University of North Carolina
13.04.2017 - 14.04.2017 28 °C
On Thursday 14/4 we travelled from Pinehurst NC to Chapel Hill NC by way of Pinehurst Shuttle to Raleigh Durham Airport and taxi to Chapel Hill. Taxi fares are quite cheap here and competitive with Uber.
Chapel Hill is the town that contains University of North Carolina (UNC), or should I say, Chapel Hill is UNC. In every shop and everywhere else, it is about the university. The students, the residents, the tourists, the buses, even the fire engines are blue and white, the university colours. It may have something to do with the fact that UNC two weeks ago won the national college basketball final but I understand it's pretty much like this all the time.
Our nephew Brodie is a freshman at UNC and we came here to visit him. And we were lucky to have him give us a guided tour of the campus. The campus is simply amazing. Wonderfully buildings, beautiful open spaces, fantastic sports and training facilities, libraries, lecture theatres, laboratories, a hospital, you name, it it's here and it's good.....except the dorm rooms which are very small and dated (but you only need to sleep in them I suppose).
We are staying in the Carolina Inn which is a fabulous hotel right on the edge of the campus. It is a beautiful old building, excellently maintained and a luxurious hotel experience.
Friday 15/4 is Good Friday and a public holiday here. There was no school but most of the shops and restaurants were open. We had a quiet day with a leisurely breakfast, a walk, a short visit to the hotel gym and, of course, some gold watching on the golf channel.
Dinner with Brodie and two of his friends at "Crossroads" at the Carolina Hotel was great. Good conversation and great food, probably some of the best food we have had in the US.
Heading for Orlando/Port Canaveral in the morning for our cruise with Laura and so looking forward to that. But our detour to Chapel Hill was delightful. We are so glad we decided to visit.