Friday, September 26, 2014

Wilmington, Delaware, Monday, September 22, 2014

Landmark sights....our homeland....

Crossing the Verrazano bridge

Our room is not ready so we go for lunch at Pizza by Elizabeth, the recommendation of the front desk -- their restaurant was booked.  We had a hard time finding it....and then were quite surprised.....this is a pizza parlor?  But the front desk DID emphasize "gourmet' pizza!

Back to our nest for the night.....Montchanin named in honor of Anne de Montchanin, mother of Pierre Samuel duPont de Nemours.  Kathy looked for a long time to find somewhere "different" to spend the night....Tom had suggested the Hampton Inn.

The reception area is housed in the original barn....

the early inhabitants, during 1850-1910, were mill laborers who worked at the nearby duPont Black Powder Mills -- the beginning of DuPont.  Below is one of the houses which has been divided in to three one bedroom suites.  There are a total of 28 rooms in the Village.

Our front door..

The grounds are is the sunny afternoon.

Posted around the gardens....

The common area in the "barn".  The property is in the duPont family.  A 7th generation duPont inherited it from her grandmother and restored it as you see today....some 20 years ago.

Check this old game table....note the candlesticks at each corner to light the games!

A BIG surprise.....Tom's eldest daughter, Sandy, is in Wilmington on business.  She lives and works in Hong Kong with husband and 3 children.  And we find that we are 30 minutes apart.  We got to have breakfast before we left!!!  

This is our final post.  We took two more days to drive home, arriving on Wednesday, September 25, 2014.  It has been a wonderful journey.  We learned a lot!!!! We drove about 4,000 miles, visited all of the UK, struggled with 6 different currencies and met many wonderful people....but the below picture says it all: