Saturday, April 26, 2008

Two days in Asheville, NC - a picture tour

Last week I spent 2 days in Asheville with my sister.

Here are some pictures- in random order:


Cold Mountain, watercolor by Jim Michielsen

This is a beautiful watercolor painting I bought in a small town near Asheville, Black Mountain. I fell in love with this painting! The artist is local to NC, Jim Michielsen is his name.


My favorite gargoyle in the whole world- an artist gargoyle!

I found him at the top of a column at the Biltmore estate, the largest private home in America.




Crab apple trees in bloom.





Biltmore estate: tulips by the lattice.




A very cool gnarly grape vine at Biltmore.



an adorable angel holding grapes at the Biltmore.




This one captured my heart- its a dancing sprite with a small child. It is so heartwarming!




All along gravel walks at the Biltmore are rock walls with amazing fountains.




Another fountain.




A view of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains that surround Asheville.

Downtown Asheville- the Grove, which is a restored building with galleries, shops and restaurants.
The outside of the Grove Building and a cool lamppost.



We had lunch in an old converted Pharmacy. This is a shot of the counter and ceiling. We ate grilled pimento cheese sandwiches- can't get more Southern than that!!




This is a 3 story fireplace in the lobby of the Crown Plaza, where we stayed while in Asheville. Very nice! Its a golf resort just on the edge of Asheville.


This was just on the sidewalk and I thought is was a cool shot. Great use of a garbage can!




A grape arbor back at Biltmore estate.


More gargoyles at Biltmore



this is a head that is part of a door sill...amazing!


Thinking gargoyle!

3 comments:

NANCY LEFKO said...

wonderful photo essay of your trip....seems like it was a fun vacation !!

rebecca woodward said...

Awesome! You have a good eye for photography. Thanks for sharing the
visuals!

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Unknown said...

Hello,

I'm an old friend and collector of Jim Michielsen water colors. Would you mind telling me how much you paid for his painting? my email is framerjohn@gmail.com

thank you