Once again, I must give all credit to Kiera for planning our road trip with such wonderful attention to detail. We always rely on her to organise our trips and I feel guilty about that but what can one do, SHE DOES IT SO WELL!
Our first night was spent in the beautiful riverside town of Wilmington, North Carolina. It was a long drive (8 hours) because of snarl-ups on the I (interstate) 95 which, by the way, runs all the way from the Canadian border down to Miami, Florida. Once we got past Richmond, VA, the traffic thinned out and we were on our way. Because we didn’t have time to stop properly for lunch we pulled into a drive-through burger joint, a first for Pete and me, and I have to say for one who doesn’t eat burgers as a rule, it was not half bad.
We stayed in a converted schoolhouse in Wilmington within easy walking of the river and the town centre. We enjoyed the river walk as well as strolling around the historic district looking at lovely old houses.
After Wilmington we made our way to Charleston, South Carolina. En route we took a detour to the beach on Pawleys Island, which was quite spectacular.
In Charleston we stayed in the most gorgeous Air B&B in central Queens Street and visited a couple of plantation gardens along the banks of the Ashley River.
From there we went to Savannah, Georgia and spent many hours wondering around this lovely southern town. I turned 60 in Savannah. I like spending my birthday in foreign places, it helps me remember them. And although it unsettles me a bit to think that I’m that much closer to decrepitude, I enjoyed celebrating it with Peter, Kiera and James.
Our last stop before Miami was St Augustine, Florida.
After a week of travelling we arrived in Miami just in time for the 4th of July weekend and a chance to put our feet up and relax. More about Miami later though. Suffice to say that it has been an absolute dream spending time together as a family again, not just in the same city but all in the same house, made possible by our wonderful American family.