Thursday, April 23, 2015

A to Z Blogging Challenge - Tallahassee

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. 

Lake Ella
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. 

Wakulla Springs

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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  1. Hi Lisa - Tallahassee .. just has that ring about it:the photos bring it to life .. while those pictures of the 'family' Lichgate tree .. how wonderful to have them ... and as you say lots to do .. cheers Hilary

  2. Anonymous3:39 AM

    One day…

  3. I used to love the Jonny Wiesmuller's Tarzan movies - have some of them on DVD :) That is so lovely about your parents and the oak.
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  4. I loved the Lichgate tree the best. Nice post about Tallahassee. Could visualise the place through your words Lisa :)
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  5. Look at that marvelous tree!

  6. I've never been to that part of Florida. Did not know they filmed Tarzan in Florida but really never gave it much thought now that I think about it.

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  7. Glass bottomed boat tours would be so fascinating and the Lichgate Tree is magnificent!
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  8. That's cool your parents started a trend!

  9. I have never been to Tallahassee. I like that they have vegetarian restaurants. There's not a single one where I live in Central Florida. I heard there's a new one in Merritt Island though and I just moved away from that area. Shucks!

    I love those tree pictures!

  10. So we're not talking about the "Zombieland" character? Okay, check...

    I wish Olympic athletes still got major movie franchise deals. Can you imagine if Michael Phelps was playing, like, Captain American in all the Marvel movies?

    1. I know right?! Wouldn't that be cool! Speaking of Zombieland, it was filmed right down the road from where I live!

  11. I've seen some of those trees. They are spectacular! I've been to Tallahassee. I've also ridden on a glass bottom boat in Destin in the Gulf of Mexico. I miss that part of the world!

  12. You had me at micro breweries.
    Great photos.

  13. What a fabulous tree! Wow. Impressive.

    I'm also a sucker for a good farmers' market. Wherever we travel, I'm on the lookout for them!

  14. You have such romantic roots! I'd love to visit Florida. I've never made it there.

  15. What interesting story behind the tree and your family is part of it. I didn't know Tarzan was filmed in Florida.

  16. Anonymous5:27 PM

    Lake Ella & Wakulla Springs look amazing! I have been to Florida many times, but never Tallahassee. I will have to keep these places in mind. Wow that tree looks beautiful! Sorry if this is a double post, but the first didn't seem to want to post!

  17. That a beautiful tree and memories to go with it. You're so lucky to have such an amazing place to visit with your mom.

  18. I always loved this city's name. There is something about the name that sounds sweeping and poetic to me. I share my birthday with Johnny! The month and day not the year:) This place looks beautiful to swim in (as long as there are no crocs). I love that tree-so old and magical. I love it that your parents were the first to be married under that tree-that is great!

  19. Thanks for visiting my blog today and for your link to here. My T-post is up, btw. ;) I had to return the deed and am so glad I did. That is a beautiful tree, Lisa! We have oaks around our three acres, but nothing like that one. Good luck on the rest of a to z. :)

  20. Hi human, Lisa,

    That's quite the treemendous way for your parents to get married. Florida is quite the place. A lot of Brits go to Florida. Okay, they mostly go to Orlando.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny :)

  21. Fabulous post. Your pictures really tell the story and make the city come alive . I lived in St. Pete for a while and have visited Tallahaseee often.
    Melissa Sugar
    Twitter @msugar13


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