This past weekend, A.J. and I met my parents in Asheville, N.C., for a day and a half of good company & conversation, good food, and some exploring of that city’s beautiful downtown.

Early on Sunday morning, while walking to breakfast through the center of downtown, we came across this pig in Pack Square:

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The pig and the path she’s on, covered in a variety of footprints, commemorate the early roads and stagecoach routes that went right through the center of what is now downtown Asheville.

After a delicious breakfast in one of the city’s vast multitude of excellent restaurants, we wandered around downtown and enjoyed seeing the lovely old architecture …

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And to bring this post back around to horse-drawn vehicles and yet keep it in artsy Asheville, here’s a “gypsy wagon” that I spotted on the sidewalk outside a shop:

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