The boys were on Spring Break this week so we used it as an excuse to take the week off and head the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We stayed in a 100 year old cabin for five days and, I must say, the time away from busy city life was grand! The cabin was about 20 minutes from the closest “town.” so if we had to go anywhere, we really had to plan for it.
We had time to read, play games, but we also did some touristy stuff. We visited the Virginia Cultural Museum where the boys got to watch sheep being sheared and got to walk through depictions of centuries old Irish and German villages. It was here that we discovered the abandoned sanitarium/prison.
No, we didn’t attempt to go in but I was certainly tempted.
Yesterday, as we’ve done for the past several years we took a day trip to Old Town Alexandria where we visited some cute shops, including our favorite children’s bookstore, Hooray for Books. We then took the water taxi over to National Harbor and visited the Peeps store. Yes, it’s a thing.
Finally, we wrapped up the day with a visit to One More Page Books, our favorite independent bookstore. Between the two stores, we had a great book haul by the end of the day:
Today, we’ll spend the day at home with our traditional Easter dinner of ham and scalloped potatoes. I can’t say I’m ready for vacation to end!
Although I was out of town, following are the reviews that posted this week:
- Review: Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross
- Review: The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic by Hazel Gaynor
- Review: The Island of Doves by Kelly O’Connor McNees
Happy Easter, everyone!