I had been looking forward to visiting Eureka Springs as soon as we had planned our trip to the States. It seemed like the sort of place I would really enjoy. But when the actual day came round my son and I were all out of sorts and tired. I could probably have slept all day but it seemed ridiculous to miss the chance of seeing a new place just because I was feeling sleepy. So we went. And I did like the place – only now it seems as if I missed a lot of photo opportunities. But I will have to be content with the ones I did take and hope you too will enjoy a glimpse of this charming little town in the hills of Arkansas.
Our first stop was at the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas railway station to ride a turn-of-the-century train.
It was a trip back in time, made all the more special by a conductor with a story to tell and an ability to give a colourful flair to the history of the railroad.
Eureka Springs itself is quaint and colourful. Steep streets are lined with Victorian-style cottages and manors, hotels and eclectic little stores selling art, crafts, antiques and specialties of the area.
Since we visited a few days before the 4th of July, the town was all decked with flags and bunting.
Eureka Springs is a really picturesque place and it is indeed a pity that tiredness and the heat got to me so much that I was not able to enjoy it to the fullest.
But, perhaps, one day we will return to savour the beauty of a town that has not changed much in the last one hundred years.