Monday, October 22, 2012

A Glorious Day

Yesterday was just glorious!
My MIL wanted to take me out to lunch for my birthday.
My favorite thing this time of year, is to 
drive up the river road, along the Mississippi
river bluffs.

My SIL was nice to pick her and my other
SIL up to meet us then go for our drive

The first stop was in Alton for lunch
Alton is a wonderful old river town
historical, and I love the architecture
the first casino river boat I was ever on, many years ago!
the sun was out and the temps in the 70's
Mr. looking a bit goofy
we got there early, waiting for everyone and having some ice tea
the collection of quilts for sale were incredible!
I have never seen such a variety.
The wall behind us was filled to.

Now for the beauty
we headed north
first stop was in Elsah IL
it is so picturesque
like a movie set.
my favorite

Then on to
Grafton IL. A little tourist place.
Great places to eat fish, shop or
sit at one of the wineries
Grafton has some great Bed and Breakfast
high on the bluffs

the traffic was backed to get into town

Then on to Pere Marquette  State Park
where my inlaws had their honeymoon.
then back to where we started
the sail boats were even out

How was your Sunday?
Back to work on Tuesday
vacation is drawing to a close.....


Old Fashioned Gal said...

These are gorgeous pics! I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend. We had wonderful weather here in Kentucky! :)

Sue McPeak said...

Your Fall/Autum photos are so beautiful. I can just imagine how much you must love a drive through the country this time of year.

Happy Birthday...belated, but with best wishes for many more. And thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Blue Buttons. I figured you for a button collector, too. Have a great week.

Olive said...

How beautiful your leaves are Ann. The house you like is gorgeous. Our Sunday was filled with Church, I fixed a huge lunch, and then we did some chores. xo, olive

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

I just love the River Road. Alton is said to have haunted houses. I've never had a chance to stop in any of the shops there, but I love old river towns. Have you ever crossed the Mississippi River on the Golden Eagle Ferry? It's a pretty ride across. Your view of the trees covering the bluffs with the river winding through was a beautiful picture. I always thought that I would like to live along the Mississippi, up high, not where it floods. Your pictures were wonderful. Autumn along the Mississippi, gotta love it.

Donna said...

Wow, what a gorgeous day! Happy belated birthday! The house that's your favorite is mine, too! Love it! Those colors and the winery are my idea of a good day!!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

The photos are great! I have always wanted to visit Alton, but haven't, yet. Hope to get there someday, tho!

sweetvintageofmine said...

LOVED the TOUR! Your FAVORITE is MY favorite!! Roxie

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Ann,
Well Happy belated Birthday to you! what a wonderful way to send the day celebrating a very special you!
I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful trees and the towns, the houses I just adore!!! I would love to live in a town like one of these and have a house with a beautiful porch and trees to look at.
Our weekend was busy with family things.
Have a sweet day and sending a big birthday hug your way, Elizabeth

Jenny's Heart said...

Well that does look like a glorious day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann! What a special time for your birthday. How gorgeous this scenery is and the towns. I love seeing all the houses too.
Hope your birthday was glorious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Protector of Vintage said...

I enjoyed your photos....lovely homes, beautiful Autumn weather!!

Jamie said...

Gorgeous place and photos, autumn season brings the beauty of nature with foliage of different colors fall.

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Annesphamily said...

I love your stories Ann! The photos are gorgeous and your birthday lunch had to be wonderful! Have a beautiful birthday month!