Sunday, February 28, 2016

Roanoke in the Rain

We just got home from a week in Roanoke visiting our youngest.   On the way into town, I was able to catch a few photos of the town through the rain...
Iconic Neon Coffee Pot

Center in the Square where the weekend market lives

Downtown Renovated

Striking Tilework.  The plaque on the building reads FD&G
The entire cold week it just rained and rained.  We didn't do anything downtown, but we did try out a couple of new restaurants near Katie's, and on her day off we went to a few antique stores in nearby Salem.  Pretty low-key, but that's the fun of it...just hanging with loved ones...
Katie's new roommate, Henley
She and her Dad share a love of looking at used cars for sale on the net.  Hard to tell by this picture, but they are enjoying themselves...

Lee and I left early Saturday morning shortly after Katie left for work.  We were greeted by this glorious view upon opening the blinds....
View of the mountains out the back windows

View out the front windows
All the bad weather had ended by Saturday, and we had a very beautiful sunny day for traveling back home.

I must note the terrible news of all that bad weather bringing a terrible burst of tornadoes which hit nearby towns and others across Virginia with great destruction. Our hearts ache for the victims, and I hope you join us in lifting prayers for the folks affected and left to pull their lives and communities back together.

Hope you enjoyed this little travelogue.  I just wish I had been able to take more pictures, especially of the charming restaurants we enjoyed.  Our next visit, for sure.

So, until next time....... Peace and Blessings

                                                           ~~~ Karen ~~


  1. Great photos and nice to see your Katie and her dad having a good time! Made me chuckle! Glad you had a good trip, Karen, and safe travels home. Hugs, my friend!

    1. Haha...Katie kinda looks perplexed, doesn't she. She's a hoot.

  2. Enjoyed your snapshots and accompanying narrative. I lived in Northern Virginia many years ago but never made it to Roanoke. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I lived in No VA too, Barbara. I lived in Manassas for a few years in the early 70s...boy has that area changed, crowded. Roanoke is a smallish city, which is undergoing some major revitalization of downtown. Its adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, too, and has so many views of the surrounding mountains. We really enjoy visiting the area. So much to see in the Virginia Highlands. Can't wait for the weather to get warmer so we can do a bit of outdoor sightseeing.

  3. Beautiful - love that coffee pot sign! I hadn't heard anything about tornadoes, how awful, I'll be praying for the victims!

    1. That coffee pot is really cool at night when its lit. Those tornadoes were bad. The small town of Appamatox, where the treaty was signed by Robt. E. Lee and Grant, got hit really badly. That made the biggest story on the local news in Roanoke. Then a very small farming town near the coast, Waverly, got dealt a major blow, killing 3 people. We had lived outside that town for several months while looking for a house to buy a couple years ago. There's a great many trailers on lots as homes in the area. Lots and lots of poverty. It was reported the family that died were in one of those trailers. So sad, but many houses were ripped apart, basements to find shelter in these parts, so no one can be safe during tornadoes. Thanks for your prayers, Allie.

  4. Beautiful architecture. Love the kitty!

  5. recognize your opening shot from another blogger's place called 'around roanoke'. :) hope you are well.


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