Besides being the beautiful city of my birth, Tallahassee is also known for being the capitol of the state of Florida. Set in a beautiful landscape dotted with springs (of course), natural hammock, great oaks, and piney woods, Tallahassee is only an hour away from the Gulf coast. Florida State University is situated close to downtown and brings a lot of culture to the city. Food is well presented in a variety of restaurants, Indian, vegan, vegetarian, Italian, French, plus your normal “deep south” representatives. Micro breweries are popping up and giving beer a good name.
There are places like Lake Ella, for cafes, walking, playing, and shopping; Wakulla Springs where the original “Tarzan” movies were filmed with Johnny Weissmuller. They still have glass bottomed boat tours there.
|Johnny swimming in Wakulla Springs as Tarzan!|
The St. Marks River, which is spring fed, runs all the way to the Gulf for nature lovers, and there is a “Farmer’s Market” downtown near the capitol buildings where local artisans and vendors come to hawk their wares.
|Downtown Market on Saturdays under the oaks...|
I will wind this up by mentioning the great oak tree that my parents were married under. They were the first couple to do so and now “Lichgate” as it is called, can be rented for ceremonies of all kinds and the income goes toward the upkeep of the tree and its surrounding three acres, which encompass extensive gardens used for school children activities, and the house of Laura Jepsen, the FSU professor who left Lichgate as her legacy… She also just happened to be one of my mother's professors!
|My "just married" parents kissing.My Grandfather married them.|
|Found the tree again in 2007. Me and my mother...|
|Lichgate Tree today...|
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