Charlottesville...in pictures, but with my 2 cents' worth added to flesh out the juicy details.
Let's start with the farmers' market where Jen and I met up with Becky Calvert and Patience Crabstick. While they hashed out all the local gossip, I stood back and soaked in the "homegrown/homemade/organic/healthy/earth-friendly" vibe. It would be easy to drop a lot of money at that market and even though it seemed busy to me, I was informed it was just warming up for the season. Imagine! I also spent a little time fantasizing about what it would be like to live near such fun women full-time. I'd never be home I guess.
Cappellinos Crazy Cakes (which, I later learned, baked cupcakes for The Rock's daughter's birthday...yeah, That The Rock). Could that place and those ladies behind the counter BE any cuter? Plus the food? Pretty delectable. Fun ladies, funky atmosphere, delish baked goods.
You can walk just about everywhere in this town. It's hilly and on this particular weekend FULL of flowers. Lovely old houses with gardens tended to by very devoted owners. I could bore you with tons of garden snaps, but I won't. Just imagine the smell and vision of phlox, lilacs, tulips, cherry trees, dogwood, and daffodils all in bloom at once.
Back at Jen's. Did I mention her husband has really good beer on tap? Well, he has a little less on tap than he did before I showed up in town. (Pete's a peach of a guy, even if he didn't have local brew so handy.)
Boylan Heights. Clever campus joint with the fried potato salad. And good burgers.
During our walking tour of UVA we ran into some performance art. Or something. It was called "Festival of the Creature."
here's the link. Allow me a moment to wax eloquent about Becky's bacon jam, cherry butter, melon jam, olives, bread and wine selections. Savory, sweet, flavorful--hell, it was a party in my mouth.
You ever read about a place and think, man, that sounds fantastic? Jen, Patience and Becky were exactly like they are in their blogs, but better.
I'll fill you in on Day 2 tomorrow.