down the BeltLine where local artists share a myriad of eclectic designs and grafitti. Hubby spotted this one and we had to get a closer look…
Eeeek!! We need to close that door! Pronto! 😱
What better way to cool off than with a tasty fresh made popsicle from Atlanta’s own #Kingofpops and if you want an adult version, they make them in their shops. Such imagination and yumminess all in one. For our event I chose an Orange Cream Pop.
This is our group photo. It was a gorgeous day.
This is for a very devoted Doors Poster. Visit Dan’s blog for some amazing doors!