Thursday, May 21, 2009

A SHORT TRIP TO VIVAY!

Bob and I decided to take a short trip this week just to get away for a few days. The weather here has been beautiful and in the high 70s and low 80s. We decided to drive up to Vevay, Indiana. Vevay is a small town that is trying to build up its tourist trade. It sits right on the river and the whole town is a mile long with only one stoplight. The drive is about an hour and a half from my house. I was ready to go somewhere after two straight weeks of rain, rain, rain!

We had breakfast in a small restaurant on Main Street where everyone knew everyone else in there and a full breakfast cost all of $3.50. There was one waitress and the lady cooking looked to be in her 80s. The food was great.
After breakfast, we ventured out to walk around the town and see the sights.

The Mercantile Shop carried all handmade items from the local people.
There was a sidewalk cafe for lunch and the local radio station pipes music onto Main Street all day.
The Amish Shop featured their goods and antiques. That's Bob under the sign. The puppet in the picture was looking for a good home.
The architecture of some of the buildings was awesome and the court house was built during Civil War Days. A rose garden and Farmer's Market surround the old court house.I saw this sign posted on the side of a shop in Vevay. I could not resist taking a picture. The owners must not be fans of the Clintons! The sign says, "Hillary and Bill belong in the big house, not in the White House!" There is a wonderful Riverfront Park with a playground for children and picnic area and benches along the river where you can sit and watch the boats. I saw this race car on the playground and immediately thought of my 23 month old grandson, Thomas Wyatt. He loves the Disney movie, "Cars", and he would love playing in this one.
Bob and I watched the boats and this tugboat came down the river pushing a barge loaded with coal.

This is such a laid back little town that I felt like I was in Mayberry and Andy and Barney might appear any minute. It was the perfect place to relax, talk to local people and shop keepers and enjoy the wonderful weather.

We have decided to take several short trips or day trips in the near future. I enjoy working in the yard at home and usually if I go on a big vacation I am ready to come home in a few days so this works well for us.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy three day weekend.

22 comments:

Pearl said...

What a pretty little piece of Americana, huh?! Lovely.
Pearl

Linda said...

What a lovely little town. I would love to know so much more about this country than I do but my Bob sticks to the highways and bypasses all the wonderful places. Thanks for sharing this.

Femin Susan said...

What a gorgeous place - and equally wonderful images.
Thank you for sharing!
Cheers

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a neat place, Judy... That was truly a real vacation, wasn't it????? We've been to southern Indiana (Madison) a couple of times to go to Clifty Falls Park (to see waterfalls). I loved Madison ---right there on the Ohio River.

Glad you had a wonderful time.
Hugs,
Betsy

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

What a lovely place, and the photo's did it justice.
Pleased you managed to get away for a while, did does one good to recharge ones batteries now and again.
Have a great weekend,

Yvonne,

anewwayoflife08 said...

How lovely, I hope the tourist trade doesn't spoil it.

Balisha said...

I'm with you Judy...aren't these little towns great. I love little trips like that now days.

Amber Star said...

What a sweet town. Getting away like that is something we've been doing some. Like our little trip to Ennis during the bluebonnet season and sometimes we run up to Oklahoma to Winstar casino. I don't like gambling, but take about $10 and play all afternoon on it. I'm the last of the big spenders, ya know. Usually I can come home with about $7 so I feel pretty good.


Glad you all got away and wish I lived closer so we could go up there.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Small town with great coffee shops and quiet surrounding are my favorite getaways. I love the $3.50 breakfast and the 80 year old cook. Those are the kind of places I'd leave and extra big tip.
This is my first time to your blog, I'll stop back soon! Thank you!

Margaret Cloud said...

Very nice post and I enjoyed the pictures. What river runs through the town? We have a small town about 20 miles south of us, we like to visit and it has a river running through it. Thank you for coming by and have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Grannyann said...

What a neat adventure and oh my gosh, I saw that cartoon, how the internet changed my life. THAT IS ME11111

Sylvia K said...

What a fun trip! Just my kind of thing. And your photos are terrific! Really enjoyed "taking" the trip with you. Glad you and Bog had such a fun time!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

One Woman's Journey said...

Thank you for taking me on your trip with you. Places like this I would be comfortable going solo.
I love small towns.

Clara....in TN said...

Neat little town...my kind of place!

June Saville said...

A lovely relaxing short trip Judy. I find they're the best these days ...

Hey there is an invitation to the 70 Plus Virtual Art Exhibition awaiting you at my place. Mind you it's not a very exclusive invitation because anyone can visit can't they?

Thanks for your contribution. It's proving a lot of fun for everyone and I see Paint Art has become the 'thing' on quite a few blogs.
Cheers
June in Oz

Beth said...

Hi, Judy. What a charming little town! I love visiting places like that, too. And I love taking several short road trips away rather than one long one---I think it's more fun that way. Thanks for sharing this one with us!

The Muse said...

I loved strolling the day away with you :) And I must say the barge going down the river is so very inspiring! Saying thank you for these moments you shared seems rather repetitive, but I do!

Beverly said...

looks like a nice get away...

Rachel said...

Sounds like a wonderful place to visit! I like those short trips too!

Lilly said...

What a great trip and I enjoyed your beautiful pictures too. Its nice to take a getaway every now and then to recharge the batteries. The weather looks glorious.

Lilly said...

What a great trip and I enjoyed your beautiful pictures too. Its nice to take a getaway every now and then to recharge the batteries. The weather looks glorious.

The Muse said...

(****Thank you for your kind words Ms Judy, in regards to the prose :) )