27 October 2018
Today was Judy & Melissa day! We left the men behind to do boat maintenance. We started out on the Norfolk side of the Elizabeth River on the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail. We discovered the Pagoda and Oriental Garden. It is a beautiful treasure on the waterfront in Freemason Harbor. We walked up and down blocks and blocks, admiring and photographing the architecture. We made our way to the Chrysler Museum of Art. It has been a few years since I had been and I wanted Judy to see it. We spent nearly two hours combing through exhibits of European and American paintings and sculpture, Ancient worlds, modern art, photography and one of my favorites, glass. We had time to stop at the Wisteria cafe for a cup of tea and sweet potato biscuits with Virginia ham. We browsed the museum gift shop and the headed across the street to the glass studio where we saw a glass blowing demonstration. We stopped by the boats to check on things. They guys were immersed in projects, so we decided to take the ferry to Portsmouth. I wanted to see the old Commodore theater. It was built in 1945 in the Art Deco style. Then we walked the historic district there. After we got back to Waterside, Carl's daughter Shannon and two of her daughters (and their dog Daisy) came to deliver some rechargeable batteries that Don needed. Then she took us all to dinner at Doumar's. It is a drive in that was featured on the t.v. show, Diners Drive In's and Dives". We had burgers, shakes, bbq and limeades and a lot of fun!
My fit bit says we walked 6 miles! It was a fabulous girls day out!