October 23rd, 2012

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Notes from trip to US East Coast, part 4

Unfortunately, I was not able to continue my notes while still traveling so I am finishing them after returning home.

Day 7, October 14, Sunday – before driving south toward Colonial Williamsburg we drove for about an hour around Arlington – by the Pentagon and by the Arlington National Cemetery. Pentagon was huge boring gray building, not particularly esthetically pleasing. In order to visit Arlington National Cemetery we had to park pretty far away and then walk to the cemetery. Given our limited time we decided to leave it for our next visit.
Our next short stop was in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. It was located across the Potomac River from the downtown Washington. Alexandria was founded 1n 1749. However, the first settlement was established there in 1695 in what was then the English Colony of Virginia. We spent about an hour walking along old streets, beautiful waterfront and visiting art studios located at Torpedo Factory Art Center. Alexandria was very pleasant and relaxing city with cobblestone streets, colonial houses and churches.
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Notes from trip to US East Coast, part 5

After walking through the Colonial Williamsburg we got back to our car and started driving toward plantations. We wanted to visit couple more plantations – the Berkeley Plantation (one of the first great estates in America, comprises about 1,000 acres on the banks of the James River. Site of the First Official Thanksgiving in America in 1619), the grounds of Westover Plantation and Sherwood Forest Plantation (home of the 10th U.S. President John Tyler; also It is considered one of the most complete plantation yards left in America, dating from c. 1680). Unfortunately, it started raining and stopped only when we approached the Westover Plantation so this was the only plantation we were able to visit this day.
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