New Bern, North Carolina 2/5/2014

FEBRUARY 5, 2014 (Wednesday)

 

Rain. Fog. Cold. Seems like that’s what North Carolina wants for us this week. Decided to get out into it anyway.

Rained hard off and on all day here.

Rained hard off and on all day here.

Cleared for the drive a little.

Cleared for the drive a little.

Michael’s gout is still acting up, actually worse, so he stayed home. He can barely walk and just wanted to sit it out. Lexi and I debated between the aquarium and going into New Bern. We decided to go into New Bern to explore.

The drive to New Bern is about 45 miles (approximately an hour). It’s an easy drive, pretty much straight down the highway. We took the exit that said Tryon Palace. Wasn’t sure what it was but wanted to see. We drove down such narrow and fun streets. Saw lots of old (really old) buildings and churches. Lovely. Very quaint. We saw Tryon Palace but decided not to go since it was raining. We did get out for awhile and walk the streets of old town New Bern. What fun little unique shops. We went into a wine shop, a dog shop, a lovely wedding shop, and window shopped.  This part of the town reminded us a lot of Carmel, California.

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Street banners.

Street banners.

Police bear?

Police bear?

Lots of brick buildings...

Lots of brick buildings…

Victorians.

Victorians.

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and Historical markers.

and historical markers.

 

Clock tower and city hall

Clock tower and city hall

 

Nice downtown

Nice downtown

Lex even ran into Elvis.

Lex even ran into Elvis.

We were getting hungry so we asked a local (who just happened to be crossing the street at the same time as us) where a good place was. She suggested a couple, one of which was Captain Ratty’s. Good choice. Great food. Lexi and I split a Hollywood burger (avocado, bacon, cheese) and some onions rings. Excellent. We couldn’t resist it when the server said the key lime pie was homemade, and got a piece to go.

Captain Ratty's

Captain Ratty’s

Onion rings.

Onion rings.

Half an order of fries and a Hollywood burger.

Half an order of fries and a Hollywood burger.

After lunch we wanted to find the “home of Pepsi Cola.” It was really close and we got to explore it.  Mainly a store now that has all sorts of knick knacks.  Apparently, way back when, a pharmacist made the formula for Pepsi and this was the original pharmacy/soda fountain. Fun. Back then it was called “Brad’s Drink.”  Was hoping for a tour like you get with Jelly Belly factory, but no.

Where it all started.

Where it all started.

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Historical marker.

Inside the pharmacy with soda fountain.

Inside the pharmacy with soda fountain.

 

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Lots of souvenirs for sale.

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The man who invented Pepsi.

The man who invented Pepsi.

We stopped by the Walmart in Morehead City on the way home. We wanted to get Michael his medications. IMG_8769

Lexi and I decided to drive a little bit down the other side of the island. Was fun. Got to see another really cute mailbox – for sure this one is my favorite since it involved a flamingo.

Edie's new favorite mailbox.

Edie’s new favorite mailbox.

So that was our day. Hope yours was great!

 

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