Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sixteen: North Carolina

As I mentioned earlier this week, I was in North Carolina visiting Matt this past weekend. He's studying at Duke for the summer, which we visited soon after I arrived.

This is the Duke Chapel, which was surprisingly built less than 100 years ago.

The gothic revival design of the chapel was beautiful, and it could have easily belonged in Europe, especially the interior.

We drove west to Asheville on Saturday to spend a day in the mountains. I seriously miss mountains and nature in general living in Houston. It's such a concrete wasteland compared to beautiful places like this!

That house was the B&B we stayed in, a 100-plus year old mansion completely and beautiful restored. It was absolutely lovely, and the property surrounding the mansion was quaint and wonderful.

Asheville was a very cute, eclectic town full of old homes and hippies. We spent the afternoon wandering around the old historic district.

Also in Asheville is St. Lawrence's Basilica, a beautiful Catholic church built by the same architect who designed the Duke Chapel.

As early evening fell in Asheville, the street artists and musicians came out of the woodworks. This girl was one of those statue street artists who would remain motionless unless you ponied up money. Matt decided to support the art world by giving her a few bucks, so she played her drum for us.

These folks were all members of a fun jazz/folk band playing on the streets.

We drove back to Durham Sunday afternoon, and early Monday, I was a plane back to Houston. It was a fast, but fun weekend, and a wonderful getaway from the Houston heat and oppressive humidity.

North Carolina, you were amazing. I hope to come back one day.

1 comment:

  1. That first picture is breathtaking! What a lovely area. It's too bad you didn't get much time there.