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Adventures in Asheville

After a hectic three-day trip to Floyd County, VA, I drove south, to Asheville, where a recently retired friend of mine lives. I hadn’t seen him since March and he seems to be settling into retirement well, given the scary financial situation that all retirees are facing these days! He took me on a tour of downtown Asheville on the first day and we had lunch at Doc Shays, an Oriental restaurant which I thought served really tasty food. I’ve seen reviews that said differently, but I’d go back! I loved the architecture of some of the restored buildings in Asheville, though I didn’t take enough pictures. Here is a shot of the restored S&W Building:

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Not the best shot, I realize, but those fancy street lights got in the way!

I’m a real sucker for doors, for some reason, and on one of the streets north of Pack Square, I found these beauties:

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I love the rounded top and the rough texture of the planks that make up the doors! I suppose I could have used some kind of flash to eliminate the afternoon sunlight patterns on the doors, but I like those, too. Right next to these double doors was this single door:

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Again, I love the pattern of the shadows on the door and the irregular width of the planks with the rough marks on them. I wonder if they were salvaged doors from an old church in Europe or whether they were locally made. Perhaps some denizen of Asheville will be able to tell me?

3 Comments on “Adventures in Asheville”

  1. #1 June
    on Nov 8th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    You came to Floyd and didn’t let me know! What brought you here? Do you know people? I aim to get to Asheville next year…I’ve long wanted to. I think of it as a place that will resonate with me…if not my pocketbook 🙂

  2. #2 Beth
    on Nov 8th, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Wow, those really are beautiful doors. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve lived near Asheville now for ten months and haven’t yet been downtown. But your photos make me want to go.

  3. #3 Jeff
    on Nov 8th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    You can park for free at the Chamber of Commerce and walk downtown – it isn’t very far at all!

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