Our last official vacation day was a long one but a fun one. We drove in to Eureka Springs and headed straight for St. Elizabeth's Church. It's unusual because the entrance is through the bell tower. It's a beautiful little chapel and Jayson was helpful in explaining all of the statues and symbolism of the Catholic church.
Inside the foyer there were 4 statues with candles in front of them where you can pray. We understood all of the statues except one. Apparently you can pray to Jesus, Mary, St. Therese or Friar Tuck.
We stopped by Frog Fantasies hoping to see their huge collection of frogs, but they had just moved into a new place and don't have room for their collection which is packed up in 50 banana boxes right now. They had a few things on display and for sale and we had a nice visit with the old frog guy.
Thorncrown Chapel. I had seen pictures online and knew it would be amazing and it was. The architecture is incredible. It has over 400 windows from floor to ceiling and is surrounded by a beautiful wooded area. All of the furnishings and decor inside the chapel mimics the architecture of the building, making it a cohesive, beautiful experience. I loved it!
After a quick lunch downtown we headed to Quigley Castle, which I had been looking forward to all week. Everywhere we went, Jayson & Taylor asked me why we were going there, what we would see, what was so special about it, etc. I had no idea. I caught a glimpse of this stuff on the internet, it looked cool so we went. They both thought that Quigley Castle was the "big cheese" of this trip but I had to disagree. I didn't find it cheesy at all, I loved it. Yes, it was a little overkill but it was definitely a one of a kind experience. Mrs. Quigley had a large collection of rocks, stones, shells, marbles, etc. that she used to completely cover the outside of her house as well as anything else that would sit still. She made sculptures from her collection and also has a lot of big, free standing chunks of minerals. And the bottle trees! I love bottle trees and I lost count of how many she had.