When out-of-town friends visit in the Washington, DC, area we almost always take them sightseeing. You could hardly get friends more out-of-town than Melissa James and her husband. Melissa hails from Australia and has been a good friend of mine for over ten years now. She has visited me before and we have toured the area sites together, but this was her husband’s first time.
The first day I set up a special tour of the Library of Congress. My friend Virginia volunteers as a tour guide there and she gave us a special tour. There is no building more beautiful than the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress and I love to show it off to visitors, especially visitors like Melissa and her dh, who have traveled the world.
Joining us was Mia Zachary and her son. Mia is also a good friend of Melissa’s, but she lives on the Maryland side of DC and I live on the Virginia side (those who live in this area will understand the divide), so this was her only chance to get together with us.
Then we met my husband and our friend Helen who also works at the Library of Congress. (Helen and Virginia are in a writing group with me, along with my friend Julie, and have been from the beginning of my writing – they were also friends even before that!). We all had lunch and afterwards a tour of the Air and Space Museum, which, luckily, was not as crowded as it usually is.
Melissa’s husband’s other request was to see the Virginia countryside and to shop at an Outlet Center. Luckily we could easily accomodate. My dh drove us to the Virginia horse country and we wound up in Middleburg, a quaint and historic little town dating back to before the Revolutionary War. We ate lunch at The Red Fox Inn where Confederate John Mosby, The Gray Ghost, met with his Rangers.
We then stopped at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets. Melissa and her dh managed to get exactly what they were looking for and then some, and I found a skirt and T-shirt.
And then the next day I had to take Melissa and her husband back to the airport. Melissa was on to New York City to see her agent and discuss her exciting new project, which I will speak more about when the time comes. After that they were bound for Scotland and Europe to see more friends.
The visit was much too short and I miss them terribly, but we were so lucky that we had two days of beautiful Virginia weather for their visit and that they missed our terrible freak storm that still leaves some residents without electricity.
Have you had any special visitors this summer? Or made any special trips? If not, where would you like to go and who would you like to see?