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A Walk in the White of Alys Beach

On the northern coast of Florida lies a community reminiscent of the Greek Isles with a touch of southern Spain. A whitewashed village of homes transports you out of the norm and lands you in a realm of quiet and class. Architectural details delight the senses as even the gutters of these streets are styled with elegance. I remember breezing by Alys Beach in the car and knowing I had to go back and photograph it.

I put my early rising body to good use and headed out one morning just as the sun rose above the white minaret-like structures that mark the entrance to Alys Beach on 30A. You can’t miss the town as it’s easily the most recognizable stretch of road with these impressive sets of pyramid topped butteries guarding its entrance from each direction.

Alys has easy parking along its flawless tall hedges and I parked my car to head out into the neighborhood. Even at 6:30AM there was movement in the nearby park. Donuts were being sold out of a food truck, so I grabbed one and enjoyed a little bit of sweet as I weaved through the streets.

There is no shortage of white in Alys and very few pops of color are in the area. The intentional designs and simple curving architectural details supply all the ornamentation needed. Nature and the town harmonize with each other throughout with abundant parks and creative green spaces. I passed shady courtyards with curving stairwells, nooks with ivy and corners with agave growing in the sea of alabaster. Sculptural art elements danced between buildings and colorful window shutters kept the sun from penetrating inner sanctuaries.

I followed cobblestone pavers around the town, over bridges and beside skinny Italian-like cedars. Alys Beach prides itself on sustainability and the stone paths allow rain water to run through to the earth and the whitewashed walls help keep homes cool. I finished my circle of the city with a stop at Fonville Press for breakfast. Even the partnering playground was a work of art with green hills, slides, musical instruments to play and large white serpents to sit on. I enjoyed my truffle parmesan eggs served in cast-iron with toast while savoring the sun on my last morning in Florida.

If you are traveling to the South Walton area of Florida, make a stop at this dreamy town by the sea. Relax into its small serene streets or rent a bike from the nearby stand. It’s the perfect way to spend a morning while soaking in the splendor and style this part of Florida has to offer.

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Victoria says

    Just what I needed this morning.
    Glad you’ve still got your walking shoes on.

  2. Feroz Khan says

    Hi Sheri,

    Saw a blog from you after such a long time. Where have you been? I think the last one you wrote was when you were in India. By the way, I will be flying to that region. Leaving on March 14 and will be in Kathmandu, Nepal. I want to take the “Mount Everest Fly By” trip. Take some pictures of Mount Everest as the plane flies next to the mountain and create a painting when I come home.

    When will you be in metro Detroit? Let me know and we will get together.

    Feroz

    • Hello Feroz, That’s very exciting you will be traveling to that region! I have so many photos from the same area that I still need to share! I hope you have a wonderful trip. I will let you know where I have been and when I will be in Detroit soon. I’m writing a blog about it currently. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hi again Sheri,
    I don’t post all my paintings on my website. I was looking at your photo semiotically… do you think human civilization or culture is in meltdown?
    The cult of culture.
    Write me on my email if you feel like it.
    I’m still in the south of Italy. No plans to visit America.
    I make a lot of photos too but mostly I study to know.
    best wishes,
    Leo

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