Birthday* with Jennifer
Another daddy-daughter connection for the memory bank
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The day may have been a bit
drizzly, but our trip to Mount
Vernon didn't suffer for it.
We toured The Mansion and several
outbuildings, watched a couple of short presentations,
and walked the grounds. Nothing much
in bloom yet, but lots of farm animals to see.
And then it was off to Alexandria's
Old Town for a great dinner at the
* Okay, it was a few days after my birthday
The Mansion at Mount Vernon,
George and Martha Washington's beloved
There was a long queue to get in, but worth the wait.
Graceful lines and distinctive decorating choices throughout.
Interior photography was forbidden in The Mansion, but I snapped this
of the standalone kitchen from the outside through a doorway.
And speaking of food preparation, Jennifer treated me to a delicious
at the Majestic, a warm and welcoming restaurant in Alexandria's Old
I had fried oysters, a succulent lamb shank with tomato grits and
and a dense, to-die-for (but not too soon, I hope) pot au chocolate
Jennifer went for the duck paté, seafood stew, and over-the-top
Somehow I was able to drive home without lapsing into a calorie-induced
return to my
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