This past weekend my family and I got the chance to visit the historic City of Mobile. We were in town for an event one of my children were involved in and made a long weekend trip out of the visit. We spent several days in the downtown historic district of Mobile Alabama. I'm always drawn to the older buildings and brick from years past. The event we were involved in was held at the Saenger Theater which was within walking distance from our hotel. It reminded me of the Alabama Theater in Birmingham. I love to see these beautiful buildings restored and used for events.
The amount of shops and restaurants all within several blocks were a nice balance of variety and created a buzz on the streets. A couple of places we visited were Mama's and Mediterranean Sandwich Company. Mama's is the southern cooking you would expect and enjoy while in the deep south. Mediterranean Sandwich Company serves wraps, Pitas and Panini Flat Bread sandwiches. I had The Italian Job. Not only was it a great, but also filling. The vibe of both of these eateries were downtown and cozy.
On our walk to Saenger Saturday afternoon we encountered one of several St. Patrick's Day parades. If there is one thing the people of Mobile know how to do it's have a parade. Here are a few of the images I saw through the lens.
Needless to say we had a great time in Mobile and we could have spent several more days with plenty to keep our plates full.
A few more images from the beautiful streets of Mobile.
A short drive from the downtown district is a treasured landmark that is full of history and fun for the family. We spent several hours at the USS Alabama. If you plan to take the full tour I encourage you to wear a comfy pair of walking shoes. I loved walking the ship and looking into the life of these sailors that defended our country. A point of interest for me was that the photographer had his own sleeping quarters in his work area and dark room.
A few more images from our tour.
We headed over to the Gulf Shores / Orange Beach area for a single night before we headed home.
We visited Fort Morgan on the way to the beach. To stand within the walls and try to imagine what the soldiers must have seen and lived through just leaves you speechless to admire the beauty of the now quite fort.
On the way home we stopped by the newly rebuilt Gulf Shores Pier. The pier is top notch and a fun place to people watch.
It was great to get away with the family and encounter some very unique people and enjoyable places.