Saturday, 23 January 2010

Home Sweet Home

Time to settle down for a while.  Travelling and visiting family is enjoyable but knackering (and fattening). 

As for our side trip to Washington DC and Gettysburg.....

I recommend the following accommodations:
Arlington, VA - just across the Potomac from Washington DC.  A fairly short walk to the metro (subway) and just a few minutes to the Smithsonian station.  Good rate (at least in January), clean and comfortable.
Virginian Suites Arlington

Gettysburg, PA - bed and breakfast in the centre of town and very close to the Battlefield and new visitor centre.  The oldest home in Gettysburg, charming, each room different (colonial, victorian, etc), fabulous breakfasts and baked goods.  Not cheap but well worth it.
Brafferton Inn

We are in the process of remodeling and redecorating our home which will take two or three months.  New windows are currently being installed, then the kitchen will be gutted and everything replaced.  On to redecorating...carpet, walls, etc.  So nothing exciting to anyone else for a while, but I will bombard readers with before and after pics.

Future travel plans:
Isle of Colonsay in April, our student and friend Doreen from Uganda will visit us for the month of June.  July and August still being planned.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

USA holiday

Danny and I have been enjoying visiting my family in Michigan, and touring Washington DC.  Plan on two days in Gettysburg, PA as well after we are finished in DC.
This is the first trip to DC for both of us.  On the way into Arlington we're sure we saw the presidential motorcade as there were many police cars and black SUV's.  So far we've visited Arlington National Cemetery, the National Archives, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Plan on the Smithsonian Museum of American Indian History and the Air and Space Museum.  Will also walk past the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and other highlights. 

Impressive, very impressive.