A case of thinking too much?

What happens when you try to make sense of tourism


Anybody who has visited Helen, Georgia will probably recognize this.  The windmill that is a well-known landmark of the area stands high above the main road (North Main Street) of beautiful Alpine Helen.  It is a quaint little hotel that has been here a long time and may be the most photographed site in the area.

Trying to make sense of it all

This is when I start thinking too much.  First I think:  Windmills, aren’t they connected to Holland?  I thought this was supposed to be a Bavarian village.  What’s that all about?  Then, the more I though about it, wait a minute – Heidi was Swiss, not German!  Oh great, now I’m spoiling the whole thing by trying to make sense of it.

I went out on the internet and tried to find some explanation of how this combination made sense.  Why have a windmill in the mountains and why use Heidi as the name if you are trying to represent a German village?  I couldn’t find an explanation.  So, I guess we just have to take this as a wonderful bit of mixed references to European history and folklore and leave it at that.  Come to think of it, this isn’t supposed to be a historical re-creation.  It’s just a way of letting American tourists feel like they’re in the Alps so, nevermind – let’s all just enjoy the view!

The Heidi Motel
8820 N Main St
Helen, GA 30545

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
18mm @ f/8 – 1/250 sec – ISO 100

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Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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