Friday, June 14, 2013

My Favorite Place...

...and the worst pictures!
I forgot to charge
my camera the night before.
To say I was disappointed
is an understatement.
My daughter wasn't
much into sharing hers.
I got what I could.
Grand Marais, Minnesota
I am pretty sure I could move here.
I know I could sit on the shore
of this marina forever
and a day.
So probably best
if I don't live there.


Ben Franklin.
One of the last remaining
five and dime stores.
This brought back great memories
of staying with my grandparents in Duluth, MN.
One special days,
Grandma and I would take the city
bus downtown to "her"
Ben Franklin.
Penny candy
and lots of treasures
were always within my grasp.
To see this one
with heartwarming. 
Tours were provided on this lovely
but we were unable to
We relished it's beauty from
the shore. 


Jeanne said...

I just love the Lakes in MN. Kabetogama is one of my favs. there's just something about that northern woodsiness and deep cold water that suites my fancy.
Fun to see the Ben Franklin. I too remember what mom called the five and dime store.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

no Ben Franklin's around here ... i hope you found something great there. have a great weekend, Jill!! big big hugs. ( :

Madi and Mom said...

Oh Jill these are gorgeous pictures...I could live there too.
Being around water is so peaceful
Ben Franklin...oh those are some good memories
Hugs madi and cecilia

TexWisGirl said...

wow! we had a ben franklin's in the 'city' about 10 miles from my home town. i LOVED going there! we always parked in their parking lot, so always went thru their store to get to the 'main street' to find penneys, sears and woolworths. :)

andy said...

That place looks amazing ! Have a wonderful weekend

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I think living here would be quite amazing and relaxing :-)

Buttons said...

Oh Jill I love memories that stir from the beautiful places we visit.
I could sit there and watch the boats on the water all day too. Great shots Becky:) B

Chatty Crone said...

Now I would love to live there! sandie

Jackie said...

We always visit GM when we go up to the shore in October. We also love the Ben F. store, so glad it's still there. I'm enjoying your posts Jill, looks like a grand time.

Terri said...

I can almost imagine the sounds! Ben Franklin..oh my...I used to walk across the bridge in Grand Forks ND during lunch hour to a Ben Franklin. My friends and I sat in a booth and had sodas and chips for lunch. Oh the memories!

Paula said...

I certainly see why you could live there! Breath taking. We had a Ben Franklins in my small home town as well:)

Michaele said...

The Ben Franklin photo was like a step back in time. Love that marina!

Susan, a Sometimes Blogger said...

I can see why it would be your favourite place Jill.
I love the location of that home in your last photo - wow ... picture yourself on the verandah all day. I'm there already ;D)
Cheers xx

Dianna said...

My ex-husband and I owned a Ben Franklin store in our little town - until larger stores moved in...

Paula said...

We used to go to Ben Franklin's in San Antonio in the 50's. Would be a nice place to live.

Rosemary said...

What is it about water that is so relaxing, makes you want to stay there all day.

Lynne said...

Visiting memories and dreams of our mind brings such rewards . . . I am happy for you and your 5 & 10 flash back!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I didn't know any Ben Franklins were left.

Ellie said...

These are lovely pics Jill, and it looks like such a lovely place. So peaceful and quiet. I think I could live there too. :))

Bee Lady said...

Oh how I miss ourBen Franklin store.

I love harbors. In my previous life, I lived on the coast and my Pa was a sea captain. My boyfriend was a sailor. His life, his love, and his lady was the sea. Sad for me...but he did give me a braided chain made of finest silver from the North of Spain ( my favorite song ever-Brandy- one hit wonder)

Cindy Bee

Debbie said...

we shall buy the house in the last image, and live out our lives blogging and enjoying the view!!

happy sunday jill, these pictures are lovely!

Donna said...

We use to have a Ben Franklin here as well....been a long time since I was in that part of town to see if it's still there...neighborhood has really run down now...

EG CameraGirl said...

Very nice. I love sitting by a lake watching sailboats! Wonderful photos.

Susan said...

Oh I know what you mean. I could move there too! Tired of the desert!

Catherine said...

Dear Jill, I relate to the memories of going to the candy store with my grandpa. Those were such nice memories.
I understand how sitting and watching the water and boats is so soothing to your mind and soul. Blessings dear Jill. Catherine xo