When we want a great meal or a conversation with good friends we choose Bernardins Fine Dinning which is on the ground level of the Ratcliffe condos. Interestingly the restaurant is in the historic Ratcliffe Flowers building. When the condos were built they moved the flower shop across the street, build the 10 story condo complex while leaving a spot for the flower shop, then after construction was complete they moved the flower shop back into place. Very cool way to preserve and incorporate the original architecture. Over time the building housed a restaurant called Ratcliffe on the Green and then later Bernardins (pronounced Bernard-ins).
The bar at the Dunhill Hotel is one of our favorite places to dine in Uptown Charlotte … One of Charlottes gems … We especially like that there is no TV, the bartender Pete knows us, and the other customers who frequent the bar. Also the food and drink are very good.
My grandson and I enjoyed the MLK parade this weekend. There were marching bands, floats, motorcycles, and lots of politicians … what I enjoyed the most was with honor guard … I also enjoy the modern art museum in the background and the Levine Avenue of the Arts sign … my grandson enjoyed the marching bands.
We are very pleased to live near the Little Sugar Creek Greenway which offers a wonderful seven mile walk from uptown to Freedom Park. Three and half miles each way. We enjoy the walk, stop to eat lunch at Bad Daddys Burger Bar, sometimes enjoy coffee at the Starbucks on East Boulevard, and then enjoy the walk back. Actually we have found that we can add to the walk by returning along the Rail Trail in Southend. Here is a map showing our walk on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Freedom Park, East Boulevard, and the Rail Trail.
On an evening stroll the architecture of the Charlotte Ballet Academy in Uptown Charlotte caught my attention … then I noticed that classes were being held … it was a cold winter evening so I was impressed with the dedication these students had.
On a recent evening stroll I took this photo as the fog lifts on a well lit building … this is 400 South Tryon and their web page says it “is a Charlotte landmark, with its brilliantly illuminated façade” … you do see it (smile).
On a pleasant Sunday stroll, through Uptown Charlotte, we were treated to gospel music in front of Il Grande Disco at Independence Square in Uptown Charlotte. The art was created by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro who created four similar sculptors which can be found in Milan Italy, Chicago, PepsiCo Headquarters in Purchase NY, and Darmstadt Germany. The art has also been featured in several movies filmed in Charlotte, one of those being the 2002 film Juwanna Mann.
Part of the plaque states. “Our life today is one of crisis…of movement…of tension. We do not know what our world will become. I try to say something about this uncertainty in my work”.
The firebird at the Museum of Modern Art is a commonly photographed piece of art in Charlotte. Given it is covered in mirrors it presents many photo opportunities on bright sunny days. In fact, September of 2011, I shared a self portrait taken from the reflections from the mirrors. However, for this post I chose to share a photo of the firebird in the early morning with the lights in the background.
Notice that the sculpture is a bird-like creature which sits on a perch. Both the firebird and perch are covered in mirrors so it is easy to envision this is something other than a bird … a cowboy perhaps (smile).
The firebird stands in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Uptown Charlotte. The photo was taken at the intersection of Tryon Street and Levine Avenue of the Arts. The firebird was created in 1991 by the French/American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Interestingly the press release states that it is “privately-owned public art” and is a permanent fixture in the Bechtler Museum.
Welcome to Charlotte Daily photo … today’s photo is of a sign post stating that Charlotte NC is the Center of the Known World! The sign post is in The Green a pocket park in Uptown Charlotte … actually Connie and I live in the Ratcliffe Condo’s overlooking The Green so I like to joke that our address is Center of the Known World, Unit 707, Charlotte NC (smile).
Before moving to Charlotte we published Greenville Daily Photo and shared a photo daily since 2006. Over 3,000 photos and still going strong thanks to friends and contributors who want to keep the site active.
In similar fashion we plan to share one photo a day about Charlotte. We live, play, and work in Uptown which offers many photo opportunities.
Please enjoy, tell your friends, and visit often.
Denton and Connie Harryman