OUR VISIT TO NATIONAL CAPITAL FF WASHINGTON DC AND SHELBY NORTH CAROLINA October 2019
Washington is a very cosmopolitian city that takes pride in its diversity, and we soon realised that we were in for a treat of cultural experiences through museums, monuments and buildings, a blues concert, soul cuisine and a multicultural church. We visited various members homes for events such as welcome, farewell and cheese and wine parties.
The impression one gets of Washington is of a spacious friendly city, with its wide boulevards, tree lined streets and monumental buildings of the Smithsonian all overlooked by the magnificent Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial. At Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington we were honoured to lay a wreath at his burial place. We will never forget our new friends but must say goodbye after an action packed week and fly off to Shelby North Carolina 450 miles south.
What a contrast from city to countryside.
We were staying in western area of NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The autumn foliage was just turning. Another action packed week. We enjoyed Lake Lure, The Tyron Equestrian Centre, the BMW plant to watch the robots make the cars, Biltmore House, the largest home in USA, meeting the Sheriff and Mayor of Shelby, The Earl Scruggs centre and a ride on the towns historical carousel.
We had southern food experiences, Cookouts with Hushpuppies and BBQ's with s'mores, grits and cheese and much more.
The cheeky Piney Mountains Boys musical performance was the perfect ending to a week of Southern Hospitality.