Sunday, October 19, 2008

DC and Virginia …

I know we still owe you the description of our Alaska trip, and we’ll probably start that next week. I feel we owe it to you, but maybe some you would just as soon forgive that debt.

But this week’s topic is the trip on which we are now embarked. We flew to DC. We had considered driving but it would have stretched the trip by two days in each direction. Also, Susan does not behave well on driving trips. By air to DC it was an hour and a half.

This is being written before leaving home and published during the trip. Therefore there are a lot of events that are described as though they have already happened. So, I suppose, this represents what would have happened if all had gone according to plan. If there are serious deviations we will let you know sometime soon.

We arrived in DC on Tuesday the 14th at 10 a.m. We settled into our hotel, then went to the Newseum, a museum centered on the media and politics, topics that interest Susan and me.

On the 15th we toured the Holocaust Museum, very intense but thoroughly gripping. With a little spare time, we also went to the Spy Museum, a mere trifle but a fair amount of fun. That night we visited some old friends in nearby Virginia, and had a great time getting caught up on what has happened since our last visit.

The 16th was spent just taking in the sights of the City. We saw the World War II memorial for the first time, wandered through the Smithsonian for a bit and stoked up our already intense patriotism. DC is an exciting place.

On the 17th we rented a car for the trip to Williamsburg VA, a trip back in history. We stayed in a hotel on the Colonial Williamsburg grounds and enjoyed a colonial era dinner. We also stayed there the next day to see more of the attractions.

On the 19th we headed for Charlottesville VA, home of Monticello and the University of Virginia. We also had dinner with Susan’s niece, and the next night with an old and dear friend of Susan. Both are affiliated with UVa.

After spending some time in Charlottesville, we returned to good old Cincinnati on the 21st.

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