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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

{Patriotic & Romantic Mackinac Island, Michigan}

As promised in my previous post where we took the Ferry: See you on the other side, on Mackinac Island!  
Here we are, back in time to the late 19th Century that is, as cars have been banned since 1898 on this Patriotic & Romantic Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Patriotic in many ways, not only because of the historic Fort Mackinac but you will find more below.
Back to the Romantic era without cars... What better way than showing you 'Carriage House'...
We did not notice the fellow on the roof, while walking there; only on this photo!
Squatting down with my Carriage Tour tickets on the stones, for making a photo with my iPhone before trading them in...
Cherry tree is showing some 'late' cherries.
In February they had -40°F = -40°C as well! So nature is rather late in this part!
Only bikes and carriages, apart from the ambulance and fire truck they have. 
Husband Pieter using his camera; in this paradise for photographers!
Roaming Main Street with its patriotic waving flags!
And 'YES' one does smell those horses as they use the street as their 'outlet'. 
Part of the package for going back in time!
Horse transport for everything or on a bike, as you see in front of me.
Main Street Inn...
Patriotic little island that gave so much!
Look at all those names listed for all wars... Starting with WWI at the top left and followed by a LONG listing of names for WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf.
Considering that Mackinac Island only consists of some 500 people and is the size of 3.776 mi² or 9.779 km² they have been a very patriotic people for having THAT many Veterans that gave it all!
American Fur Co.
Represents 1820’s fur trading era on the island.
Fort Mackinac ←click it.
Those orange umbrellas you see lined up are from the Tea Room with outdoor and indoor seating.
We just hit bingo with such a perfect sunny day! 
Romantic view of Fort Mackinac...
View of Lake Huron at the end of this rather steep street.
Further view of Lake Huron with another island visible.
Lilac shrubs budding out...
Lovely Church with its steeple.
Picnics on the lawn.
A very unique sight for our hectic era. Really we went back in time to a peaceful and romantic setting of the late 19th Century.
Lovely homes, this one with its Patriotic US flag and blooming white lilacs!
We visited on June 3, and on June 5-14, they were celebrating their annual Lilac Festival.
But this island has so much more to offer!
Isn't this a dream?
With all these blooming lilacs it became a perfumed wall!
Awesome those lilacs against the blue sky and again a patriotic flag waving.
A  very friendly young mother with a baby stroller took this photo from both of us.
Husband Pieter took this photo of me inhaling the Lilac's perfume!
Goes well with my Escada top and shorts.
Fond memories from my childhood and I wish we could grow these in Georgia but it is way too hot...
Snacking on cherries that we bought outside of Detroit at a Costco, together with bottled water.
Soon our Carriage Tour will start!
So we will continue...

Have you ever been to Mackinac Island?
Check out: +Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau 

Related links:
{Shepler's Mackinac Island, Michigan Ferry} | previous post by me
{505 S Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, Michigan} | previous post by me
{Delta Annual Companion Certificate Flight to Detroit, Michigan} | previous post by me


  1. Lieve Mariëtte , schitterend wat is het mooi daar ,mooie huizen met mooie huize er omheen ...
    Ik weet zeker dat jullie daar erg genoten hebben ...(ik schrijf nu via me smartphone me p.c doet het niet )...gelukkig kan het zo ook ...een fijne week en veel liefs

  2. Hello,Mariette. Amazing pictures and a lovely location:)...thx for sharing dear!
    kisses! Have a great week!!!

  3. Dearest Mariette,
    wonderful pictures from you and this wonderful place!
    Wishing you a great new week,
    sending Love and hugs,
    Claudia xo

  4. Liebe Mariette,

    das erinnert an das Paradies.
    Alles Liebe

  5. Hello dear Mariette!!
    Wow!!What a lovely place!!
    I'm sure you had a great time!!
    Thank you for sharing all those beautiful pictures!
    Have a happy week!Hugs!

  6. Ziet er hier ook allemaal prachtig uit en zoooooo ruim !

  7. Eilanden geven altijd een speciaal gevoel omdat ze zo op zichzelf zijn. Weinig invloeden van buiten en best verstandig dat er geen auto verkeer mag komen. Dat is bij sommige Waddeneilanden ook zo. Best leuk zo even in de tijd terug te gaan met paard en wagen.

  8. Liebe Mariette,
    es gibt wundervolle Plätze auf unserer Erde - so vieles, das ich nicht/noch nicht kenne -
    daher freue ich mich immer sehr, solch interessante Reportagen zu lesen und die wundervollen
    Bilder betrachten zu können -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

  9. What a beautiful island, the houses are so pretty and not having traffic must be wonderful so that you can discover the island without being disturbed. I'd never heard of this island, so thanks for showing it!

  10. wat een prachtige omgeving,is dat jullie vakantie?veel liefs uit Holland

  11. Bonsoir Mariette
    Quelle série "cute" comme vous dites ! En effet très romantique et s'y promener doit être très agréable !
    Grosses bises chère Mariette

  12. What a beautiful place, dear Mariette! I love seeing the beautiful and stately old homes, the horse carriages and charming scenery! So nice that you had sunny weather and that the lilacs were blooming! It looks like a perfect day to explore this lovely island. Hugs xo Karen

  13. Wow wow and wow what a place how lucky for you to get to wonder around and see this wonderful place

  14. Good Morning Mariette, Oh my word, what a wonderful place. I would love to visit one day. The peace and tranquility oozes from your photographs.
    I love Lilac so it was lovely to see so many bushes in bloom.... and the perfume must have been wonderful.
    The houses are beautiful and for anyone who is lucky enough to live on MacKinac island it must be wonderful.
    I love the photograph of you and Pieter.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Best Wishes to you.

  15. Liebe Mariette,
    das sind schöne Bilder. Wie beruhigend muss es sein ohne Autos. Du siehst wieder wunderbar schick aus mit deinem tollen Top.
    Schöne Grüße, Johanna

  16. What a beautiful island! I love those old homes and looks like they are very well taken care of. How interesting they've banned cars there. It's a great place to go back in time and relax in peaceful atmosphere. Lilacs are so beautiful. Just two days to the festival, they must have been mostly in full bloom. I love the photo of you enjoying the scent of lilacs. What a lovely smile and your top totally matches the color of lilacs :-)

  17. What a beautiful place and the sun is shining. Here it's raining as usual.


  18. What a lovely place with beautiful picture in your camiage house. your husband picture has paradise for photographers! I can see you and horse transpost on bike. fort mackinacmillilary trainig outpost for soldilrs and their families the headquartees for marckinec pack the great fortress on the bloff.
    Lovely churoh and picics on the lawn you both has nice photo (you has the Liacs perfume!) after you both fell too hot ...and of bottled bottled water.
    I had bad raining weather's for so many days. Todays normary nice day but I feel like not good enough for my golf days.
    You have a lovely time both of you! even hot weather time..

  19. hola Mariette querida !! lindas imagenes de michigan.. que siga disfrutando

  20. Oh it's a beautiful island, isn't it? I love all the Victorian homes. Love that picture of you smelling the lilacs Mariette! Very pretty.

  21. It's great that it is the place where the car is not only bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. The town is very nice. Greetings.

  22. Lovely and very interesting post!
    Since I won't visit physically the island, I am happy to discover it through lens!
    You photos are so lively that it feels like I was there too :)


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