So close and yet, so far

On our trip to Montego Bay in Jamaica, the tour bus let us out on a busy section of the shopping district.  We parked right next to Margaritaville and piled out onto the narrow sidewalks to spend our “free time” before the tour would move on.

As I mentioned before, this section of the city is packed in with touristy shops and vendors trying to get you to spend your dollars before you moved on.  As we walked down the street, I noticed this wall with a fence that looked out on the beautiful blue waters of Montego Bay.

It’s kind of a tease here.  The street is hot and crowded.  If you’re into shopping, that’s fine but if you’re wishing for the blue waters and gentle breezes it seems like that’s far away.  The fence is locked so you can’t get out to the beach without paying the entrance fee or being a guest at one of the businesses that has beach-front access.  I guess it is a subtle form of advertising – Just a peek to make you long to be out there.  Now that I think of it, being on the beach would be great right now!

Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Die Weissen Rössl

White Horse Square is at the center of Helen’s Main Street

At the center of Helen’s Main Street is White Horse Square (in German: Die Weissen Rössl).  This is a collection of shops and restaurants built around a small square with all the Bavarian atmosphere you could ask for.

DRAWINGS OF WHITE HORSE SQUARE, A PROPOSED QUARTER ACRE DEVELOPMENT ON THE MAIN STREET OF HELEN, GEORGIA by By Stephenson, Al, Photographer (NARA record: 8464474) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

My image focused in on one of the lamp posts in the square that is topped with four white horses, the namesake of the square.  This one is located just outside of the Old Heidelberg Restaurant & Pub which is the oldest German restaurant in Helen.

This is a great spot to stop and look around the town.  Quaint little shops surround you and you can satisfy your hunger or thirst at a number of spots here.  It is also good for finding a shady corner to get out of the sun on a hot summer day.

White Horse Square
North Main Street
Helen, GA 30545

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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

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