Virginia and Washington, D.C.

I didn't think I would write much about my recent trip to Virginia and Washington, D.C. When Lea and I boarded the airplane on September 8th we felt like we were evacuating Florida. It no longer felt like the vacation we had been planning for months. We felt so guilty that by nightfall we tried to book a flight back to Florida, instead, we learned that our flight to Tampa on Monday had been canceled. Hurricane Irma was going to make landfall in our home state during the weekend and the forecast showed the hurricane spiraling towards my hometown of Tampa. We were anxious and distracted during the first few days, unsure of what news we would receive after the hurricane passed. Fortunately, by the time the hurricane made its way up the west coast of Florida, it had lost much of its strength. Our families and our homes survived the storm. We were most relieved and began to enjoy our vacation to the fullest extent in our remaining days.

On the first day, we visited the home of George Washington at Mount Vernon. We later drove to Georgetown to visit Tudor Place, browse the colorful shops, and walk the streets of the historic neighborhood. Later that night we checked into our hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The second day was spent in Washington, D.C. We first took a tour of Ford's Theatre, the location where Abraham Lincoln was shot, and we drank pumpkin lattes at a nearby independent coffee shop before leaving to Capitol Hill. We stopped by a two-story bookshop, looked at the art inside of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and took a tour of the Capitol Building. Afterward, we walked to the Library of Congress and took a quick self-tour. I even got a glimpse of Thomas Jefferson's books. We promised ourselves that we would be back for a proper tour on another day. On the third day, we woke up early for the long drive to Charlottesville where a tour of Monticello, the home Thomas Jefferson, awaited us. I fell in love with lands of Virginia on this day. The fourth day, again, we rose before the sun for another long trip. This time we drove to Colonial Williamsburg where we spent the entire day touring and exploring the living museum. On the fifth day, we were back in Washington, D.C. visiting the National Mall and Memorial Parks. On the sixth day, we took a proper tour of the Library of Congress and went to the National Archives to view the Charters of Freedom.



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