We made it through another week, and our reward is another edition of Photo Friday! Not a bad deal in my mind’s eye. For this week’s edition of Photo Friday, I’m bringing you photos taken on a photo walk around downtown Mobile. We went over to Mobile last weekend to catch two Mardi Gras parades, and in between catching moon pies and stuffed animals, in order to meet my health goal for the day, a friend and I made our way around downtown Mobile…exploring. I’m calling it a Photo Walk.
It really was a beautiful afternoon to be out and about. We weren’t familiar with downtown Mobile, so we didn’t want to stroll too far from where we started because we weren’t sure of what we would find. We wound up in a very historic area, though – a little sliver of land between the interstate and the port. Did you know that Mobile is a huge shipping port? And that you can take cheap cruises out of Mobile?
There was so much to take photos of, but I only want to share a few with you tonight. My girlfriends and I are planning on a return trip to Mobile to explore the downtown area and hit up some of the museums. Possibly in time for the Mobile Chocolate Festival.
This building was one of the ones that really fascinated me.
The thing about this building is that it’s one of only two abandoned buildings in the area where we were exploring. All the other buildings were beautifully restored, including a law office behind this and a bed and breakfast across the street. But even more fascinating about this building is the graffiti on the front.
Wonderful sentiments, yes? Hopeful and optimistic, particularly if the building is slated for redevelopment. However. It all gets a tad bit creepy when you realize what this building was originally used for.
It’s faded, but you can still see it. I believe it says Gram’s Mortuary. And perhaps that it explains why it remains in a state of disrepair when all around it has been restored and renovated. I did some cursory searches but didn’t find anything about the place. (& can we take a moment to talk about how industrious the graffiti artist must have been in order to paint those panels with chalkboard paint?!? Who does that?!?! And I could be entirely wrong about the building. Like I said – I couldn’t find much online but then again, I didn’t do an extensive search)
For this first trip to Mobile, this is about all that I want to share with you. I have dozens of photos of the Mardi Gras parades (that I’ll share next week to get you in the mood for the annual New Orleans parades extravaganza!) and a ton of photos of camellia blossoms (because I’m a flower photographer from way back in the day) but that revelry and riot of blooms doesn’t quite fit with the above photos.
Real gas lamps. Yes, in the historic areas of downtown Mobile, there are gas lamps. We are definitely going back.
I hope that you’ve had a great week and are planning an awesome weekend. Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at downtown Mobile with me!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! As always, I can’t wait to see what you have to share with us. Last week we had our most participants ever, and I want to especially welcome the new folks while remaining grateful for those of you who have been here for nearly a year! Next week is our One Year Anniversary! Stay tuned for a give-away to celebrate our anniversary. I always say that Photo Friday is the best link-up on the web and that is largely due to the way you all support each other. Thank you for that!
I don’t know if you noticed or not, but last week, I decided to go through and schedule the social media shares for everyone’s posts for the weekend and then I came back through this week to actually comment on your posts. It feels like that worked well for me. It allowed me to be present with my family and enjoy my weekend without the pressure of getting to all of your posts. That might seem counter-intuitive, but scheduling the social shares is actually a pretty quick process. I’m going to try it again this week, and see how it goes. I hope it works for you and that it brings you some additional traffic.
Having said that, our most viewed link last week came from The Travelling Lindfields with a post about the Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada. What a great post! I can see why so many of you clicked on it!
The last link added came to us from Mrs. A-OK, sharing a gorgeous love letter to Carolina. If you missed it, you want to go check it out, along with all the other links that got added later in the weekend.
And now it’s your turn! Let’s see what you have for us this week!