Sipping cocktails from the roofdeck bar and restaurant, Fahrenheit in Charlotte, NC
Last weekend I flew down to visit my good friends David and Mark (a.k.a. Frenchie and the Yankee) who moved to Charlotte approximately 2 years ago from Boston. The trip was fantastic from start to finish. It didn’t hurt that the weather in Charlotte last weekend was sunny and in the low 70s and every tree seemed to be blossoming, filling the streets with the heady fragrance of spring.
Charlotte’s hip South End
For those who don’t know David and Mark, they are spectacular hosts. In the span of just one weekend we attended a Saturday morning mimosa party that raised funds for Time Out Youth; strolled through the incredibly picturesque Fourth Ward; visited The Duke Mansion in the posh Myers Park neighborhood; rode Charlotte’s light rail system to the 7th Street Public Market where we purchased a bottle of wine and cheese from local shops then sat down – enjoying an urban picnic of sorts in the cute little marketplace; and we even squeezed in a bit of retail therapy, going to their friend’s men’s fashion shop, SILVERFLY. David and Mark hosted a lovely cocktail / dessert party at their home so I could meet their friends before we headed out to the gay bar Cathode Azure Club for some dancing.
While I enjoyed all that I did, my favorite time was spent together walking through their neighborhood – the South End, chatting over numerous bottles of wine and meeting their friends who are a charming and handsome bunch.
Charlotte, North Carolina’s Fourth Ward neighborhood
Out with the boys at Cathode Azure Club
A couple years ago our friends “Frenchie and the Yankee” moved from Boston to Charlotte, NC for a new job opportunity. While neither Frenchie or The Yankee are from Boston, they certainly succeeded in making it their home and long lasting friendships. I know Sergio and I are not the only ones to miss this fun couple.
I’ve been remiss in visiting them in Charlotte and am rectifying that by flying down to visit them for the weekend. Frenchie (shown above with me) and I have talked a few times and it sounds like the weekend will be spent, eating, drinking wine of course, and getting caught up. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but “I’m really excited to go to Charlotte.“
Regular readers will recall that in the fall I encouraged you to book a trip to a warm destination (if you could) in late January or February to break up the winter. Maybe it will make you feel good to know that I follow my own advice; two weeks from today, we fly to The Cayman Islands to visit my friend, Steve.
Steve is near and dear to my heart because if it weren’t for my blog, we may have never met. Back in the day Steve also wrote a blog and that is how we met. A chance visit to Boston to see a concert gave us the chance to meet in person and we hit it off. Steve’s the kind of guy who melts your heart the minute you meet because he is handsome and thoughtful. Although I’ve known him for a few years, until now I’ve not had a chance to visit him so I’m really looking forward to seeing where he lives, meeting his friends and visiting someplace new.
Have you ever been to the Cayman Islands? Tell me all about your experiences.
It is Thanksgiving in the US today, and I am spending the day with my family up at Lake Winnipesaukee (quite the mouthful – eh?). If you observe the holiday, I hope you can have yourself a relaxing, fun-filled day with friends and or family.
Hanging out on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Can’t believe it has already been a year. I leave for Brazil later next month; this time Sergio & I travel alone to spend time with his family before spending a few days in Sao Paulo.
After spending a few days in Dallas, TX for work I was able to hop a flight down to Austin, TX to visit Brian and Laura. Brian and I have been friends since elementary school and were roommates for about five years in Boston in my late 20s and early 30s. He moved to San Francisco where he met his wife, Laura, who is in the photo with me, wearing this ridiculous, over sized foam cowboy hat. A few years after they met and married they moved to Austin, TX where Laura had family.
We had a fantastic dinner at Searsucker. Sorry, no pictures or food reviews since it was all about drinking red wine, enjoying each other’s company and getting caught up. My last visit to Austin was back in January 2010 when I flew down with a group of friends to surprise Brian for his 40th birthday, which I wrote about in my post Brian’s birthday party in Austin.
Here is a photo of Laura (without the cowboy hat) and Brian from my first visit to Austin, TX back in 2009.