Yesterday morning, as we were getting ready to head to the airport, I got a call from the lovely people at US Airways. They called to notify me that our flight was delayed an hour. Boo, I’m not a fan of delays but these things happen and at least we knew before we headed to the airport!
Even though we headed to the airport an hour late, we had some time to kill before our flight. Alex hit up Dunkin’ Donuts…
… and I decided to take an obnoxious number of self portraits.
I’ve spared you from the bulk of them 😉
After a brief, “one hour” delay, we were on our way to visit with my aunt and grandparents. The flight was surprisingly smooth and quick, which is all I could have asked for. I’m an incredibly nervous flyer!
My aunt picked us up from the airport and took us back to her place to serve up lunch. She had a great spread from Whole Foods of salad, cheese, bread, and fruit. It had all of my favorite elements and I was in heaven!
After lunch Alex and I took a walk around Old Salem.
Old Salem is a part of Winston-Salem that was once the home to the Moravians that settled in Salem several years ago. Many of the old buildings and gardens have been preserved. We were able to walk around and get a feel for life as it used to be.
Naturally, our first stop was to the bakery.
Alex bought a piece of their chocolate pound cake and I bought some strawberry fig preserves. I can’t wait to dig into the jam once I get home! We also bought some souvenirs for my family and made friends with the locals. Being New Yorkers, we’re not used to strangers that are so open and have a tendency to overshare, haha.
We continued on and walked through a good portion of the grounds.
The town has been maintained beautifully. I loved all the greenery and architecture. We had a great time walking around but in the end we were ready to head home. It was so hot out! We needed to recuperate inside with some water and AC. It hasn’t gotten this warm in NY yet and we just weren’t ready for it. But it’s a great sign that summer is just around the corner. I’m totally ready for that!
The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting with my grandparents. This was the first time they’d met Alex. They were both thrilled to have Alex and I visit. I’m glad we were able to make the trip down here as I’m not sure if they’ll be able to make it to our wedding. So, it’s nice to have some time with them now 🙂
Later in the evening we headed to a cute, little Italian place for dinner. After browsing through the menu, I decided on the spinach calzone. I love me some cheesy bread!
The calzone was huge! I barely made it through half. But naturally I saved room for some dessert.
This place was very similar to one of my favorites in NYC, 16 handles. They had a large variety of yogurts to choose from and dozens of toppings!
I didn’t hold back. I started out with cookies ‘n cream and cake batter ice cream and topped it with Reese’s peanut butter cups, cookie dough, and some Jelly Bellys.
Hmmm, not really in line with my goals but it sure was delicious! Besides, I’m on vacation; all bets are off.
That about does it for our first day in NC. Today we’re going to spend some more time visiting with family and I hope to get a tour of the downtown area. Alex and I love getting a feel for each city we visit and what better way than by foot? (Haha, I just typed “food” instead of foot. You know where my mind is!)
Have you ever been to North Carolina? If so, what part?