In spring I was Charlottesville, Virginia for a few hours on the way to North Carolina. Those not familiar with that region (including myself) probably know it for the white supremacist rally in 2017 where one person died. Americans may remember learning in school that the city is historical and that presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe lived there. Southerners know that it is cute and charming; that’s what my friend who is from Florida told me when I asked where I should stop during my road trip with family, anyway.
The Downtown Mall, a pedestrian street, was indeed adorable. Only mid-May, it was a hot day in the south.
We had lunch, popped in and out of a few shops, and strolled down the street.
This drugstore had a soda fountain in the back. Notice the mortar and pestle above the sign.
This compact carousel was “operated” by a man manually pushing it! I was endlessly entertained.
I loved this wall with the First Amendment etched into it. Words about freedom of speech overlaid with chalk writings and drawings by the public.
I left a message too.