Ah, my travels are almost coming to an end. And, as much as I love to be on the road, this chick's quite ready to return to her home in Alabama where she'll reunite with DH, her DD's cat and the venerable Dowager Feline Clancy (who is driving DH crazy with her wet cat food demands). But oh, it's been an amazing 18 days on the road.
*Charlottesville, VA where we visited UVA, Monticello and my first VA winery: the Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson--what I'd give to sit down and chat with him while drinking some of his wine, which he had hoisted up to the dining room in Monticello on a unique dumb waiter invented to hold one bottle at a time. That's my kind of guy :-)
*food, glorious food! OMG, for this chick having gourmet and amazing meals throughout her trip was a treat. I'm allergic to shellfish, so the typical "steak and seafood" offerings in my Northern AL city con't excite me unless there's an ER involved at the end of the meal. French, continental, and Lebanese topped the list.
*wine, fabulous wine! I managed to go to 4 different wineries while I was in Northern VA. My inner lush is filled to the brim.
*friends! Oh, it was so wonderful to see my good friends again. Cooking with them, breaking bread, talking, laughing, enjoying, and squeezing lemonade every day out of each precious moment.
*DC! The blog barely touched up on how in love I am with this city. If you have never been to the Nation's Capitol, I encourage you to visit it one day!
*playing with my friend's two young children. The world doesn't seem as overwhelming or scary as it is depicted in the news when one is enjoying a pretend dinner and movie with a 6 year old or when one is looking for fairies with a 4 year old. Children are hope. Children are magical.
*Princeton! Wow, what an amazing campus and area. We enjoyed our tour and counting blonds while in the historic city's quaint Nassau Street region. There were not many blonds--we turned quite a few heads while we were there.
*NYC--yup, hopped a train in Jersey and rode into the city for a wild day and evening after our tour of Princeton. We caught an amazing Broadway Show, IN THE HEIGHTS, and were swept up in the sheer crazy busy streets of NYC afterward. What a pulse!!
*my gorgeous traveling companion, DD. Always fun to hit the road with her regardless of her age. She's a wonderful companion, friend and explorer. Once I traveled with stickers and pop beads and all sorts of toys to entertain a baby, a toddler, an elementary school child. Now I travel with a young lady who is poised on the brink of adulthood, ready to grab HER LIFE and soar into her future.
Some people never venture beyond the tried and true. I'm not one of those people. Sure, it's a bit nerve wracking figuring out new train systems or roads, but the final outcome is worth the risk. We had an adventure!
What's your latest adventure?