After 8 hours of travel and airport fuss, I ended up in Charlotte late late last night. It was too dark and late to explore, but the next morning I found Charlotte to be a pretty city, with blossoming trees and large American banks lining the streets - definitely worth a return trip to explore and enjoy. The pace is pretty relaxed. I thought there would be some hustle because of all the banks - but on the contrary...neatly business casual dressed young professionals (mostly male) strolling along the quiet blooming streets. Courteous, door holding, shirts tucked in Southerners, in no rush. Several pedestrian signals even had 70 seconds - I can't imagine the uproar that'd cause in Toronto!