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Old 10-26-2018, 04:13 PM   #121
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Larry, you clearly can not sit still!
There's an awful lot of activities in just one day of a long road trip!!
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Last day in Nashville, will be starting to head back home starting tomorrow. Originally supposed to go to Chattanooga and do a few things down there, but the weather was an issue. But its ok, I still have my plan B in place. Went to Andrew Jacksons home, just outside of Nashville. Beautiful house on a magnificent piece of land. Gardens and cotton fields. In addition, I got a few pics of his mid 1800's kitchen, and food prep area. Although nothing like a modern day kitchen, it still made me yearn to hop right in there, light a fire and cook away ( boy do I miss it ). He also had a smoke house.

One thing I found interesting was that sugar was very valuable at the time ( early 1800's). It was a sign of wealth to have a decent amount of sugar, so it was kept under lock and key in a fancy wood " Sugar Chest", which was displayed in a public area of the house, just to show off how wealthy you were by the amount of sugar you had.

***Ill post the pics tomorrow, be patient***

After this we had a sit down meal. She had an artichoke, tofu sandwich ( which I know doesnt sound appetizing, but it was actually very good. In addition she had a side of kale, prepared with garlic, oil and tasted like a little soy sauce, also very good.

I had a black bean/ pumpkin soup ( more of a stew, a little heavy on the white pepper, but I like it that way). My sandwich was a portobello/ tempeh sandwich, very good as well.

With all the traveling, and this actually being the lightest travel day ( maybe an hour in the car at most the entire day, we stayed local), we just ordered more food from the same place to take back to the room, and have later on so we wouldn't have to go searching for food again. I got a veggie reuben sandwich , she got a caesar salad ( both vegan, and surprisingly good), and we ordered an array of cake and cookies for a snack. We've been very good and skipped many desserts, but we made up for it ( chocolate chip cookies, a pecan cupcake, some kind of cinnamon pecan cake, and apple pop-tart- like pastry

When we reached the hotel ( mid day), we checked in, but still had to get our tickets for the Lynyrd Skynyrd show from will call. It was crappy out, so we just wanted to get the tickets ( one less thing to worry about), then relax at the hotel. Well, we got the tickets, but i felt that we had too much time to kill, so I found a tour of a printing factory that prints many of the local signs for the Rhyman theater, along with other music venues, political signs and such. It really was a blast. A lot of it is hand / manually printed. The letters and most of the graphics stencils are hand carved in wood (in the mirror image, so when printed, it comes out the right way). The letters and grapghics are set , the person spreads the ink on the rollers, and rolls a paper over the letters so the ink prints on the paper. these kinda things amuse me. everything these days is digital, mass produced and computerized. Its nice to see humans doing something other than just punching a button.

After this we headed back to the hotel and got my relaxation hour or two. we finally headed to the concert. Ofcourse, my luck, we had the most annoying, obnoxious , loud, dancing peopled in front of us, behind is and you guessed it, next to us . Its as if someone put a curse on us. We suffered through the first two acts ( who were good, just the adjacent people weren't). Some were drinking so much, my wife feared the guy next to her was abut to throw up, so she said something to one of the staff who then told her where she can go to complain and maybe change seats. She did that and got 2 more seats. Not as good as what we had, but better surrounding people. Problem is, they were in the center of a row, and Im claustrophobic, I need an aisle seat. So, she sat in the newer ( crappier ) seats, and I stayed with the jackasses. I made it through 1/2 the show, and I just wasn't enjoying myself. Not sure if it was the surrounding people, the fact my wife was in another section, or maybe I just had enough ( it has been a long week, and this was the 4th consecutive night was seeing a concert with multiple bands playing ( total of 15 + bands in he past 4 nights, not including all the live acts we saw up and down broadway.) So, we packed it in, went back to the hotel. I finished the other half of my sandwich and just about to head to sleep.

Checking the weather , it appears its going to be crappy again tomorrow too, so ill probably have to do another plan B. Also, the next few days are heavy on traveling, as we need to get back to New York by Monday, as its my daughters 21st birthday. We will celebrate that with her, and then we have a few " post road trip-trips. ugh, this is exhausting.

Also, have to make sure I consider Im losing an hour, cause we'll be back in the eastern time zone.

Pics tomorrow, I promise.

Almost forgot. During our last stroll down Broadway in Nashville, a huge fight broke out. Must have been a half dozen bouncers, each grabbing on to someone. One being a girl screaming " you hit me, you hit me!!!", it spilled out on the to street. Way too many people and way too much alcohol. We cut our stroll short and headed to the hotel. Love Nashville, dont mind the craziness, the the disorderly drunks is a little too much for me. Im from NY, and am often in Times Square in the middle of the night, weekends... and ive never seen the chaos as ive seen tonight. Still having a great time, but dont want to be a statistic, or be at the wrong place at the wrong time, and have a " My cousin vinnie" situation arise.
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Old 10-27-2018, 05:21 AM   #126
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Ok, Starting of with me being an idiot ( as usual)

Early 1800's kitchen. On the left shelves are metal Cloche's of various sizes to keep the food warm after being prepared. On the right decorative ceramic jars often used to store candied ginger, and other specialty imported items. Two different types of butter churns to the left.

The pantry, kept under lock and key to prevent the slaves from stealing anything during off hours

The wooden square piece of furniture used to store the treasured, expensive , sugar. Often displayed in a public room to basically brag that you can afford such an expensive item. Proof of status to some sort.

The dining room table, could sit up to 16. Apparently, he was a big entertainer.
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The Smoke House ( inside and out). Figured some of you guys would get a kick out of this.

The gardens and its location relative to the house to the house, Cotton plants, A fig tree showing the unripe green fig, and the ripening fig ( purplish-brown). IT took everything in my power not to eat it. The garden was more of a hobby-flower garden for his wife. They had over 1500 acres of farm land. Primarily cotton, some corn and oats ( for crops to sell), but likely had other crops to sustain the eating needs of the family and workers.
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Old 10-27-2018, 05:43 AM   #128
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The printing tour, the wooden carved ( backwards 'R'), a full set up of letters mounted on the press ready for printing.

Me in action printing ( this was a simple one for us to make something to take home. They had more advanced/ efficient ones that they really used for printing and in another room ( which we didnt see), they had even more advanced ones that could handle the really large orders. ( Notice the hat change. I brought 3 different hats. Dont have much hair, so I cant change my hairstyle, so different hats are the next best thing ).

A poster with its mirror image of letters and graphics next to it

The AT&T building ( Also known as the "Batman Building" because of its striking resemblance to the character , looking over the Main street , broadway.
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Helen Kellers Kitchen

Im posting a pic of the kitchen and dining room I saw in Helen Kellers childhood kitchen. Probably about 50+ years later than Andrew Jackson's, for comparison.
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Really enjoying this trip through your narrative...


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Almost forgot. During our last stroll down Broadway in Nashville, a huge fight broke out. Must have been a half dozen bouncers, each grabbing on to someone. One being a girl screaming " you hit me, you hit me!!!", it spilled out on the to street. Way too many people and way too much alcohol. We cut our stroll short and headed to the hotel. Love Nashville, dont mind the craziness, the the disorderly drunks is a little too much for me. Im from NY, and am often in Times Square in the middle of the night, weekends... and ive never seen the chaos as ive seen tonight. Still having a great time, but dont want to be a statistic, or be at the wrong place at the wrong time, and have a " My cousin vinnie" situation arise.
With the current political climate, I'm surprised that we don't hear of a lot more bar/street fights. Crazy times, and alcohol doesn't help.

I've been to concerts where the dancers were a royal pain in the ass too. I love the music, but I'm NOT a dancer. I'm more of a toe tapper, and still have trouble staying in time with the music. No rhythm in my genes, I guess.

Sounds like you've have a great trip though, for the most part. Have a safe drive for the remainder.
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Today was more of a travel day.
We woke up, grabbed some bananas and coffee from the concierge lounge and got going.

Stopped off in Knoxville for lunch, check out the farmers market in the Market Center and walked the down. Although I have driven through and past Knoxville, this was the first time we actually stopped and walked around. It was a nice way to break up the trip. The market was nice. Most memorable, was the guy playing the saw for money.

We hopped back into the car, and made our way to Roanoke VA. Had dinner there , and also scouted out the town. Tonight will be an early night. No concerts planned. Just relaxing for tomorrows Journey, where we will visit the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

So for lunch I had a Veggie Dog with the works and a side of mac and cheese.

At the market, they were selling a Rosemary Focaccia which I couldn't resist. That was my snack in the car on our way to Roanoke

Dinner was a veggie philly steak sandwich, but I ate it and then realized I forgot to photograph it.

You can see the mountains in the distance as we drove. One disappointment was the delayed color change of the leaves. Apparently it was warmer than usual for a longer period of time, which delayed the color change. Looks like we missed it by a couple of weeks. There were a few spots that were nice, but not many.
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Yesterday was our last day of the road trip ( kind of ).
Our intentions were to go to see Thomas Jefferson's house then head over to George Washington's house. I knew it was a lot to conquer in one day, but I also knew that I had to coordinate when I left Virginia, as not to get clobbered in end of the weekend traffic in DC, Baltimore, Philly and NYC.

So we got up, travelled to Monticello ( Jefferson's house). WE got there a little early, so I toured the Garden , vineyard and orchards until it was time for our tour. We did the house tour first. We had done this probably like 25 + years ago ( since its history, nothing much changed , except for me. Instead of being a young kid, Im now an adult ( although my wife might disagree), with a lot of experience and knowledge in my back pocket. I knew Id do this tour looking at things differently than I did when I was in my twenties. It was great. Just the architecture, and all the details ( since he was an inventor as well). After the house tour, we did the garden tour ( which is primarily what I wanted to go, as gardening is one of my favorite hobbies ( along with cooking and music). I wish I had a garden as big as his, and a location on the south side of a mountain ( as he did). I'd literally disappear the second I got up and not return until the sun went down. In addition to being a lawyer, politician and inventor, he also did the biology thing, by collecting and growing ( or at least trying to ) different plants, trees, flowers and veggies. His garden and land have a diverse selection of plants. he kept records of everything.

With so much to do, a lot of land to look at, and a perfect fall day, we did as much as we could at this location. We spent twice as much time there as I thought we would ( I didnt want to rush, just wanted to take it all in).

After we were done, we had the option of stopping by Washingtons house ( and probably doing a half-a$$ed job, or just heading home. Heading home would mean probably hitting traffic on the way. But, I didnt want to do a rushed visit to Washingtons house and not enjoy it. So, we decided to head home. After a long 10 days, we knew it was time to go home. Sure we hit some traffic ( probably extended our travel time by 45 minutes, but not all at once, 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there).

We were relieved as we started to see signs we were familiar with. When we saw the Philadelphia sky line, that was a big sense of home for us, as we lived in philly for a number of years, and we visit it 3 or 4 times a year. Still had another 3 hours to go, but we could do that drive on autopilot, since we've dont it well over 100 times.


So, the pictures included:

Jeffersons House at Monticello
( This is my artistic photo, with the reflection of the house in his fish pond)

The garden and vineyards ( on the south side of the mountain)
The kitchen (figure late 1700's, when compared to Andrew Jackson's kitchen about early 1800's and Hellen Kellers about late 1800's.
Wine cellar, but more importantly , the Dumbwaiter for the wine bottles which would be hoisted up from the cellar to the first floor in a hidden compartment adjacent to the fireplace ( pics were not allowed inside the house on the first level so I take any)

And finally, the Philly Skyline.

***The reason I said that it was kind of the end of the road trip, is tomorrow we leave for Massachusetts for another cranberry experience ( another farm tour and we get to do a dry pick). This is just an overnighter. We will be spending the night in Newport Rhode Island, then back to NY to pick up my daughter ( who is turning 21 today), at the end of the week, up to Connecticut to the casino and a comedy show. Then back to New York to do absolutely NOTHING for 3 days until I go back to work, and hope I remember how to do my work
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What a great day, Larry. I adore Monticello - we hosted six exchange students and took all of them there. The garden is certainly a highlight. So beautiful. Did you see the smoke room (for smoking meats)? I was always amazed that you could still smell the smoke, even though it hasn't been used in over a hundred and fifty years.

Maybe next year, you and your wife can plan a Virginia Presidents trip. In fact, I might suggest this to DH, too. We've been to several of these places, but not all of them. Woodrow Wilson's boyhood home and Presidential Library in Staunton are interesting and the town itself is great fun, full of artists interesting restaurants.

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What a great day, Larry. I adore Monticello - we hosted six exchange students and took all of them there. The garden is certainly a highlight. So beautiful. Did you see the smoke room (for smoking meats)? I was always amazed that you could still smell the smoke, even though it hasn't been used in over a hundred and fifty years.

Maybe next year, you and your wife can plan a Virginia Presidents trip. In fact, I might suggest this to DH, too. We've been to several of these places, but not all of them. Woodrow Wilson's boyhood home and Presidential Library in Staunton are interesting and the town itself is great fun, full of artists interesting restaurants.

https://medium.com/politics-past-and...a-1c491ce88222

We did see the smoke room, I actually have a few pics somewhere in the thousands I took . We were actually thinking the same thing. To return next year, do another tour or so at Monticello, since they offer different tours with different themes, Washington's home also has several different tours. That trip would be more of a destination trip, spending enough time at each rather than the road trip we were just on. Thanks for the Woodrow Wilson tip, Ill be sure to put that on the list. Depending on which way I decide to travel, may hot Gettysburg too. Ive been meaning to do that forever , just never got around to it.
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We did see the smoke room, I actually have a few pics somewhere in the thousands I took . We were actually thinking the same thing. To return next year, do another tour or so at Monticello, since they offer different tours with different themes, Washington's home also has several different tours. That trip would be more of a destination trip, spending enough time at each rather than the road trip we were just on. Thanks for the Woodrow Wilson tip, Ill be sure to put that on the list. Depending on which way I decide to travel, may hot Gettysburg too. Ive been meaning to do that forever , just never got around to it.
If you're into Civil War history, Appomattox Court House is worth a trip, too. It's grown a lot since we took our first exchange student there in 1995.

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If you're into Civil War history, Appomattox Court House is worth a trip, too. It's grown a lot since we took our first exchange student there in 1995.

https://www.nps.gov/apco/index.htm
Ill definitely put it on my things to do list.

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...We were actually thinking the same thing. To return next year, do another tour or so at Monticello, since they offer different tours with different themes...
GG got her dibs in for Appomattox before I could, because I was going to (once again) put in a plug for Jefferson'ts "Poplar Forest". (The link is "www.poplarforest.org" but it was down right now.) He built it as his summer retreat and retirement home; we think of it as a mini-Monticello. Because of its size and location, you see a side of a famous man when he got away from his busy life. Over our marriage, Himself and I have been to Monticello twice or three times, and Poplar Forest three times. Monticello is impressive, but Poplar Forest is "cozy" - or as cozy as a stately home can be. We stumbled upon it early in its restoration. Now it's time we got back to see the (mostly) finished product.

There are many things to see within an hour of Poplar Forest. Lynchburg is about 10 miles northeast, Appomattox is a bit over a half hour to the east, and Natural Bridge is about an hour to the northwest. Plenty of Virginia vineyards all along many of the roads you would travel.
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GG got her dibs in for Appomattox before I could, because I was going to (once again) put in a plug for Jefferson'ts "Poplar Forest". (The link is "www.poplarforest.org" but it was down right now.) He built it as his summer retreat and retirement home; we think of it as a mini-Monticello. Because of its size and location, you see a side of a famous man when he got away from his busy life. Over our marriage, Himself and I have been to Monticello twice or three times, and Poplar Forest three times. Monticello is impressive, but Poplar Forest is "cozy" - or as cozy as a stately home can be. We stumbled upon it early in its restoration. Now it's time we got back to see the (mostly) finished product.

There are many things to see within an hour of Poplar Forest. Lynchburg is about 10 miles northeast, Appomattox is a bit over a half hour to the east, and Natural Bridge is about an hour to the northwest. Plenty of Virginia vineyards all along many of the roads you would travel.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
I didnt even know about Poplar Forest until this trip . The guide made comment about it, and another couple on the tour said they were just there the day before. Definitely on my radar for the future.

We actually did Natural Bridge a year or two ago. It was one of those, we need a break and we saw a sign for it, so we pulled over. Totally a spontaneous thing but really enjoyed it. The only problem I had was when I photographed it, I had my wife stand too close to me, rathe than the bridge itself, so you cant appreciate how high it really is ( I think it was like 300 ft). We wanted to stop by again this time around just for the photo op ( to do it right this time) but it was too early/dark as we passed it and we were on a time schedule due to our tour. there's always next time. I love this area of the country, so much history, so much natural landscape and so much to do.
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and how I missed Poplar forest is beyond me. Im usually so thorough when planning these things. Im always looking for some kind of link or connection from one site or activity to another. Honestly, I never even heard of poplar forest until yesterday. And since yesterday, I've heard about it 3 times. Just gives me another reason to return to the area .
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