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Visiting the Queens City.

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A May 2006 trip to Charlotte by vampirefan

The statue of Queen Victoria Photo, More Photos
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Visiting the Queens City.

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Overview

The statue of Queen Victoria Photo,
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Charlotte is like any other major city with a skyline that includes larger than life high rise building jetting from the city streets. One of the prettiest of those buildings it the Hearst Tower with its art-deco inspired architecture. While it is evident this is a major city, Charlotte also manages to blend in nicely its older structures that have helped make this city what it was. On the corner of Trade and Tyron you will see 4 statues on each corner which pay tribute to Charlotte’s past. There is one for transportation, family, The Native Americans who first settled here, and a nod to the fact gold was first discovered in these parts. If you are in the downtown a...Read More

Discovery Place

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Attraction

Discovery Place Photo, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Discovery Place has earned its reputation as NC’s premier hands-on science museum. No matter if you are a kid or simply a kid at heart, you will find things here to stir your imagination. On the first level kids will enjoy Kids Place, which shows kids how science is used in everyday life. There is also the Once In the Wild exhibit which features animals from North America-stuffed. So I just pass this on by. You can step in front of the weather board and see how it feels to be a TV meteorologist. There is also an aquarium on this level, but nothing to get too excited about since there are only about two-dozen small tanks displaying fish from local streams to the waters of the Amazon. My f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2006

Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 372-6261

Real Life Charlotte

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Another beautiful church Photo, Charlotte, North Carolina
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I have a long-time relationship with Charlotte. Unlike many "locals", I have lived near Charlotte since I was 13 and we returned to NC to live permanently after moving around in the military. I always dreamed of moving to the big city lights of Charlotte. Well I did in 1996 after marrying since this was near where I would attend college and my husband worked. I had a chance to live there 5 years, but now I am very content to live in the country where the only things I hear at night are the owls hooting and the cows mooing into the night. While I prefer living in the country, Charlotte is close enough to visit when ever I want. So here is a real insider’s guide to life in this city. ...Read More

Real Life Charlotte PT. 2

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In the warm months Photo,
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Once you are here you will notice you are in the heart of NASCAR country. Racing is big business around these parts. Though technically, Lowe’s Motor Speedway is in Concord Charlotte gets the credit for it and certainly reaps the financial benefits from it. Lowes is home of the Coco Cola 600 held at the end of May. It is all part of 10 Days in May which includes smaller races, trials, concerts, and Speedstreet celebrated downtown which brings fans close to their favorite drivers. And this year also includes the world premier of the Disney animated movie Cars. Mid October brings the 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup. You can go to www.lowesmotorspeedway.com for more information. ...Read More

Real Life Charlotte Part 3

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Located near UNCC Photo, Charlotte, North Carolina
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There are also a number of festivals that go on year round in Charlotte. Speedstreet in May is one of the biggest. It features concerts and is a fan fest for NASCAR drivers and their fans. During the summer A Taste of Charlotte offers a sample of Charlotte’s finest chefs and restaurants all for charity. Novella Fest, celebrated in November, is a celebration of books, Well-known authors, poets, and local story tellers all help celebrate the written word. To find out what is happening, just look for Creative Loafing which is a free newspaper found all over town. You can also pick up the Friday edition of the Charlotte Observer which carries an entertainment section in it....Read More

World Premier of Cars

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Cute cars Photo, Charlotte, North Carolina
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On May 26, 2006 some 30,000 NASCAR, movie, Disney, and animated fans, or just the curios braved torrential winds, rain, and wet butts to be at Lowe’s Motor Speedway to be at the world premier of the Disney animated movie, Cars . And yes yours truly and my husband was among the 30,000 faithful in attendance. One day while looking around on a movie website, I noticed that the premier of the movie, Cars , would be held at Loews speedway. Well wooo wee..I said to myself. I had planned on going to the movie anyway, so I clicked on the ticket master link and about a week later I had two tickets in my hot little hands. Good thing to because the premier ended up being sold out and sc...Read More

Cars 2

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Military precision drill team Photo, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Since this is NASCAR country and this is the weekend of the big Coca Cola 600 there were plenty of drivers on hand including Darrell Waltrip (who voices Darrel Cartip in the movie), Dale Earnhart Jr. (who voices a race fan car) and Jeff Gordon. Other dignitaries included John Lasseter of Pixar and producer of the movie and since this is a movie about cars…you might as well have Norman Y. Mineta the Secretary of Transportation. The festive got a late start due to the rain and finally began around 7:30. The guys at Seamore Johnson AFB here in NC provide a marching band that played God Bless America, a precision (and sharp) drill team, an...Read More

The Dead Sea Scrolls

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Advertisments every where Photo, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Even before the big buzz about the world premier of Cars, there was another big buzz in Charlotte. Discovery Place in Charlotte was chosen to host the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit from February until the end of May. The Dead Sea Scrolls are the original written words of the Old testament. The scrolls were written around 200 B.C.E. B.C.E. stand for Before Common Era and C.E. stands for Common era and are equalivant to B.C. and A.D. They sat for over 2000 years drying and preserving in the desert. The scrolls were first discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin Shepard looking for his lost goat. After many years of excavations there were more than 900 remains of the scrolls and 11 caves in Qumran. ...Read More