dancing with architecture: Wilmington, North Carolina
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So many travels, so little time to post... I am WAY late on posting photos and thoughts from various trips I have been on recently (and tend to favor posting the most recent trip, such as this one:): WILMINGTON!
The bride's company has a retreat every July. Because the bulk of the employees are on the east coast, they favor east coast locations for these retreats. And because the company is not ginormous (with ginormous budgets), they tend to favor quaint backwater eastern seaboard towns. These are not places we would normally seek to explore, but they are a hoot to explore nonetheless. This world is filled with interesting places.
Our sightseeing seems to gel about several themes: farmers' markets, food (and drink...), cemeteries, water (often a boat ride), art, graffiti, botanical gardens, and, of course, architecture, preferably modern. And this trip was no different.
Wilmington, originally established in 1732 under a different name (New Carthage and New Liverpool), is a port city with a wee bit more than 100,000 souls situated along the Cape Fear River. The downtown is southern-port-city quaint and livens up nicely on the weekends with a solid collection of clubs, bars, and restaurants. It's also only 30 minutes or so from gorgeous Atlantic beaches.
We went on a food tour for the first time (Taste Carolina) and thoroughly enjoyed it, mostly because we, along with another couple, got to pick out ingredients at the farmer's market and then spend an hour with a chef as he fixed it up and described what he was doing and why. Fantastic!