PICTURES FROM THE FAIRFIELD INN IN CHESAPEAKE , VIRGINIA

For once when I did a 30 Plus Teams Tour , there wasn’t a sporting event that I was going to see.

Instead, I went with my auntie to a funeral of her friend in Chesapeake, Virginia.

I had never been to this area of Virginia before, which is known as the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Some of the cities here are Norfolk, Virginia Beach , Suffolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Newport News and Chesapeake .

To get to many of these cities , you have to go through tunnels, a lot of them.

One of them, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, is one of the longest bridges in the United States and takes an hour to go through.

We stayed at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Hotel in Chesapeake , Virginia .

It’s a nice hotel but you definitely need a car to get around.

No restaurant is there but can’t beat those free breakfasts and the fact that every room has a microwave, coffeemaker and a refrigerator .

Here are some pictures of the hotel.

LIBERTY TALES – PHILADELPHIA , PENNSYLVANIA – VISITING THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION .

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Philadelphia  is  known  for  just  as  many  museums  as  New  York  City .

Everyone  knows  about  all  the  historical  museums  in  the  city  as  well  as  the  Liberty  Bell  and  Independence  Hall .

I recently  visited  Philadelphia  and  went  into  the  newest  museum  in  the  city .

It’s  called  the  Museum  of  the  American  Revolution  and  it  opened  on  April  19th  of  this  year ,  which  just  happens  to  be  the  day  the  colonists  fired  ”  the  shot  heard  round  the  world  ”   at  Lexington  and  Concord .

The  museum  in Philadelphia  is  located  at  South  Third  Street ,  not  that  far  from  Independence  Hall .

Before  you  enter  the  building ,  you  notice  the  cannons  pointing  towards  you ,  right  above  the  name  of  the  museum .

Also  above  you  on  the  wall ,  is a copy  of  the  Declaration  of  Independence .

When  you  enter  the  lobby ,  which  is  very  impressive ,  including  the  marble  staircase ,  you  pay  your  admission   fee.

Hold  on  to  your  ticket ,  because  if you  come  the  next  day ,  that ticket  is your  admission .

Believe  me ,  you  will  need  two  consecutive  days  to  see  everything  in  this  museum .

Even  then ,  two days  just  isn’t  enough  to  see everything .

As  you  can  gather  by  the  name ,  this  museum  tells  the  story  of  the  American  Revolution .

But  it  doesn’t  start  from  the  events  at  Lexington  and  Concord ,  but  what  LED  up  to  those  events  and  what  happened  to  our  country  after  we  achieved  independence.

This  museum  may  seem  boring  to  you  and  possibly  your  children .

However ,  if your  children  are  old  enough  to  know  about  the  Revolutionary  War ,  they  really  need  to  see this  museum  even  if  you  aren’t  doing  a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Philadelphia .

You think  that  you  know  all  there  is  to  know  about  the  Revolutionary  War  because  you  learned  it  in  school  all  those  years  ago .

After  you  visit  this  museum ,  you  realize  that  you  really  didn’t  know  ANYTHING  about  the  Revolutionary  War .

In  school ,  the war  was  only  talked  about  from  the  Colonists  and  British  side .

There  was  actually  two  other  groups  of  people  whose  point  of  view  we  were  never  told  about .

The Native  Americans  and  the Slaves .

This  museum  makes  you  look  at  the  Revolutionary  War  from  four  different  sides ,  something  a lot  of  American  children  didn’t  learn  in American  History  class .

In every  room  of  the  museum ,  there  are  exhibits .

Children  will  definitely  enjoy  seeing  the  life size  replica  of  John  Paul  Jones’   boat  and  what  it  was  like  to  be  a  sailor  during  the  war .

I  particularly  liked  the  story  of  George  Washington’s  headquarters  at  Valley  Forge .

It was  a  tent ,  just  like  his  men  had .

You  are  allowed  to  take  pictures  at  the  museum ,  but  for  the  exhibit  on George  Washington’s  headquarters ,  no photos  are  allowed  at  all .

Once  you  see  the  exhibit ,  you’ll  understand  why .

I  was  saddened  to  see  the  exhibits  showing  that  while  the  colonists  were  fighting  for  independence  from  England ,  half  the  population  in the 13  colonies  were  slaves .

To  say  that  I  really  enjoyed  myself  at  this  museum  would  be  an  understatement .

As  a  history  major  in  college  oh  so  many  years  ago ,  seeing  the  exhibits  on  Lexington  and  Concord ,  Yorktown  and  all  those  Revolutionary  War  battles  fascinated  me.

I  even  liked  the  exhibit  showing  the  slaves  who  fought  for  the  British  side  because  they  were  promised  freedom .

I  would  strongly  advise  visiting  the  museum  of  the  American  Revolution  while  you’re  in  Philadelphia .

The  museum  gives  you  a  perspective  of  our  history  from  a  different  view .

One  that  is  very  refreshing  to  see .

Spending  two  or  three  hours  in  the  museum  won’t  bore  you ,  nor  will  you  be  disappointed .

CAPITAL JOURNEY – WASHINGTON DC – THE GEORGE MASON STATUE.

You  all  are  on  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Washington  DC .

The  four  of  you  have  lost  count  of  how  many  statues ,  memorials ,  monuments  and  museums  that  you’ve  seen  since  you  arrived  in  town .

You’re  going  to  see  the  Jefferson  Memorial  today .

It’s  a  long  walk  from  where  you  all  just  left ,  but  since  it’s  a  nice  day  and  the  cherry  blossoms  are  out ,  the  four  of  you  don’t  mind  the  long  walk .

Before  you  reach  the  Jefferson  Memorial ,  you  all  notice  a  statue  of  a  man  seated  on  a  bench .

His  hat  and  his  cane  are  on  one  side  of  him ,  and  on  the  other  side  seems  to  be  a  book .

He  seems  to  be  smiling ,  sort  of .

You  all  figure  he  could  be  smiling  at  what  a  really  beautiful  day  it  is ,  or  he  could  be  contemplating  the  meaning  of  life .

One  of  you  thinks  this  has  to  be  a  statue  of  Sir  Issac  Newton  or  some  other  great  philosopher .

You  bend  down  to  see  just  who  this  gentleman  is .

He’s  not  a  philosopher ,  he’s  one  of  the  signers  of  the  Declaration  of  Independence  from  Virginia ,  George  Mason .

You  all  don’t  remember  his  name  from  American  History  class  but  one  of  you  does  remember  hearing  his  name  from  somewhere .

”  George  Mason .  You  know ,  like the  school .  George  Mason  University . “, she  says .

Now  you  all  remember .

This  is  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  after all .

You  all  remember  the  name  from  the  men’s  basketball  team  in the  college  basketball  tournament .

You  know ,  the  one  that’s  known  as  ”  March  Madness  ” ? FB_IMG_1501510772084