Thursday, August 12, 2010

Back to Work/Play

So  it's  good  to  be  back  at  my  "work"  place.  I'm  getting  into  the  flow  again  and  have  been  working  on some  new pieces,  but  I wanted  to  show  you  where  we  stayed  in  Chattanooga  when  we  were  there.

This  is  the  Chattanooga  Choo Choo  Hotel--Chattanooga's  old  train  station  restored  into  a  wonderful  hotel  complex.

As  soon  as  you  walk  in,  it's  like  stepping  back  into  time  right  down   to the   1940's   music  that's  playing.  And  they  have  their  own  little  world  inside--

Beautiful  garden  area.
Here's  two  teenage  friends  enjoying  the  gardens--well,  actually  she's  texting--sign  of  the  times,  I  guess  : )


There's   little  shops  and  restaurants--
 


And  all  of  these  old  passenger cars  are  now  hotel  guest  rooms.   However,  my  "business"  expenses  wouldn't  allow  us  to  stay  in  one  of  these--we  were  just  in  the  regular  hotel  part  : )


And  I  had  to  get  a  shot  of  this--

The entrance  to  the  ladies  room!
And   here  it  is  when  you  open  up  the doors--
This  very  large  sitting  room  BEFORE  you  enter the  actual  ladies  room (That poor little girl  probably  went  running  to  her  mother crying  'Mom,  there's  a  crazy  lady  in  her  taking  pictures  of  me!'

Then  the  next  day  we  went  to  Gatlinburg  in  the  Smoky  Mountains.  This  photo was  taken  on  the  balcony  of  where  we  stayed.

We  were  actually  staying  right  in  downtown  Gatlinburg,  but   back  here  was  very serene  and absent  of  any  noise  except   for  the  sounds  of  nature--loved  it!

This   is  such  a great  area  of  the country.  I'll  never stop  being  amazed  at  the  art  that  God  has  created  for  all  of   us  to  enjoy.

Like  these---
(shots from the very excellent aquarium in Gatlinburg)




And  even  this  one--

Yes,  this  is  a  fish.   Can  you  see  its  eyes  and  mouth?  God  must  have  been  in  a  funky  mood  when  he  made  this  one  : )

So  next  time  I  come  back  I'm  hoping  to show  you  what  I'm  working  on  right  now--another  busy  weekend  again--Nick's  coming  home--yay!!

23 comments:

Sharon said...

Oh what beautiful places you stayed. I was wondering how many miles of the event did you manage to see. Can't wait to see what you are working on now. You sure make me want to play with wooden boxes.....oh how I'm wishing for more time.

Janet Ghio said...

The hotel in Chatanooga looks very cool and the place in Gatlinburg also. Awesome jelly fish photo!!

Rebecca Anthony said...

Great pics Diane!! I especially love the one you captured of the jellyfish. They are the most graceful creatures aren't they(as long as you don't touch them!!!!).

Janie Husband said...

it is a beautiful part of the country and i live it....we live 100 miles from chattanooga in the mountains of north carolina...i know you had a wonderful time...you probably went right through murphy nc to go to tennessee..... ;)

PaperPumpkin said...

Amazing pictures!! I really enjoyed this trip today, thank you so much! Yeah, that funky fish...strange, huh? But in a good way! I love the windows of your hotel. I want to go there!

Dorthe said...

Diane,
YOU ARE A LUCKY WOMAN experiencing all this , wow, I would have loved being there,too, --the Chatanooga hotel is just wild-looking-beautifull.
Wishing you great working houers, Diane.Thanks for showing those wonderfull places,dear.
Dorthe

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Those are all beautiful. I love the pool! I have to agree with you on that fish(?) lol.

Serena said...

What an amazing place!! Lovely photos, Diane!

puddinglane said...

I love the station converted into a hotel it's gorgeous and the ladies room doors - so pretty-
Thanks for sharing these pics.
~Dianne~

Marlynn said...

Love your post on this beautiful part of the country! Just downright beauty all around you. Hugs

Lovey said...

Wow Diane!!! What fun! Such a charming place...great post and pictures!!

Debby said...

WOW!! The place is amazing, what a great time you must have had.
Debby

Gloria said...

Great pictures Diane. Looks like it was a lot of fun. Glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing Diane, I enjoyed.

Linda said...

Hi Diane....I've been catching up with your last 3 posts....what a time you've had! And what treasures you've gathered :-) I'm especially envious of those handwritten letters.
The hotel looks amazing - especially the second photo. You're a lucky girl....

Cathy Bueti said...

These are beautiful Diane!! Looks like a great place!

wanda miller said...

oh diane, what a feast for our eyes. this shows how much fun you must have had and just how appreciative you are..i drank it all in and might have to come back for more. thank you xo

pammyjo said...

What a wonderful place to stay. Unique. The post about your finds and the chicken were so funny. I enjoyed that one. It's so me. I love all the stuff in your photos of the knobs, lace, hanky, towels. Buttons are my weakness too. Have a great weekend. :)

Buffy said...

That hotel is so beautiful,love how the cars are rooms now. All the pictures are beautiful. I laughed when you said that young girl was enjoying the garden and then said she was texting. I guess she was enjoying it in her own way. Thanks for sharing.

Odd Chick said...

Those windows are almost heavenly! I could have just stayed there and sketched or watercolored for a day right in front of that window.
I loved the jellyfish pic too - so vibrant. You're right- only God gets the colors just right!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

There is a hotel in Nashville I stayed in for a conference that was a converted train station. It was much older, but there were no lovely train cars or beautiful gardens like the place you stayed in Chattanooga. Your photos of Gatlinburg are awesome, too. This was one lovely post, my dear. Have a great weekend.

Marilyn Rock said...

Gorgeous photos of where you stayed! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend! xxoo

Healing Woman said...

I love to read of travels. You learn so much about other areas. Quite an enchanting place where you stayed~

http://jetdtsetters.blogspot.com said...

some mermaid inspiration ?? haha ! Diane, so good to hear you're also in La Sirena !!

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