Inside the antiques shop the hallways wind about and about and I'm sure one could easily get lost. Or so distracted you only wake up when someone screams, "Off with his head!" The hallway I was in widened into a large room but piled high with stuff and in the stuff was a LARGE scale model of the London Bridge!! By large, I mean the thing was at least six feet high from its base. And each one of the towers was in the model!!! I was only able to get part of one of them in the shot!
Right next to the bridge is an old English pub. Actually, I think several pubs have been combined but there is one large bar back. The first shot after the bridge is the "Public" sign that probably would have been in the window at the door. The next is a large bar back. Everything in this room was labeled "Private Collection, Not For Sale." Then there's a lot of bull, and, finally, an old crossbow. Kind of astonishing.
I stumbled across the "Antiques & Interiors" store in High Point, NC. What a PLACE! I don't really have all the words I need to describe this outside/inside walk in what can only be described as an Alice in Wonderland kind of adventure. I'll post some more over the next several days, this one is the base of a table...the base is all sticks that are somehow formed to support the marble top.
In the middle of High Point is a quiet, peaceful park known as the Bog Park. Lots of trees (and shade!), bubbling brooks, a lake, and even a small, man made waterfall. It was a wonderful place to escape the heat and the rushing to and fro.
I am absolutely fascinated by trains which is sort of a mystery since you could probably count on two hands the number of times I've actually been on a "real" train (metro does NOT count). The history of our country, the history of commerce in America, the history of education, science, politics, economy, etc., etc., etc., all had rail involved for decades!! Much of that past is preserved for us at the B&O Railroad Museum. I spent too short a time there yesterday and I MUST go back. Each train they had (and they had MANY) has its own story and the stories are amazing. There are very knowledgeable and passionate volunteers throughout the HUGE museum who can answer questions and provide information on almost all train things. I could have stayed for hours. Most of the facility is NOT air conditioned so it can be hot. As I said, there are many, many, many, many trains and cars both inside and outside. The Roundhouse is gorgeous and still functional. The "shop" is fascinating. It's a cool place to visit. I'll put more pictures up the next time I go back.
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The New River flows hither and yon in the southwest part of Virginia as well as North Carolina and West Virginia. I'm told that this river is one of the oldest in the US and one of the most scenic. I had a few minutes before a baseball game and so raced over to a park in Radford, VA, to get a few shots. I found a peaceful and powerful river flowing from south to north with small "rapids" right in the middle of the Radford community. This is taken from a small creek that's a tributary to the river.