Little mountain town

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The city hald

I first 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 Hearts Castle in California which I had visited a few years back. So I figured maybe I should actually go and have a look at the town.

 

I realize 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 Great Smokey Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park in the northern part of Virginia.

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The city hald
The city hald
Just one random house with some de…
Just one random house with some d…
Closer look down at the decoration
Closer look down at the decoration
The stone work on the front of the…
The stone work on the front of th…
The church of the city
The church of the city
The church of the city
The church of the city
Estate in the outskirts of the town
Estate in the outskirts of the town
The court house
The court house
Lamps
Lamps
Asheville
photo by: vances