Arlington Cemetery – Washington, DC

Memorial Amphitheater

If you’re inclined to walk a lot (or need to increase the number of steps your fitbit registers), and you’re in Washington DC you can cover a LOT of ground having a look around Arlington National Cemetery. They have an excellent app that you can use to plan your visit and map your route. I made great use of it, but it should be pointed out that there’s only one entrance and exit… so my plan to walk in one end and out the other was thwarted… so I walked rather a lot further than I had planned to…  It was a very, very chilly day as you’ll note by the picture of frozen grass in the gallery below but the weather was stunning and the walk really worth it.

Drayton Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

Drayton Hall

If you’re interested in the Southern History and plantations of the South, Charleston has a number of places you can visit.  Drayton Hall was my choice as it’s been unrestored, it’s pretty much as it was left and while you’re not seeing lots of furniture and period reproductions that try to capture the history… you do get to see the building as it was built.

I was short on time so didn’t take a tour indoors. I did get a good walk around the exterior. It’s a great place to visit.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Architecture

My time in Charleston ended up being a little bit limited by weather, by proximity to the sights, by budget but most importantly by WordSesh, a WordPress event I had the privilege of participating in but which was so cool, all my sightseeing went out the window in favour of sitting in on all of these awesome sessions. OK, so you’re probably not a WordPress nerd like me… but if by some strange quirk you ARE… here’s the link to the WordSesh play list… and here’s the link to the roundtable I was a part of

HOWEVER

I did spend a day walking (seriously, walking EVERYWHERE) around the historic district of Charleston. A totally gorgeous city with beautiful architecture.

Savannah – Wormsloe Plantation

The avenue of live oaks and Spanish moss leading to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate of Noble Jones (1702-1775) one of the earliest settlers of the Savannah area.

One of the things you learn when you’re traveling around the South is that you don’t go to Savannah to see the plantations, save that for Charleston (I did). But I did really want to see the Live Oak liked drive at Wormsloe Plantation and so hired a car to duck out there for the afternoon.

Worth it.

There’s no plantation house to tour or visit, it’s long ago ruined, but the park is lovely to walk round, the guides thoroughly knowledgable and the beautiful drive just doesn’t disappoint…

 

 

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