Chapel Hill 2007

I finally got to take Diane back to my old stomping grounds at UNC Chapel Hill. We based the eating portion of our trip on Rachael Ray's $40 A Day trip, and started our day here at Mama Dip's.

Good luck comes to those who take a drink from the Old Well in passing.

Our Rachael Ray inspired lunch of barbecue at the Barbecue Joint turned out to be one of the best meals I can remember. Excellent barbecue!

Diane relaxes in the window seat at our hotel in the nearby town of Hillsborough.

Ah, at last the truth comes out. We came to Hillsborough to attend a local bookshop's Harry Potter book release party. Everyone gets dressed up and whatnot. Here is a girl dressed as a Howler. Her front side featured an envelope flap that opened and she did an uncanny impression of Mrs. Weasley's voice from the Howler in the second movie.

It's Harry, Ginny and a slightly younger Hermione.

This gentleman was a thestral keeper (note that you can't actually see the thestral unless you've experienced death) and his grandson was the Monster Book of Monsters.

Here we have Professor Trelawney, the divination teacher, and Madame Hooch, the flying instructor.

Ah, young Luna Lovegood with her best wide-eyed blank stare.

Finally, after the stroke of midnight, Diane holds her prized trophy of the evening.

We stopped to eat the next day at an Irish pub that didn't turn out to be such a great find. That's what we get for straying off the Rachael Ray path!

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