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Raleigh And The Arts

June 20, 2017

So here’s a confession. I like Raleigh a lot more than I like Charlotte.

I lived in Raleigh immediately after college and didn’t really like it at all: I had a job where I travelled a lot, so I didn’t really know anyone. I wasn’t married and had a long-distance boyfriend (now husband) that I would go and visit a lot. I didn’t give Raleigh a chance.

Now that I’m going to Raleigh for work a lot (basically once every 3 weeks), I’ve developed a new appreciation for the city.

Reasons why I like Raleigh better:

  • more greenways with more connectivity
  • free museums
  • nature is closer to the city

For example, today after work I took I 5 minute drive to the NC Museum of the Arts to stroll along their art-filled trails that connect to the greenway system and can take you to William B. Umpstead State Park (the busiest park in North Carolina!)

I loved seeing cyclists pedeling, families spending time together, hammocks thrown up, and friends socializing while running. The NCMA seems to be a great starting point for those looking for a big of exercise after work, and I consistantly find myself here when I’m in town – either for lunch at IrisΒ or to get some fresh air after a long day in the car.

I found myself in town again (for the 3rd time this month) and on a overcast afternoon, was able to stroll along The Museum Park and enjoy the eclectic sculptures along the path.

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Here’s a map of the Museum Park and where the art sculptures are if you’re planning on visiting yourself!

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I (finally) got a haircut and got 5 inches chopped of, losing the split ends. I am putting too much conditioner in my hair now, but muscle memory is powerful. And I got these artsy sunglasses for myself for my birthday (29 now, y’all!). #selfie

How do you find ways to enjoy the arts in your city? I need details – I love public art installments and murals across cities!

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