Sunday, September 20, 2009

Stalking Eagles and Panthers in the Queen City

A week ago (9/13) we were in Charlotte to catch the Philadelphia Eagles game against the Charolotte Panthers in beautiful Bank of America Stadium. Go Eagles!

While not a hike strictly speaking, we did walk many a mile in downtown Charlotte, enjoyed a great symphony concert with an amazing young pianist, Yuja Wang, playing the Beethoven "Emperor" piano concerto - if not one of the most magnificant pieces of music ever composed, certainly one of the most magnificant musical compositions by a deaf person - and had a great time at the game.

Here are some photos from the weekend.

Presbyterian Church where "Stonewall" Jackson once worshipped, near a beautiful city park.

The park had these great ceramic bird houses, several of which are shown below.

The Fourth Ward had a great walking tour with many beautiful restored homes.

A mile or so from this area was a beautiful little park called the Green. It had many scenic features, as well as a fabulous restaurant recommended by a local: Ratcliffe on the Green.

All roads lead to Charlotte

We watched little kids having a blast getting wet in this fountain

There were many signs like this with the names of famous authors made from distances to various points - very cool!

An imposing panther guards Bank of America Stadium, home of the Charlotte Panthers.

Pregame festivities included a huge American flag and a flyover by four jet fighters.

The Eagles prepare to snap the ball. The Eagles prevailed 38-10. Go "Iggles!"

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