Eureka Springs is a tourist town in the north west corner of the state near the Arkansas Missouri border. The town is filled with restored homes and buildings many of which are Victorian architechture. There were also 14 different springs in town, each decorated by beautiful small gardens. There are also dozens of shops ranging from dollar stores to gallaries of fine art. Eureka springs is also home to The Great Passion Play. The Great Passion Play is a play set in a huge outdoor amphitheatre. The play tells the story of Christ.

The road entering town.
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The courthouse, beautifully restored and still used as intended.
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Their intent is to leave the buildings as they were or restore them. These were some of the shops on the main street as you entered town.
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The road through town wound it's way up and over the many hills. Some streets were so steep they were difficult to walk up.
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The first spring we came across was Basin Spring in the heart of the downtown area. It was set up to be a gathering place similar to a town square. There were a few crafters making and selling their talents.
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A fountain at Basin Spring.
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Looking back at more shops on the main street. Taken from Basin Spring.
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We started our day early and the narrow roads were empty.
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Soon supplies for the stores and restaurants began to arrive. It was interesting seeing the semi drivers navigate the narrow roads..
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Our walk through town continued. Slowly a few more people appeared.
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Taking a jaunt off the main streets and into the alleys presented more interesting shops.
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Continuing on we came across our next spring.
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The accompanying small garden had multiple levels not visable from the street.
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Time for a quick picture to prove we were there. I'll have to perfect the frigid look of taking my own photo via a timer.
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A spring and accompanying garden with a pub in the background.
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The same garden taken from a different angle and a bit closer.
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A toy store. Kind of haunting but neat just the same.
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The next Garden / Spring we came across was a bit larger and though they were all beatiful this one just caught my fancy.
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This would have been a better shot had I taken the time to set up for it or if I had waited for the next street car. These street cars were used by most to get around town. You pay either a one way ticket or a daily "hop on, hop off" flat rate of something like $5. A great idea considering parking is limited on the narrow streets and a daily rate in a lot was $7. They also go out of town to the many hotels and motels for the same fare.
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A good example of one of the Victorian homes in the residential part of town.
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A shop owner gave us "short cut" directions to Cresent Park and the Cresent Hotel. The Cresent Hotel is the larg, posh hotel in town and their gardens were great.

The short cut took board walks and sidewalks through residential areas instead of down the main drag.
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Don't you just want to follow roads like this?.
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Cresent Park and the Cresent Hotel.
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The gardens of Cresent Park.
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We had to take this one for two reasons. Olwyn thought the frog was cute and the shop owner sold only frogs.
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Cockscomb in two different stages of flowering.
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Some examples of the Victorian homes in the area.
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Anyone thinking of Halloween?
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Time for lunch. The Flat Iron Building in the background
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After lunch we head to a different residetial area. One with smaller homes and equally cared for.

We'll start with a church.
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Then a very small spring and garden right beside the sidewalk.
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A couple of mid size homes.
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Then the cutest house we saw all day.
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I love the way they did the back porch maximizing the property thay had. It kind of reminded me of the Shambles in York, England.
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Don't be fooled by the small lots some of the houses were built on. The hills offered unique opportunities to make the most intimate gardens..
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Grotto Spring.
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Tired of walking we took a drive to the south west part of town and came across this stone house. Behind it were quaint rental cottages also made of stone.
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When driving it's easy to get messed up. The next thing we new we were at the norh end of town not far from the Cresent hotel. Here they had an old train station and old trains that offered short excursions and dinner trips. I just liked th old feeling of the train yards.
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Some of the springs were out side the town area. This one was across the valley. It boasted a gazeebo that framed the Cresent Hotel nicely. The garden was non-existant and the spring itself less than a trickle but the location offered a pretty view.
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The The Flat Iron Building on a sunny day.
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The same fellow that gave the shortcut information in town recommended an Italian restaurant called Ermillio's. By sheer flook we spotted it far off the beaten track in the middle of a lower class residential area. The restaurant was a converted house quaint, and neat. The food real Italian and EXCELLENT! It was very dark and there were a lot of people waiting on the porch when we came out so I stole these photos from the web. Not great but at least you can see what the place looked like. We were seated at the window.
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There was a Police Chief's conference in town during our stay. I got a kick out of this chief's vehicle parked at our hotel.
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