Originally published on Food and Fond Memories on February 16, 2017 by sandyaxelrod 0 Comments (Edit)
No one was more surprised than I was that I fell in love with Raleigh, NC.

A grey house with a tree in front that has yellow and orange leaves

Fall Colors

Gorgeous Fall Foliage

Gorgeous Fall Foliage

Our first visit to the North Carolina state capitol was in 2004 when Steve and I went on a 6 week road trip and stopped there for one night. It was a Sunday and we stayed at a hotel in the government center. Everything was closed and the best restaurant we could find was a sports bar. We decided at that moment we would probably never visit Raleigh again. But one should never say never! Fast forward to 2016. Our son and daughter in law moved from Charleston, SC to a North Carolina suburb of Raleigh. And since they have moved away from South Florida we have traditionally spent Thanksgiving with them.

A woman in the woods with sunlight streaming through the trees

Dappled sunlight and me

A babbling brook in the woods

The babbling brook

A hiking path passed a large lake

Our hiking path

Though they have raved about their new home town we were quite skeptical. Of course I should have trusted them I still was wary about what there would be to do for an entire week. Oh boy was I ever wrong. The area is just gorgeous and late November was the perfect time for our visit. We got to see the glory of fall foliage and the beauty of rolling hills, beautiful homes and fabulous farms all intermingled. Even the weather was pretty much perfect, for up north that is. Most days were in the 60’s with chilly nights but Thanksgiving Day was in the 70’s with virtually no humidity and bright sunshine.

Large menu board welcoming you to the Farmers' Market Restaurant

Farmers Market Restaurant

Inside the Farmers Market Restaurant

Farmers Market Restaurant

Many parks offer well marked hiking trails and we spent one of our mornings exploring one of them. Nothing is more peaceful than walking alongside a babbling brook. The crisp air smelled so fresh and the sun streamed through the trees just enough to keep us warm but not hot. Unlike Florida the terrain is hilly which made our mile and a half hike seem a bit more strenuous than it would have at home. It was wonderful and exhilarating. It also made us quite hungry so we headed to our new favorite breakfast spot at the State Farmer’s Market.

A 1941 Indian Model 441 motorcycle

1941 Indian Model 441

A silver and red 1938 Talbot-Lago Teardrop

1938 Talbot-Lago Teardrop

A silver and red 1938 Talbot-Lago Teardrop

1938 Talbot-Lago Teardrop

Bright red 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt convertible

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

A denim blue 1936 Stout Scarab

1936 Stout Scarab

Since we were also hungry for more of Raleigh we thought we would explore the North Carolina Museum of Art. To our delight there was an Art Deco Car Exhibit featuring the most amazing cars from that era circa 30’s and 40’s. We were certainly wowed by how modern the cars looked. Some were even futuristic by todays standards. In all there were 14 cars and 3 motorcycles that proved that elegance reigned supreme. The Art Deco period is synonymous with luxury and glamour and is know for blending industrial design and decorative arts. It is probably my favorite period for art, jewelry, cars, decor and architecture. And this exhibit reaffirmed my love for this era with cars of bold sensuous shapes, hand crafted details and luxurious finishes. They were stunning examples of car design at its peak.

A metallic light green 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Aerolithe

1935 Bugatti Type 57S Aerolithe

A metallic light green 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Aerolithe

1935 Bugatti Type 57S Aerolithe

1930 Ruxton Model C automoblile

1930 Ruxton Model C

A black 1938 Delahaye 135M Roadster convertible with luggage tan leather interior

1938 Delahaye 135M Roadster

A silver 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B “Xenia”

1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B “Xenia”

1934 Edsel Ford’s Model 40 Speedster convertible

1934 Edsel Ford’s Model 40 Speedster

1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow

1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow

A blue 1940 Tatra T87

1940 Tatra T87

A blue 1940 Tatra T87

1940 Tatra T87

1934 BMW R7 Concept Motorcycle

1934 BMW R7 Concept Motorcycle

When we finished ogling the cars we wiped the drool from our chins and headed to the main building to view more traditional art. We were blown away by the scope of the museum. With art through the ages the works were divided into smaller galleries which included a fabulous Rodin exhibit and an exhibit that touched our hearts because it was filled with Judaica.

A woman posing as The Thinker next to the actual sculpture of The Thinker

Thinking with The Thinker by Rodin

The Kiss by Rodin sculpture on a white pedestal

The Kiss by Rodin

A very large glass case filled with judaica at a museum

Judaica at NCMA

A variety of torahs on display in a museum

Torahs at NCMA

A very large glass case filled with judaica at a museum

More Judaica at NCMA

Though we look forward to returning to Raleigh to visit family we also can’t wait to return to see more of what the North Carolina State Capitol has to offer!