Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Little Spring Break

Poor, poor blog.  I have been neglecting my blog and just living my life. 
Sometimes we all have to do that, don't we?

I was home but a few days in May, and have just a few pictures from the month, but I promise to get it down on paper ~ screen ~ you know what I mean.

Before I get to May, I want to finish April!
We had such a great short getaway.

In April, Bob had a business trip to Norfolk, Virginia and I decided to tag along.
It was a bit touch and go for awhile because we didn't know when the trip to China {my babysitting} would be, but as the business trip grew closer I saw that I could make it.
We flew into Richmond.  
It's such a nice, small, airport compared to the crazy DFW near us.

We came a few days early to see a few sights.  We were here a year or so ago, and we loved the area.  It was nice to have some time to see a few more sights.

We drove from Richmond to Charlottesville and had lunch at Michie Tavern.  When we were here last time on our way to Monticello we didn't have time to stop.  The tavern is only open for lunch.  
This place is in all of the guide books, so I am glad we stopped, but it's not really my kind of restaurant.  
Definitely touristy.
Check it off the list:-)

After a quick lunch we paid the $2 to tour the old original tavern.  We didn't have a lot of time, we just wanted to look around.  The nice tour lady invited us upstairs for something "fun" and we explained that we didn't really have time and just continued on our own for a minute.  
Well, she came back downstairs and told us that it would just take a minute and would we please come upstairs ~ so of course, we did.
What a hoot!
She wanted to have us do a little dance from back in the day, and needed a few more bodies.  I think we did the Virginia Reel.  I seem to remember doing that in JR HI gym class.  
It was pretty cute, especially as she picked my non dancing husband to demonstrate with her:-)

The other place I didn't visit last time in Charlottesville was James Madison's home.  It is about a 30 minute drive, through BEAUTIFUL countryside, from C'ville.

This is the view from the front steps.  

I was loving the dogwoods in bloom everywhere.   I wonder if I could grow one in Texas?
Isn't it stunning against that beautiful blue sky?

The little train depot in Orange, Virginia and more dogwoods.

The next day we headed to Williamsburg, with a quick stop in Richmond to visit this historic home and garden.

Nearby Maymont is Hollywood Cemetery.  It is overlooking the James River and such a pretty spot with lots of rolling hills.

A monument to some Confederate soldiers.

The grave of President James Tyler.

A great view of the city of Richmond.

After the quick tour of Maymont and Hollywood Cemetery we drove on to Williamsburg.  I just have a few photos, but I'll save them for another post.

It feels so good to be home ~ I just can't believe it's well into June now.
I have begun my Grandma's Camp Read A Lot and will have some pictures to share of that soon I hope.  
There is so much to squeeze into the summer when my grands are off school.  I love being able to spend more time with them.


Debbie said...

We have been to Williamsburg on vacation, but I have long wanted to do a Virginia vacation and visit the many presidential homes. With our oldest in DC, I think we need to put it on the top of our vacation list. You make me want to go there.

The Bashful Nest said...

I live in VA and there are so many great places to visit. I'm sure you loved Williamsburg my son goes to school there at Wm & Mary. Such a beautiful place.

Have a great week.

Michelle. thebashfulnest.blogspot.com

Privet and Holly said...

Sue, you picked the
absolutely BEST time
to visit Virginia! We used
to live in C'ville--my youngest
was born there--and I just
adore the wonderful sense
of history, which abounds....

Lovely photos!

xo Suzanne