Trip To Charlotte

I thought I'd take a break from the fashion and do a little post on our trip to Charlotte about a month ago. We had such a nice time, and I think I got some really good photos with my trusty IPhone. It was just a one day trip, but we packed as much stuff into it as we could....

The start of an early morning drive. 
4 years together. And they said we wouldn't last...

Lunchtime Cocktail
Off to an early start.

Hello Charlotte!
I snapped this shot from the car. I'm quite proud of it.

My first visit to the gallery that houses my favorite artist's (other than Jerry) work. I discovered Duy Huynh's paintings on last year, and I've been smitten ever since. I was thrilled to find out that he lives and operates out of a gallery in Charlotte, so I knew my next visit to Charlotte would include a stop to this gallery. It was everything I hoped for and more. His wife, who runs the gallery, is from my small town of all places! We even know some of the same people! To see Duy's work in person is a whole different experience that you can't get through the Internet or even his prints that are available through The texture of his paintings are amazing. He uses stamps to incorporate intricate patterns into the texture. It really adds another dimension to his work. In addition to Duy's paintings, the gallery is full of many works by other talented artists.  

Brochure of the current exhibit: Cross Pollination
Absolutely beautiful work in this exhibit. 

Here's a few of my favorites:
Subject To Change by Duy Huynh

Symbiotic Mindset by Duy Huynh

Elvis, Day Gecko with Squash Blossom by Vikki Sawyer

King of the Pollinators by Vikki Sawyer

We would have loved to buy everything in the store, but alas, we are poor, so we picked up a couple of pottery items that were in our price range:

I got this cute little vase.

And Jerry picked up this mug.

After the gallery, we checked into a hotel and got freshened up for the concert that started in a couple of hours. I snapped a quick selfie and then we walked through downtown Charlotte and the most beautiful cemetery I've ever seen to get to our destination. I actually planned the walk through the cemetery because I thought it would be "neat." Yeah, I'm a little weird... However, I had no idea how big this cemetery was going to be. We actually got a little lost in it, but we eventually found our way out the other side.

But first, let me take a selfie.

Elmwood Cemetery - even the name is creepy. Nightmare on Elm Street, anyone?

Springtime in the Cemetery

Because we were lost and in a hurry, I didn't get to take photos in the cemetery like I would have liked to, so here's some images from the cemetery's website:

Ok, enough of the morbidity, let's go to The Decemberist's concert. Oh wait, half their songs are about death. Oh well, just enjoy the pretty pictures all taken by moi from the second row with my humble Iphone camera. 

When we walked out the door of the concert venue, this is what greeted us: 

 Well played, Mattie's, well played.

 I had only one word going through my mind as we walked into Mattie's: Milkshake

Midnight Milkshakes at Mattie's 
(say that real fast 3 times)
Perfect ending to a perfect day.



  1. That was an amazing trip for me...thanks for chronicling it so I could tag along vicariously! Unbelievably gorgeous pictures from your cell phone - atta girl! Love that last picture of youse...beautiful. Four years, you say? Where does the time go? XO

  2. Looks like a fantastic trip! You got some wonderful photos with your camera. I didn't even think a phone was capable of that. Wow!!! Really beautiful and amazing! Glad you had fun and congrats on four years!

  3. Thank you for the Decemberist photos. Brings back great memories from Seattle and Portland a decade ago. I've been following your blog for a few years now, and want to thank you for sharing.

  4. Great pictures, Bonnie! You definitely have an eye for photography. Have you and Jerry ever thought of starting a photography business? I could see you two taking pictures at Weddings or events. Something to think about?!?!?! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Bonnie- You look so happy in these photos; it makes me happy. I have to admit your iPhone photos are million times better than any of mine! Love the Decemberists and now I want to go hang out at that cemetery! -Long time reader, first time poster.


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