'Gone With The Wind' was undoubtedly my favourite book as a child and I could easily read it again and again even today. Released as a film too, it is often considered the most beloved, enduring and popular film of all time.
As a youngster I reveled in the glories of the Deep South and the American Civil War in the eighteen hundreds, fantasizing about living in that glorious house Tara where Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Butler led their tempestuous lives.
On our recent visit to Atlanta, we saw many, many beautiful houses just like the legendary plantation house 'Tara' hat Rhett and Scarlett lived in! As we were driving along Paces Ferry Road, deep into the most glorious wooded countryside, magnificent colonnaded mansions flashed past, reminiscent of colonial days gone by.
I believe the Margaret Mitchell house is well worth a tour in Atlanta and that is on my bucket list.
HeeHoo and I took ourselves down to a gorgeous restaurant on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, which meanders languidly through the City of Atlanta. There I was convinced that descendants of the plantation owners were sitting elegantly on high backed Adirondack Chairs, along the river bank. Beautiful people, Old Atlanta money sipping champagne and cocktails (or so I surmised) I could almost see in my mind's eye, their white parasols and waist nippers under their elegant crinoline dresses !!
The Chattahoochee River is as laid back and as elegant as the people festooning the river bank, great Oaks and Ironwoods overhanging right down to the river banks where we saw a group of three sleek, black otters playing and swimming, and then low and behold, a bucktoothed muskrat swam towards us frolicking in the evening rays of the sun.
In any season, the Chattahoochee banks are resplendent in color. Trout lilies, serviceberry, and redbuds bloom in early spring followed by azaleas, trillium and coreopsis. Early summer, cardinal flowers and the showy scarlet sumacs turned brilliant shades of red with the yellows of goldenrod, the deep purple of ironwood and the multitude of foliage of summer in Atlanta.
Definitely a fascinating town in the deep south of the USA that could grow on one especially when one has an imagination like mine!!