After our somewhat harrowing trip from Huntington to Virginia - January's windshield washer wasn't working and the road conditions for a good part of the journey were wet and salty - we arrived in good shape and with me giving January firm instructions to call the next day and find a place that could repair her washers!
I got to spend a nice amount of time with January before she and Maggie left for North Carolina to spend New Year's Eve with their friends there and, of course, I always enjoy staying at Chris's apartment and spending time with him too. We all (January, Maggie, Chris and I) spent Wednesday evening together with a nice Chinese dinner first and then back to the apartment to exchange presents with Chris.
Chris, being the nice son he is, took me out for a very nice New Year's Eve dinner at the Carlyle Restaurant, a really nice restaurant that Chris has been going to for lots of years and when I'm here, I lots of time get treated to their goodies. Managed to stay up til midnight and then Saturday I asked Chris if the idea of him giving me a behind-the-scenes tour at the National Cathedral (he's a docent) appealed to him and it turned out he had been thinking he wanted to maybe go there to take some pictures with his new wide-angle lens, so we spent a good part of the day there and it was great!! I took so many pictures it was like being on one of my travels again - well, not "like" ... I was on a travel! I tried to really winnow down the pictures and they're not real great cause it's me taking them for one thing and for another thing, I didn't think to take my camera so took them all with my I-phone. So, first of all, here we are outside - a cloudy day, but a beautiful cathedral.
And this is just a beautiful passageway:
Chris took me into various attics, outside to stand on the gutter(!) and behind all kinds of locked doors.
And I liked this shot of the two front towers from one of the upper level windows:
While up there, I noticed that every massive pillar on our side had a little carved decoration - each one different. This was the closest one to me:
And here are two more from up in the gallery:
And this last picture just really tickles me. Apparently, when the cathedral was being built, there was, of course, a stonecarvers' "shed" where they could work during bad weather and such. And every year on New Year's Eve, any carvers who were there that day would open a bottle of wine, date it and drink it. These are all those bottles tucked away on shelves over a door in one of the "attics" and there's one for every year from 1959 to probably around 1995 or 1996 (they started building in 1907).
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.