heard about a tiny town in North Carolina called
Asheville this summer when I met an American
from NC and he said the only really nice city to visit in NC would be Asheville and the rest
pretty much just sucked. I did not really know if I wanted to go but later
heard about Biltmore the giant home of Vanderbilt - a house bigger than HeartsCastle
which I had visited a few years back. So I figured maybe I should actually go
and have a look at the town.
that if you want to visit Biltmore it is pretty expensive and you probably have
to spend most of the day doing that - so I pass and drive to the centre of Asheville instead. The
city went through a very long downturn after the depression in the 1930s and
never really recovered before the late 1970s or 1980s. Hence all the city
development which went on in most other cities never reached Asheville - therefore the old centre is more
or less intact.
It is a
nice older town with a few nice houses built in the style of the era. But
somehow it is not really living up to the expectations - I clearly prefer Wilmington to this city.
So I head out of town after my quick tour of down town to go out on the
mountain roads just out of the city. The Blue Ridge Parkway which actually go
along the top of a long stretch of the Appalachian Mountains and sort of connects
Park to ShenandoahNational Park in the northern part of Virginia.
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