Charlotte – the city of queens and mills

Updated: Jul 18

Our trip from Israel was horrible. It was at the start of the Coronavirus crisis. Israel already banned flights from China, but the rest of the world seems fine, so we decided to keep going with our plans. Liat was invited to a conference in Wilmington, and we thought it would be great to spend some more days in North Carolina. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from Israel to Charlotte. So we had to take a connection flight. It took us 20 hours to reach Charlotte – and all that time, we wore masks. Finally, we arrived at our hotel exhausted, just to find that there was a problem with our reservation. I booked the hotel via the British Airways club because I wanted to use our points. But the hotel never got it. Because there was a Basketball conference in the city – it took them two hours to find an alternative hotel and another 20 minutes' drive to finally reach it.

The following day started late. We went to Uptown – the city center. Charlotte is the 2nd most important banking center in the USA, and its skyscrapers fill the neighborhood. We parked in a daily parking lot on 7th street and visited the most interesting Levine Museum of the New South. The museum tells the story of the southern countries after the civil war. They dealt with the ban of slavery, the alternative ways that they created to keep discriminating and abuse black people, including lynches and terror acts against the black community. Also, they deal with the foundation of the Civil Rights movement. It tells the story of the cotton fields, the establishment of mills all around Charlotte, and the neighborhoods that followed.

After the two-hour visit, we got lunch in the 7th Street Market - a street food compound with all kinds of food to eat in place or to take away. Afterward, we took a walk on Tryon street, which is the central axis of Uptown and the city as a whole. We followed a free self-guided map we received from a visitor center and walked through many historical points of interest in the district regarding the American revolution in Charlotte. It was an important site of war against the British. The people of Charlotte were the first to oppose the British and declare themselves independent from the British King and parliament.