A few weeks ago Jim and I drove up to the quaint village of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, population less than 8,000. Lake Geneva is located close to the Illinois border and on the beautiful Geneva Lake. The center of the town is full of shops and restaurants and is popular with tourists.
We went to this town to visit our friend, Carol, who we actually met in Mesa, AZ. She spends her winters in the same resort that we do.We became good friends and have shared many a good times together!
|(l to r) me, Jim, Carol|
Well, in my HEAD I'm thinking, Say what? Popeye's Chicken?
Isn't there a better place to eat in the area?
But my MOUTH says, "Sure, that would be fine!"
But Carol was talking about a DIFFERENT Popeye's....an eclectic restaurant located right on the shores of Lake Geneva.
As soon as we walked into the place, I knew I'd like it. We were lucky enough to snag a table right by the window, so we had a view of the lake.
I looked around the room and many things caught my eye. Like the fact that the bar was shaped like a boat.
Speaking of knockers........I LOVED this mermaid hanging from the ceiling!
Let's get a closer look, shall we?
Gee, I would look EXACTLY like that if I were to put a couple of clam shells on my ta-ta's. Except that I don't have long hair. And I have a big belly, too. But other than that, yeah, we would be IDENTICAL.
Anyclam, after a delicious lunch we walked around a little bit.
Your carriage awaits m'lady!
Another way to see the town is to rent one of these converted motorcycles. Aren't they darling?
This beautiful fountain is right across from the restaurant.
The sign for the fountain: (Click to enlarge)
Back of fountain
We took a wonderful cruise on this paddleboat called, "The Lady of the Lake".
View onboard the ship.
Who knew there were millionaires living right on the shores of Lake Geneva? Now I know, and you will, too, once you take a gander at some of these mansions right along the lake. You've GOT to enlarge the photos to REALLY see what you are missing!
I believe this mansion (below) is on the Wrigley property. You know, as in "Wrigley Field" where the Chicago Cubs play ball, or "Wrigley Gum". Yeah, those people. This is one of several buildings on their land. Our tour guide told us that lake front property is currently selling for approximately $20,000 A FOOT. The Wrigley's own A MILE of lakefront property. So, there's 5,280 FEET in a MILE. (YES, I HAD to look that up!) 5,280 x $20,000 = a shitload of money or $105,600,000. I'm sure that doesn't account for how far BACK the property goes, and of course, the BUILDINGS on the land, so let's just say that they have a bazillion dollars and leave it at that, m'kay?
Now THESE people decided to make their guest house look like a boat! How cool is that?
Finally, this was the LARGEST house ever built in Lake Geneva. The Stone Manor, built in 1901, by Otto Young. It has several floors in it! It is now split up into various luxurious condominiums.
I found this video showing the inside of Stone Manor.
If you feel energetic, a pathway runs the whole way around the lake, a distance of about 20 miles.
This means you could get up close and personal to some of the mansions. And turn around and see their view of the lake.