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