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.
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.