My posts are getting out of order but at least I am getting a few more up, right?
After we had finished at Williamsburg, we headed south to New Bern, North Carolina. You might recognize the name from the news – they took an almost direct hit from Hurricane Florence. We had a friend we were meeting for lunch. She knew the area and recommended a restaurant in downtown to meet at.
We were shocked at the recovery the city had made already. Most of the businesses were up and running, just a couple of weeks after being flooded. This was a town that was not going to be knocked down! There were piles of debris that were very large but it was so easy to see the spirit rather than the piles. Their determination was a joy to witness!
The restaurant was so yummy! The girls enjoyed it, also.
After a fabulous lunch, we took a walk around downtown. Did you know that this is where Pepsi was invented? I had no idea! We visited a soda fountain and looked at a display of Pepsi memorabilia. There was, of course, lots of neat Pepsi logo items available for sale. Nothing struck me to purchase, which I was kind of sad about. My mom has always preferred Pepsi so I was hopeful of finding her a neat gift but no such luck.
One of the neat things we saw in New Bern was the large bears. These are statues that different artists and groups have purchased and painted. They are placed in random spaces around the downtown area. Maybe even outside downtown; that I don’t know. We enjoyed seeing the different depictions on the various bears.
After a nice walk, we came across a unique gift store. There were lots of neat items in there and I ended up purchasing the book Mysterious Happenings of Coastal North Carolina by Sherman Carmichael. It was an interesting read about the shipwrecks, hauntings, and strange happenings along coastal NC. I learned a lot and enjoyed reading about different people that I had heard of but didn’t really know much about.
Along the way, there was a neat spot in an alleyway where someone had painted big butterfly wings on the wall. It was a perfect spot to do a photo so the girls each took their turn being a butterfly.
Our stop in New Bern did not allow us to meet one of my blogging friends, as our schedules did not correspond well and I was disappointed. However, I was so pleased to be able to visit New Bern, see their can-do spirit, and learn about the place.