Day Two

Trip Start Apr 24, 2013
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Trip End Apr 26, 2013


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

We are off. A cool, brisk morning. I did find out we stayed in Rockville, Maryland, overnight. This morning we have about an hour drive to Mount Vernon. then back to DC. The weather is beautiful. It is cooler today..predicted high of 66 compared to a yesterday's high of 80.

Had an scenic drive thru Old Alexandria out to Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington's home. This is a beautiful place. The house sits on a hilltop with the Potamac River in the backyard. there is a back porch with rocking chairs......no doubt where I would spend all my time.  )) The house probably is as close to authentic as any restoration I have seen. 

George Washington died in this house and he and Martha are buried there along with thirty five members of their family. Did you know that Robert E Lee married George Washington's step granddaughter? Just thought I would throw that in ))):

There are ten bedrooms, a slave quarter for the visiting slaves (never heard of this before), three floors, original flooring, visitors dining room, family dining room, laundry room, smokehouse, carriage house, stable.....to name a few. 

 Go to mountvernon.org/vote and vote so maybe Mount Vernon will get a grant to finish the restoration on the dining room.

Back in DC, almost two hours at the Smithsonian, a visit to Ford Theater to learn about President Lincoln's assassination....to a souvenir shop for T-shirts, photo op at the White House. The White House looked rather plain from the street. Very pretty....very white.

On to Pizzeria Uno at Union Station for a buffet. One more monument on our way out of town...Iwa Jima which was really awesome. We said goodbye to our guide, Lorna, who was fabulous. It seems she has a tour company in northern Italy. Ummmmm.

We arrived safely in Williamsburg before 10:45 pm. We were met by our new tour guide and security guard. Once again, 108 tired feet fell off the bus and into bed.  7 00 am wake up call in the morning.

Tomorrow we start at 9 00 am. Night night.


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