Thursday, July 28, 2022

Cityscapes -


Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County in the United States. It is the second-most populous city in North Carolina, after Charlotte, tenth-most populous city in the Southeast, 41st-most populous city in the U.S., and the largest city of the Research Triangle metro area. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. The city covers a land area of 147.6 square miles (382 km2). The U.S. Census Bureau counted the city's population as 474,069 in 2020. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony in present-day Dare County  via Wikipedia

We did enjoy the city staycation despite torrential rain and winds in the afternoon hours. We still managed to visit a few places of interest including the fairly new train station and saw one train arriving; a 'food hall'; and one of our always liked, though offbeat, coffee shops where the iced coffee was the best and served in a lovely glass tumbler rather than a paper cup!  We were however the only seated people not on laptops, so we actually talked to one another while seeking shelter from the storm!  Dinner later was at our favorite Greek taverna, and delicious.

We have another downtown staycation planned in the near future - hopefully not so hot and humid, no scary thunderstorms, and the chance to see other new parts of the city.  Surprises seem to be around every corner. . . .the old Raleigh of our days working downtown is being obliterated by new buildings looming over everything!

Apparently it's called progress!


  1. Progress is the same everywhere. It destroys charm and replaces it with faceless new buildings. It's so sad.

  2. Good for you! Talking with each other that is. Makes me smile, but I know it is a dying art for spouses to simply chat with each other. Raleigh sounds like an interesting, historic city.

  3. Sounds like you had a lovely staycation. I love iced coffee in the summer. I have it at home every morning. I have a special glass tumbler for mine. Makes all the difference, doesn't it?

  4. Was supposed to visit Charlotte last month but had to drop it for some other reason. If I had been there, I would have definitely visited the city of Oaks.

  5. We used to live in Raleigh - Cary actually when it was nice and small. Wonder what it is like now. We are in Charlotte and while it's ok, I loved the Raleigh area.

  6. I haven't been to Raleigh in years. It does look like it is changing a lot!

  7. Dearest Mary,
    Glad you still managed to enjoy your stay in Raleigh, despite the rain!
    What a shame that nowadays so many people seem to be glued to their laptop or phone.
    Real conversation is becoming extinct and that is not a good thing, the balance between body and soul is so important!
    At times things change too rapidly and one wonders if it is all for the betterment of humanity.

  8. A staycation in your own city is such a lovely idea. Cityscapes can be quite wonderful to see.

  9. Interesting post and lovely pictures!

  10. Great photos, Mary. I like a good iced coffee, and have enjoyed several this summer. Sounds like you had a nice day, in spite of the thunderstorm. xo


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