~December Road Trip~

We began our Merry Christmas Road Trip, early Christmas morning. Our first overnight stop was Paducah Kentucky. When looking for lodging, I was happy to learn of Paducah's Flood Wall murals. Paducah is situated on the Ohio River. We enjoyed a walk along the riverfront, viewing beautiful murals, by Robert Dafford.

We met a man, along the way, who could be best described as a character. J and I find, as we grow older, we are drawn to "old characters". Perhaps it's because we are a couple of old characters ourselves! We enjoyed our visit with this man, who told us of his boyhood memories, growing up in this area of Kentucky and his adventures along the Ohio River. He certainly added something special to our Paducah stopover.

Below are a few photos, from our Christmas Day walk.

Murals on the Ohio River.
The Paducah Market is now a museum.
This mural depicts an Emancipation celebration.
Churches around town.
This mural shows pages from an old album.
A Summer day on the Ohio River.

The photo at right shows the door to a museum, closed for the Holiday. We hope to return to Paducah, during Spring. We want to explore the museums and shops, we found on Christmas Day, including the Quilt Museum.

Shops along a brick walkway.
This marquee is over the entrance to an alley, that leads to a theatre.

The arched window over Paducah Market.
I've divided our road trip into three separate posts. We took lots of photos and have lots of wonderful memories. Each stop is special, so I want to give each it's own place, here at the Back Porch. Look for the Inn at Christmas Place, on Wednesday and the magnificent Biltmore Estate, Friday.


Deb said...

Sounds like a wonderful road trip! Looking forward to reading about all your adventures in the New Year.
Wishing you a Very Happy New Year Pat!

Linda said...

Good Morning Pat, wonderful pictures of the first part of your getaway. I'm looking forward to more pictures of your adventure, especially the Biltmore Estate.
Happy New Year to you and yours and all the best in 2008. Linda

Thirkellgirl said...

Oh, good, you're home! I enjoy your adventures. I'm looking forward to hearing about the Christmas Tree Inn!

Adrienne said...

Happy New Year, Pat. Your trip sounds wonderful. I love your pictures. You always have something that encourages and inspires me. I visit often. I'll be back - next year. ~Adrienne~

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Thank you Pat (& J) for the tour. I'm enjoying it very much and looking forward to seeing more pictures.

At least you don't have SNOW like we do! We finally made it home from the cottage last night through all the snow we had there (8" fell while at our cottage). . . and now a big storm is in the forecast for our home-home area tonight (8" here). . . I guess the snow just follows us!!

Blessings and may the New Year bring your good health, happiness and the love of family and friends.


BittersweetPunkin said...

Happy New Year Pat!!!


Donna said...

Great pictures Pat! Looking forward to more.
I know you're enjoying yourself!
Happy New Year!

Rosemary said...

Love the trip so far Pat.
Happy New Year to you and your family.

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

I wish you and your family a joyous and peaceful New Year, Pat! =)

Brenda@Spareminute cottage said...

Hi Pat ;My husband and I went to Paducah in Oct. It wa wonderful we would like to go to Ashville sometime in the near future.We were in N.C. for my Birthday in Dec. to ride the Polar Express in Dillsboro.I am looking forward to your pictures of tne Biltmore Estate.
Happy New Year

shaybert said...

Pat, welcome home! Thank you for stopping by my place. I am so ready for a road trip myself!!! I will enjoy your for now and look forward to the next 2 installments! Blessings, Shay

PS Good Bye 2007 & Happy 2008!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I know you enjoyed your trip to Biltmore. We were there several years ago during the holidays. We celebrated with some Biltmore bubbly on New Years!
That was a precious picture of the family. Happy new years y'all

Sandi McBride said...

Great pictures, Pat...I guess we are all getting to be characters these days, huh? I'm looking forward to the age when I can say what I want and people will excuse me because I'm old and can't help it (I love the Golden Girl's Sophia, that's who I want to be when I get old, lol). But Mama always said old age was no excuse for rudeness, so guess I'll have to learn to speak my mind with grace and kindness...

auntpittypat said...

Love knowing that you are home and that I will get a chance to continue enjoying your trip. I know you two had a great time.

Thinking of you as the New Year approaches!!

Nan said...

Happy New year. Stop by my blog. I'm having a party for a friend of yours.

Andi said...

Welcome home Pat! I love your beautiful photos of the murals in Paducah. I would want to go back and visit the museum as well.

I love your new banner. The snow on the split rail fence is beautiful. It reminded me of the fence around our home in Indiana where I grew up.

Happy New Year to You as well!

Brenda said...

Your so welcome. When I saw that it just jumped out and said PAT. Hope you have a great 2008 and many blessings to you both.

Mary Isabella said...

As I live in Kentucky I really enjoyed the pictures. Sounds like you had lots of fun. Wishes for a great 2008.

Rose said...

Oh, Pat! Can I please stow away with you when you go to the Quilt Museum?

I love the murals. They are so beautifully done. I could spend all day looking at them.

Thank you for Blogging in 2007, Pat. It has been wonderful to see all that you've done and all the places that you visited. I look forward to tagging along on all of your adventures in 2008.

Wishing you and J a very Happy New Year!!!


KJ said...

What a glorious trip! Those murals are incredible! I have never been to Kentucky, so I am inspired by your photos and journaling. Please keep taking me along!



bj said...

What a fabulous trip, Pat. Thanks for taking us along. Looking forward to the other posts.
Happy New Year, bj

lindaharre said...

WOW....the murals are exciting! I might have to talk hubby into a road trip myself:D Hope you have a peaceful and love filled New Year, Pat! I look forward to many new adventures while sitting on your back porch:D Hugs, Linda

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Happy New Year, Pat! Looks like a fun & enlightening trip.


Deborah said...

Oh, if you get to go back in the spring try to go to visit Kari and Kijsa. ( I think they are only about thirty minutes away from Paducah.

Deborah said...

Sorry, that was

Hope you get to meet them!

Maureen said...

Looks like you had a great trip Pat! Enjoyable read! I so look forward to the other segments, since one of my Christmas Gifts from DH is a trip to the Biltmore! I've never been, but missed an opportunity to go with a friend when they were having their deck the halls festivities earlier in the season. I look forward to hearing all about your experience. We'll be going later this Spring so I can see the Biltmore in bloom! Happy New Year to you, and thanks for your lovely blog posts!

Chris said...

Wishing you and your family a very happy new year, Pat. Another wonderfully interesting post! Looking forward to more :-)

Garden_Antqs said...

Hi Pat, I did stop by last night, but only had a brief moment. I loved the church pictures. Happy New Year to you and can't wait to see what new adventures you'll go on next, Theresa

Jen said...

I cant believe you found me...I did a piece on Paducah back in September. I love our home town. You need to come back during the Quilt Festival in April. The dogwoods are so pretty. I'm putting you in my blog exciting. Great talking with you Pat.

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Happy New Year, Pat!


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Looks like a great, fun trip!
Happy New Year~

Esther Sunday said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, Pat! I always love going on these trips with you! Love, Esther

JoAnn said...

I enjoyed the Paducah pictures very much and hope I am able to see the rest of the trip. Since we are on a trip ourselves, I don't always have computer access. You must visit us at South Padre Island and that will give you another place to blog about! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! JoAnn

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Welcome home Pat~
Those murals are amazing! I hope you enjoyed your trip to Biltmore. I thought about you being there!

Raised In Cotton said...

Hi Pat! I think you should have your own HGTV Road Show! Just perfect.
Blessings and Happy New Year:)

Lana said...

Happy New Year Pat & J!

Pamela said...

I sure envy you and your road trips.
I'm inspired to do the same thing here. Everything seems so very far away, tho.

Happy New Year and Happy New Trips.

Mary said...

A very Happy New Year Pat - hope it will be the best one yet! Your banner pic is fabulous.

So glad you had a great trip - this area of Kentucky looks interesting - I've yet to go there.

Looking forward to reading about your time in Asheville (Biltmore and The Screendoor - yeah, you made it!).

Thanks for stopping by -know how busy it can be getting back from a trip. At least you relaxed last night - good for you.
Hugs - Mary.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

The road trip sounds WONDERFUL! I live vicariously through you and your wonderful journeys!

Happiest of New Years to you dear Pat! I can't wait to see what 2008 brings!


Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

Happy new year!!

OldBagNewTricks said...

Fabulous photos -- I had no idea Paducah was such a darling little town -- for me I think it's a day trip... a SPRING day trip.

Oh, and I need to mention, it is awfully easy to get carried away with china.... I mean, how can one NOT?

Looking forward to more of your holiday adventures.


Cottage Contessa said...

Happy New Year Pat! Wishing you and your family all the best for 2008!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

justabeachkat said...

Oh Pat, the murals are gorgeous. They remind me so much of the ones my Mom, Aunt and I saw in Vicksburg, Miss. I did a post last January about them -

We were there to see Paula Deen. It was a fun trip.

Happy New Year!

Susie Q said...

How glorious it all is!! I do so want to stay in the Inn at Christmas Place next time we hit the area.
WE loved Biltmore House. We were there in October several years ago. It was just so beautiful. I have heard that it is stunning at Christmas.
I have been to Paducah but have never seen the walls. These are so much like those in Portsmouth, Ohio. I wonder if many of the same artists were used? I posted those pics back in the Spring/early Summer I think.

It is so visually amazing to see them and we really enjoyed your photos. Bill says we need to stop by on our next trip through.

I have so enjoyed all your photo memories. What a sweet trip you had!

Happy, happy New year dear Pat!!

Love and hugs,

Suzanne said...

Sounds like a lovely trip Pat...those murals are gorgeous!

Joy said...

We went there a couple of years ago. The wall was amazing and
we loved the quilt museum too.