After spending a relaxing week with my Aunt and Uncle, it was time for me to head out on my own. I booked a rental car and drove the four hour trek to Raleigh. Upon arriving, I got settled into my Airbnb then decided to walk closer to downtown for dinner. The area of Raleigh I stayed in was called the Mordecai district and it was full of cute, historic homes.
I wish I could’ve taken photos of all the houses, but I had to draw the line somewhere. They all had so much charm with their porch swings, gardens, twinkle lights, etc.
I ended up having dinner at this place called “The Station” which was about a mile down the road from me. It was mostly your typical bar food but with a bit more variety. I had a roasted veggie salad with grilled chicken and a Gluten Free beer.
I was wiped, so after dinner I walked home, worked on a blog post, and called it a night. The next day I decided to wander downtown in the direction of a restaurant called “Living Kitchen.”
Along the roughly two mile walk I passed more homes, government buildings, parks, restaurants, and shops.
I stopped in my tracks to turn around and take this photo. I love a statement door and blue is my favorite color, so coming across this was exciting. It doesn’t take much people.
The next day I decided to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art. I had heard it was a nice museum but I have to say, I think it just may have been my favorite museum I’ve ever visited. To start, there’s an indoor and an outdoor museum. They have walking and biking trails, all well marked, and not to mention- it’s free. That’s right, free! I toured the permanent exhibit, which including the outdoor portion, took me a couple hours. They also have another building that has traveling exhibits, which you do have to pay for, but I didn’t make it over there.
This piece I found particularly moving. The artist behind it wanted to create something to honor the African American pilots that (up until recently) didn’t get the recognition they deserved for their part in fighting the war. He took a body cast of himself to create this piece in 1991, which he then transformed into what you see above. Those are planes flying into a fighter pilot in case it’s hard to tell from the photo. Two years later in 2001 he was killed in his studio, which was located in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. It gives me chills to even type that out. It was striking as soon as I walked up to it, but then after reading the story behind it, even more so.
The outdoor portion has multiple trails, as I mentioned, but they have the statues mapped out so you can make sure you don’t miss any. My sense of direction is sub par at best so I definitely missed some, but there was still plenty I did see and love!
This metal tree was my favorite of the outdoor pieces. I loved the simplicity of it. There was a bird sitting on the top of it which took me a moment to release was not a piece of the sculpture. You can see the bird in the photo at the top of this post.
They also had a children’s area with sculptures that were meant to be climbed on. This pig was one of those pieces, which reminded me of a blimp.
I lucked out with the weather that day, as you can see. It was really hot, but I didn’t mind.
If you find yourself in Raleigh I would highly recommend coming to this museum. It was definitely the highlight of my time there.
As always, please let me know if you have questions! Thanks for reading. 🙂