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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

a picnic in Gratz Park

Last month when the family was here one of the things we did was have a picnic lunch and self guided walking tour of Gratz Park.

Tessa was so excited that she decided to climb up the front steps of the mayor's house and knock on his door. 


I can't say that I blame her. I would really like to take a peak inside, too. 

The Gratz Park Historic District is a beautiful area in downtown Lexington, Kentucky comprised of a charming city park, the old Lexington Library building, and several large historical homes. 


It was a perfect summer day and the flowers were all at their peak.


When I went back to finish my undergraduate degree and then my graduate degree I worked at an historical home, the Bodley-Bullock House, in Gratz Park. The home, which was built in 1814 was headquarters for both Union and Confederate forces during the occupation of the city. These days the Junior League runs the home and rents it out for weddings, parties, and political events. It was my job to oversee the house during those events. 


I loved the job. The house and all of the antiques are gorgeous and I loved meeting all of the people (plus I got lots of delicious catered food)


There were so many wonderful doors to knock on,


which at the end of the walk made for a very thirsty girl. "Hey guys, what's a girl gotta do to get a drink around her


Enjoy your day,
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20 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! Reminds me of Savannah, GA, one of my favorite places to visit.

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    1. I love Savannah, too and I am really lucky to live in a beautiful city.:)

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  2. Laura, It does look pretty around there. Your little one is so cute too. That sounded like a great fun job to have. xoxo,Susie

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    1. I remember when Kelly Ripa came here once and said it was one of the prettiest places she had ever been. I'm lucky that this is my home town. As for that little one, we think she is pretty cute, too :)

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  3. Beautiful places! And what a sweet last pic. Those are darling little red sandals!

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    1. She was very proud of those red sandals. She loved to model them for us. LOL

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  4. It is really pretty there. Very historical. Love your little leader.

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  5. She's a little doll! What a beautiful place to spend time with family and make some special memories! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Diane. We of course think she is absolutely precious :)

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  6. What a lovely place! Looks like a fun day and I'm sure even sweet little Tessa enjoyed it!

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    1. She did enjoy it. She loved trying to knock on all of the doors :)

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  7. What a wonderful walkabout. The places are beautiful and your little sweetie is just darling. I LOVE her sweet shoes! xo Diana

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    1. She was very proud of those red shoes, Diana. Especially since her older sister had a pair just like them :)

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  8. Ooooh, I would love a visit to Gratz Park! And, you were accompanied by an angel to boot! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Thanks, Tanna. That week with the kids was definitely the best week of my summer.

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  9. That really is a beautiful park! I loved seeing the southern historic homes.

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  10. What a lovely spot for a picnic! I so love a picnic but don't have them nearly as often as I'd like -- mainly because I get so carried away and make it such a "big deal" that next time the thought occurs to me it seems like such a lot of trouble! :D

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