Christina and I got away a few weeks ago and visited  Ed and Angela in Asheville, North Carolina.  Ed is one of my oldest and dearest friends, having known him for nearly forty years.  He and Angela moved to Asheville a while ago and we have been wanting to visit them for a while.  Its too bad they do not live closer as Christina and Angela hit it off like two long lost sisters.

Asheville is a fantastic town.  Set in mountains of Western North Carolina, it features a funky and eclectic downtown full of art galleries and unique restaurants.  Christina and I spent hours wandering from shop to shop taking in the scene.

We also spent a day at the Biltmore estate.  The largest home in the United States, this palace was built in the late 1890’s by George Vanderbilt.  The photos below do not due it justice as it is a majestic castle set on amazing gardens.  One picture shows Christina  relaxing on a deck, and the next the mountain view.  Simply amazing.  The Biltmore is a must see while visiting Asheville.

On our drive back home we stayed over night in Charlottesville, VA.  Home to the University of Virginia, it has a downtown area about 5 blocks long blocked off to traffic.  We spent a warm summer evening strolling along in search of a spot to eat.  We picked Himalayan Fusion and sat outside not knowing what to expect.  Oh my!  The food was out of this world.  Operated by a family of émigrés from Nepal, this casual bistro serves a mix of spicy cuisine’s from the Himalayans.   We loved it!

P.S.  Sorry about the photo quality.  They were all shot with my Iphone, except for the first two of Ed and Angela.