Charlotte, North Carolina

After a brief visit to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve spent most of the last few days in North Carolina.

The first few days were hot … and humid.

I immediately wilt in humidity.

I’m not used to it, and it kicks my ass.

(Also?  BAD HAIR!!)

I walk around with hair stuck to my head, sweaty wet clothes, and a bright red face.

Clearly, I’m not accustom to being dripping wet the minute I walk outdoors.

Still, North Carolina is a beautiful state.

(I just maybe should have waited until October to visit!)

Here are a few photos I’ve taken since I’ve been here.

Suzanne Haggerty Elevator © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

There seems to be an unwritten rule, I have to take a photo in hotel elevators when I travel.

Interesting trivia:  A lot of the show Homeland was filmed at my hotel and in the immediate surrounding areas in up Uptown Charlotte.

I keep waiting to run into Brody, but so far he hasn’t appeared.

Here’s a pretty photo of Charlotte:

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I took the above photo from the roof of a building.

The building had no elevator to the roof – just a hot stairwell.

DID I MENTION THE HEAT?

I can never get over the clouds when I travel.

You should all appreciate your clouds – we don’t see many of them in Southern California.

I stopped by the Carolina Panthers (Bank of America) stadium:

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The Panthers weren’t playing during my visit.   (Darn!)

But, I wanted to see and photograph the giant panther statues outside the stadium.

They’re absolutely amazing – huge and SCARY!

If you ever get a chance, it’s worth a visit just to see them.

Kudos to whoever the artist was – they’re fantastic!

I met a man in a bar during Sunday brunch:

Matt © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

His name is Matt.

Matt was not shy.

Matt was a lot of fun.

If I lived near Matt all the time, I’m pretty sure we’d be best friends.

Yesterday, the heat finally broke and it rained.

It was fun to have rain, and wind, and cool weather.

And yet, I was baffled when I saw this in my hotel lobby:

UmbrellaBag © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

iPhone photo of umbrella bags

I had never seen umbrella bags before.

They stopped me cold in my tracks.

I had to snap a photo with my iPhone.

Then I noticed people staring at me as I took the photo.

Apparently, umbrella bags are a normal thing here and it was odd for people to see me photographing them.

There is so much about life a native Southern Californian doesn’t know …..

2 Responses to “Charlotte, North Carolina”

  1. Jan's Sushai Bar

    LOL – if you lived someplace where it rains a lot, you’d understand the umbrella bags. Better than having umbrellas drip all over the lobby floor!

  2. Jane

    I was in NC in June and July and the humidity whomped me too! My brother lives in Asheville so it’s a little cooler there usually. Sounds like you’re having a great time!

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