From there, we headed to the little town of Black Mountain. Not too far from Asheville, several people had recommended it for a visit. Unfortunately, it wasn't my cup of tea, but it was a good drive. We returned to Asheville without getting lost, and walked over to Malaprop's Bookstore. It's really nice to see so many independent bookstores in this town!
We continued our walk around town. The rain finally quit, and for a second or two, the sun tried to come out. These Papillons reminded me of my friend Carol's pups.
We eventually made it over to the Battery Park Book Exchange, which has a comfortable bar with a huge selection of wines and champagne. What a good combination! We also met a friendly woman named Ann, a local artist who was there with her new puppy, Boone.
Asheville seems to be full of nice people...that's one of the reasons it appeals to me so much as a possible place to move in the future. Anyway, Krista and I took our time at the bar, enjoying a bellini (or two) and a glass of sparkling white wine from Limoux, which is a town I visited when in France last year. Good memories! We sat until we got hungry, and then ordered some bread, cheese, and fruit, along with a bit of fig spread. What a feast! We eventually managed to wander back down the streets toward our apartment, but first stopped for dessert at French Broad Chocolates, our home away from home. This is what their pots de creme look like before, during and after.