Second day in CharlotteJune 22, 2017 in the United States
We got up later than planned and appeared to have missed breakfast again. Instead we headed out to the Mint museum in Randolph in midtown. Driving through the leafy suburbs and impressive boulevards we felt more disposed to Charlotte. There is clearly a huge amount of wealth in he city judging by the impressive colonnaded villas. Through light drizzle we dashed across the car park arriving at the gallery just as it opened. We were here to see an exhibition named 'The Wyeths, three generations.'
I had minor familiarity with The painting 'Christina's World' by Andrew Wyeth. This exhibition uniquely featured work by his father NC Wyeth and Andrews son Jamie Wyeth all extremely versatile and talented artists. After enjoying this we took a look at the permanent collection which we loved. Richard especially loved the English porcelain collection, curated better than any exhibition we have seen in London. I loved the South American ceramics which were in excellent condition bearing in mind their age at 500AD. It was an excellent reminder of our time spent in South America in 2011 as well.
The afternoon was unremarkable. We bought some socks and underwear so we didn't need to do a further laundry load, we also decided to get our supper in from the local supermarket which happened to be Whole Foods or Whole Paycheck as it is known here. It made an expensive but unremarkable meal apart from the delicious but overpriced carrot cake.
After much reading we finally drifted off to sleep only to be worked by a siren at 1:30 telling us that a fire alarm had been activated in the building and we were to leave immediately without using the elevators. For the first time, being on the 16th floor felt like a bad idea. We joined the solemn queue of other guests heading for the ground floor via the fire escape. Some in there pyjamas others with fully packed suitcases. We proceeded calmly but in the back of our mind was the terrible fire in London so we were relieved to exit the building to stand and watch the fire crew check the building. When it was revealed to be someone smoking in the bathroom we were allowed back in but the fire crew had deactivated the elevators so we had to wait another hour for them to come back. Finally we got into bed at about 3.00 and fell straight asleep.
So time to pack again before heading off to our final stop. Boston and spending time with our friends Tony and Betsy.Read more