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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011:

My flight from Indianapolis arrived at Washington's Dulles Airport at 7:30am.

It would be ten hours before my flight to Paris was due to depart,
so I rented a car and headed off to Mount Vernon which was was only a 35 mile drive.


All of the images below are thumbnails and can be clicked on for a larger image.

Mount Vernon is located near Alexandria, Virginia and was the plantation home of George Washington.
The mansion is built of wood in neoclassical Georgian architectural style on the banks of the Potomac River.
It was a beautiful day for my short visit to Mount Vernon.
The Eastern facade, facing the Potomac The Eastern facade, facing the Potomac Side view of mansion with Potomac River behind

The property consists of 500 acres with the main buildings, including the house, located near the riverfront.
After touring the interior of the mansion (no pictures were allowed) I took a walk around the grounds.
Potomac River The grounds of the Mount Vernon estate The grounds of the Mount Vernon estate

The tomb containing George and Martha Washington is located near the fruit garden.
The grounds of the Mount Vernon estate The grounds of the Mount Vernon estate The tomb of George & Martha Washington

The video below is just under eight minutes and covers my visit to the Mount Vernon estate.

After leaving Mount Vernon I had lunch in Manassas and then it was back to Dulles for my 5:30 flight to Paris.



MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON JULY 15, 2011
Howdy friends and family,

I am sitting in the United lounge at Dulles Airport waiting for my flight to Paris. I had a ten hour layover here in Washington today, so I rented a car and drove over to Mount Vernon.

The Eastern facade, facing the Potomac

It was a beautiful morning here. Nice cool temps and a nice breeze off the Potomac River.

Potomac River

After leaving George Washington's home I had lunch and then headed back to the airport. My flight leaves at 5:33 which is about 90 minutes away. If all goes according to plan I will be spending the next six weeks in Europe.

I'll write more when I get to Paris,

Tim


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