We see, on the other side of the road, i.e. driving away from Washington, loads of yard sale signs, fleamarkets and barns marked 'Antiques'. No room in our cases, and so sadly we drive past every one. Next time, perhaps? Then suddenly, we are approaching Fredericksburg Virginia - a small city but with huge Civil War connections that we missed on our way out on our road trip, because we came across from Charlottesville to Richmond. We need a comfort break, and why not have lunch at the same time? Lots of history here, and the town and surrounding countryside has enough interesting stuff to keep you going for quite a few days. We had no time, so had a lovely lunch and moved on. But if you'd like to know more, have a look at this. Lunch eaten, we press on towards the airport to drop the car off and go home.
|Fredricksburg Battlefield site -calm now|
Here is our trusty steed.... and hopefully Maccers is telling me he is not having another nosebleed! No, what he's saying, is "Look! No Noseplugs!" Well, apart from getting inside the airport and onto the plane, it's over. Holiday of a lifetime? Yes, it was for us, and we'd do it all again tomorrow. The kindness of strangers, the things we saw, the food we ate, and especially the people who opened their homes to us - thank you all - you made our holiday what it was.
And last - a few random thoughts.
- How great to have known Hazel before she left the UK - a lovely three days of chatting and eating and getting to know Miss Hannah better - how tall she is now. Thanks y'all!
- The policeman at Union Station who stopped us using a public phone "because it makes you vulnerable - you look like out-of-towners!", and gave us the use of his own mobile/cell phone.
- Finding (and finding out about) Jamestown and the island.
- Pepsi Cola's birthplace in New Bern.
- The surprise of Fredericksberg.
- Wanting to hear from Kathleen in Charleston about how her plans are shaping up.
- And of course anyone who hosted us who said they would look us up if they came over - Just do that!