Downtown Greenville has a park that straddles a river; and it has some wonderful attractions for both visitors and locals to enjoy. It only took a few moments to find parking, (shock!) just about a block away (double shock!) and we strolled down to enjoy what was to be seen in Falls Park.
No, Bernie is not standing in front of "the" falls for which the park is named.
I have to wonder if there wasn't an element of over-cautiousness with this sign.
Do they have life guards on duty sometimes? Aside from laughing yourself to tears over the antics of the kids, this would have to rate as the easiest life guard duty ever.
I'm also always on the look out for color combinations in the garden. The purplish shrub underscored the blue in the hydrangea. Nice!
Where we first entered the park there were art galleries, gift shops, condo units and restaurants.
Most of the galleries were already closed for the evening, but the restaurants were beginning to fill up. We decided we would explore the park for a bit and then figure out where to dine later.
A bit about the river: It is called the Reedy River.
If you enjoy learning about such things, enjoy pausing and reading up on the Reedy River and Reedy River Falls Historic Park.
The river and falls had people out in the water (sans life guard guarding) all along the way.
A bevy of bikini clad babes were carefully easing their way through the shallows while a big fully clothed photographer was taking their pictures.
(And all the male readers said: Nice work if you can get it!)picnicking and playing.
streamlet was well landscaped with iris and other waterside friendly flowers.
Greenville ever gets anything done with such a lovely option available to them.
Well, obvious...gardenias of course. The air was scented with an amazing mix of gardenia, honeysuckle, mimosa, magnolia, freshly mowed lawn, and river water.
I'm here to tell you: The scent, the sound, the feeling of the warm heavy air on the skin...this is why people love the south.
I picked a single gardenia blossom and breathed in as deeply as I could. It almost made me swoon, to use the old fashion word. Sneaking back to Bernie, who was taking a break on one of the swings, I asked him to close his eyes, then put the flower under his nose and told him to smell.
He nearly swooned too.
The worn warm rocks, the classic southern muddy colored water: every step we took presented another beautiful view of the old Reedy River...views that we imagined people have enjoyed in summer since before recorded history.
Also happening in the park: An open air play: a modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet put on by the students at Furman University. Furman's campus borders Falls Park. Again...how do STUDENTS get anything done with such a lovely setting to visit so near by?
(And yes, we saw lots and lots of young college age couples strolling through the park hand in hand. The young ladies were nicely dressed in pretty summer dresses...like every southern belle is dressed, of course!)hydrangea blooms pink, I was really enjoying the blue coloration. I know hydrangea blooms either pink or blue depending on the acidity/iron content/something of the soil. This park clearly provided the best soil conditions for blue blooms.
Of course we had to walk the bridge...
(Don't you think that girl looks sweet in her white summer dress?)
Five inch stiletto heels on her, because, you know, everyone wears high heels with their white bikini out in the middle of a river....
(I'd love to know what the pictures were used for. They were a little tame/modest for Sport's Illustrated...)