The Tryon Palace encompasses a complex of buildings. The John Wright Stanly House was actually moved here.
The sign, lol.
I really enjoyed seeing all the period furnishings in these buildings.
There were a couple of rooms we were not allowed to take photographs in because the contents are merely "on loan" from the family.
It was a little bit like when we visited General Vallejo's Home a few years back.
This is the highlight of this building. This is the bedroom that GEORGE WASHINGTON slept in for two nights in 1791 when he passed this way.
Out the back door and back into the wet heat.
The gardens were lovely.
I was trying to capture the huge bumblebee, but sweat was dripping in my eyes, and he wouldn't hold still, so it didn't really work out.
I'm really glad I made the effort to drive a little further out than I had previously, in order to see the Palace.
After I left the Palace complex I started seeing all these Pepsi signs.
Turns out, I'd stumbled onto The Birthplace of Pepsi.
I like Diet Pepsi, and being curious and thirsty, I decided to stop.
New Bern was really pretty. The weather was gorgeous (albeit warm), the clouds were puffy, and everything seemed picturesque.
The flag for New Bern has a black bear on a yellow stripe across a red background.
One of the best things about this trip was being able to get out and see and do whatever there was to see and do nearby. Often my vacations have been focused on an event or a person, and usually at the mercy of other people's schedules. This time around I had a lot of free time on my hands, due to Sam being at work during the day, and I'm glad I didn't waste it sitting in the hotel. Even Hawaii, I didn't have a rental car, so I was limited to the trolley schedule and stops. This was a very freeing experience, and left me feeling more adventurous than ever. And super grateful for my phone's GPS.