365 Challenge: Day 193 – Touring

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Touring: wandering around checking out all the important stuff


Today started off with a quick drive through Chapel Hill and then we took off for Duke University in Durham. We wandered the campus and saw a bunch of beautiful old buildings and chapels. It was over 90 degrees in the sun, so I kept looking for shady areas. I also felt guilty because students were in classes and I got to spend the morning touring. After, we went to the gardens and had a golf cart drive us around for part of the way before we walked the rest on our own. So many great trees and flowers. Best part of the day!

We had lunch in the downtown area and shopped in old village stores. We later drove to Raleigh and checked out neighborhoods. A few cool ones and a few run down ones. Toured the state capitol building which was awesome. I think Charlotte is still the nicest of all the cities, but we have more to see tonight in Cary and downtown Raleigh. Off to meet a friend’s sister for dinner. A home cooked meal! No touring tonight but back at it tomorrow with Greensboro and Winston Salem. See ya soon. Enjoy the pics.


New hotel room in Chapel Hill at the Siena


Final picture at Chapel Hill as we toured around


Walkway into Duke Gardens


Entrance Fountain at Duke


One of the sitting areas in the garden


Pond at Duke


Stone Gardens Built into the Walls


Asian Gardens at Duke


Ducks at Duke


Another Duke Walkway




Tree Path


Pathway while walking


Part of Duke Chapel


More of Duke Chapel


BrightLeaf Square in Durham


North Carolina State Capitol Building


State Capitol Statues


More statues


Final set of statues


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


41 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 193 – Touring

    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    September 21, 2017 at 3:48 AM

    wow, that looks so pretty 🙂

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    theloyalbritwit said:
    September 21, 2017 at 6:31 AM

    What beautiful pictures! I hope you’re all having loads of fun! 😁 Also, I think the shortness fits the themes and vibes of your vacation; I’m just impressed you’re still producing strong, good quality material while on vacation. Not that you don’t anyways; what I mean is you continue to surprise me, Jay. Have fun!!!!

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    Roda said:
    September 21, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    That pond…those lilies!!!💚

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    Mischenko said:
    September 21, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Such stunning photos! The pathway while walking picture is my favorite. Just look at the garden. Plus, the chapel. Thanks so much for sharing these, James. Enjoy! ❤

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    Stephanie said:
    September 21, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    I knew you would love Duke and their Gardens! They are so gorgeous! So sorry it’s this hot for your trip! It was a little cooler last week, mid80s, but it will stay this hot for a few more weeks! NC weather is crazy at times 😉 We’ve had 80 degree days on Christmas, lol! I hope you enjoyed your visit to Cary! It and Morrisville are the nicest areas in the triangle, and I’m not saying that just because I live there😄😁, but it’s been voted that nationally. People keep moving here because Cary keeps getting so many awards. The Preston area in Cary is the the nicest area if you got a chance to tour it…a lot of the houses are worth a picture because they are huge and just wow! We’re technically in Preston, but our house is not one of those that’s worth photographing lol! I hope you enjoy the today! I don’t know anything about Winston Salem, which is funny! I’ve only driven through it! Greenville is pretty, and the East Carolina University campus is nice, but nothing compares to Duke! I took a few grad courses there that weren’t offered at UNC that I really wanted to take one summer. Much more laid back of a school, lol. Enjoy the rest of your day touring!!! 😊

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      Stephanie said:
      September 21, 2017 at 9:34 AM

      Apparently I don’t know the difference between Greensboro and Greenville and I live here, lol! Only driven through Greensboro too! So looking forward to your pictures-maybe they will inspire a visit! Maybe I need to learn to read 😂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 21, 2017 at 9:37 AM

        Blame it on autocorrect. Then you don’t have to worry! Thanks for the tips. Really appreciative. Cary was great. Loved comparing real estate prices with NY and thinking…. double the size house and half the price. Moving seems like an easy decision lol


        Stephanie said:
        September 21, 2017 at 9:51 AM

        Fantastic idea! They are almost spelled the same!! You’re welcome! We love Cary! We lived in Raleigh for 3 yrs after living in Cary for over 12 hrs and had to move back. Yes!! My father-in-law from San Diego did the same thing with real estate when he visited in the spring! He’s an architect and was shocked at the prices of the houses in our neighborhood since he said many of them would be 3 or 4 million or more in San Diego. I was shocked , lol. But a lot of the bigger ones are listed around 800,000 and overlook the golf course, and those are the ones he mainly meant. I’m glad I didn’t try to buy a house in San Diego…or NYC!! Moving here is great decision! 😄 People from NYC do it all the time!

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    Nel said:
    September 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    I need that hotel room to be my room, haha. It’s so stylish! Stay hydrated James!

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    September 21, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Its just Soooo gorgeous! I need to go there! I have never been to these places that you are seeing and they are going onto the bucket list, May make daughter visit colleges there even though I know she doesn’t want to go there!!!! Looks like an amazing trip !!!

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    AJ said:
    September 21, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    It all looks so gorgeous! Now I want to go there:)

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    Firelands said:
    September 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Thanks for the photos. I lived in Raleigh for two years and loved the area. Thanks for rekindling fond memories.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM

      Oh, how nice to hear. You are welcome. Thanks for commenting.


    tahenryauthoress said:
    September 21, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    I have to ask, are you looking at colleges to find one you want to attend or because they interest you otherwise?

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    janieleeds said:
    September 21, 2017 at 12:03 PM

    Gorgeous! Looks like you’re having a lovely time! Did you have my drinks yet today?

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    Patty said:
    September 21, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Great pictures James. While you are in Greensboro check out some of these parks Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, Country Park 3905 Nathanael Greene Dr., Gateway Gardens and the Center City park downton Greensboro. The first two listed are my favorites. If you like antiques there is a market at 6428 Burnt Poplar Rd.
    In Winstom Salem check out the Old Salem Mueseums and Gardens and also stop in at Black Mountain Chocolate. Yum!
    Near Winstom Salem is Westbend Winery and Brewery Lewisville NC, and Childress Vineyards Lexington NC that are really nice.
    I hope you guys are having a blast! 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 21, 2017 at 1:27 PM

      In Greensboro now! Will check a few out. Thank you.

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        Patty said:
        September 21, 2017 at 1:30 PM

        Have fun. There is lots to do if you know where to look. especially in college town. Lots of local watering holes & art. 😉

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 21, 2017 at 1:31 PM

        Downtown shopping area is cool!


        Patty said:
        September 21, 2017 at 2:59 PM

        Yes it is. I really liked it when I lived there. 🙂

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    mistysbookspace said:
    September 21, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Great pictures. Thank you for sharing this James I hope you are enjoying your vacation.

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    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    September 21, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Love the pics! Especially the lilypads.

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    tylerus said:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:26 AM

    Stunning pics. Breathtaking actually. Lucky you. 🙂

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    Rae Longest said:
    September 22, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    Now I feel like I’ve been there. TY!

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    BrizzleLass said:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    I love these pictures, and no feeling guilty about the students studying that’s what they are there for!

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