Houston, we have a problem…

… your road system is ridiculously over-complicated and supremely unpleasant to navigate: twisty connecting ramps on multiple levels, exits every few yards, and the need to change lanes repeatedly in order to avoid being spun off to goodness-knows-where. And that’s not to mention the fact that everyone drives horribly. Seriously, it all makes driving in New Jersey look positively civilised.

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Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

I can hardly believe that it’s September already. Other than the sun setting unexpectedly early, the weather continues warm and sunny, and autumn still seems a long way off. In addition, August seems to have disappeared without trace, although I’m sure that our various holidays are to blame for that, so I can’t really complain too much! In addition to our Berkshires weekend and roadtrip up to Maine, my parents visited us for a week, providing another great excuse to take some time off and play tourist. Continue reading

Colonial Williamsburg

After a lengthy debate about whether it would be worth paying for admission tickets, or if we should simply wander around the historic area, Tom won and we handed over the money. (This often happens when we’re travelling, and in fairness it’s almost always worth it – I should try to remember that next time…!)

Governor's Palace, back door

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What to do with a weekend…

Let’s go away for a¬†weekend, we said. Somewhere warm and relaxing, so South,¬†maybe even Mexico or the Caribbean. Cue several days of trawling TripAdvisor, trying to find somewhere cheap, convenient, and with at least a couple of interesting sites to visit. Just as we were on the point of giving up and staying home, a friend suggested Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, which turned out to be exactly what we were looking for.bridge over the Potomac
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Museum of the City of New York

Idly paging through some online reviews a couple of weeks ago, my attention was captured by a rather lovely-sounding Gilded Age exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. A little investigation revealed that they were showing a number of other interesting exhibits too, so we persuaded our latest houseguests to join us in a visit.

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