We’re back from a long and exciting vacation, tired but glad. We enjoyed three cities in four days and hardly had time to rest. I always make a list of old favorites and must-see places I’ve never been before–it helps to have a plan. We bought art and ceramics and too many books, coffee, and pastries, perhaps. That plus amazing meals, delicious cocktails, a beautiful wedding, and sweet company made for the best trip. Our one regret is that we didn’t make it to any museums so they’re at the top of our list for next time.
Saturday night we popped into Plieades Gallery before dinner and drinks with friends in Durham. I’m happy we did because I left inspired and in awe of the talent represented there. I took home a piece by Lucia Marcus and can’t wait to have it framed.
I’m so grateful for our time spent with those we love. David’s aunt was incredibly kind and generous to us. And we loved seeing our dear friend who moved to Alabama and getting to know his fiancée better. They are such good people and I feel blessed to know them. Sunday we had brunch with one of our favorite couples who happened to be in town celebrating their anniversary as well. We haven’t been terribly social lately and this was exactly what we needed to remind us of the joys of fellowship.
Our stay in Asheville wasn’t too long but David and I fell in love with the city all over again. So much has changed since we were there 6 years ago, and especially since David lived there twenty years ago. There’s so much to see and do. We can’t wait to visit places like Old North, Villagers, and the incredible studios in the River Arts District again soon.
To me the best vacations are the ones where you come home feeling inspired, hopeful, and excited about the city you live in. There are things our city doesn’t have, yes, but seeing other places grow and thrive, particularly in the arts, makes me appreciate all that we do offer and all that we’re working toward. I’m truly happy to be home.