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Mount Vernon

sunny 15 °C

Left Williamsburg today - sniff - it was such a unique place to stay and Fred and Jane, the Innkeepers were lovely - their breakfasts were absolutely amazing - on the first day I had french toast, 2nd sour cream apple pancakes and the final day french toast with cream cheese. Didn't need a big lunch with all that.......

Was on the road reasonably early with my trusty GPS - it's been fabulous - and its my own so none of those silly miles to calculate......

Headed to Mount Vernon to see Frank Lloyd Wright's - Pope-Leighley House - an example of his Usonian architecture - ok, it's not exactly colonial but if FLW is in the area, I'm there......the usonian house was meant to be a typical house for the middle class with a distinctly upper class price tag, unfortunately. I arrived just before 1pm and managed to sweet talk the lady into giving me a private tour rather than having to wait for the scheduled one much later.

I could easily live here - it blends so well into the landscape - and there's lots of room for lounging and entertaining - the only thing was the kitchen - as with FLW houses, they're small - typical male architect of the era...........no pictures allowed inside unfortunately........

Then headed over to Mt Vernon - it's been literally 20 years since I've been there and what a change - it's now a big highly efficient operation and no sweet talking the lady into an early house tour - so unfortunately I had to give the house a miss but I had been there when you could just wander around at leisure without highly organised guides and tickets.

One great thing is that they have completely restored it to a working farm - its amazing how these farms were mini towns - complete with blacksmiths, shoe makers, weaving and orchards. It was a pleasure just to wander around and get the farm atmosphere - while Thomas Jefferson was by all accounts an incompetent farmer - his farm never made a profit and they ran out of water, George Washington's farm was a successful operation.

After Mount Vernon it was off to Baltimore Airport for the flight to Charleston - if you ever drive the Washington Baltimore Beltway - be prepared to be frustrated - its heaps of stopping and starting but I did make it all on time.

Was horribly embarrassed at the airport - the lady told me I had too much luggage and was overweight - I have never been overweight in my life and pride myself in fitting everything in but the luggage limitations are down to less than 22kg per bag. The only time I was overweight was when I left Amsterdam after studying there and I simply burst into tears and the JAL lady felt sorry for me and let me have it without paying. Anyway after pleading being an international tourist - the South West lady said I could purchase an extra bag and then each piece would be underweight - so there I was repacking my bag in the middle of the terminal - normally I am so contemptuous of people doing that - I'll have to be a bit more tolerant now. So now I have a rather garish South West bag to my collection - for $25 this was so much cheaper than $150 i was going to have to pay...........

So now I'm in Charleston and I'm taking a bit of a break this morning - I have a sumptuous sized room, free parking and a little balcony overlooking Charleston - so far the people here have been super friendly so looking forward to exploring this afternoon...........

Posted by natty176 08:42 Archived in USA Tagged mount washington vernon

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