June 28th, 2005
A few pictures from our lodge before we left in the morning.
| The Big Meadows Lodge (where we had a
lovely dinner of sweet
potato fries and boysenberry cobbler).
|A view from the wrap around patio (complete with rocking chairs).|
| On the drive through Shenandoah National Park, we
passed dozens of tiny
deer, a marmot and a turkey buzzard.
Maymont House in Richmond, VA
| The gatehouse and the stone barn (one time home of the
staff, horses and
|The carriage house complete with four horse drawn carriages.|
|The Maymont House, former home of Major and Mrs. Dooley.|
| Nina LOVES old homes and anything antique and therefore
loved the tour
of this beautiful home built in 1893.
|"The Three Graces" sculpture|
| The tour of the mansion included a museum
dedicated to the domestic work
and lives of the serving staff at Maymont House.
| The grounds of the Dooley
estate have been turned into a home for wild
animals and a children's petting zoo.
|We got to see a real live bear brawl!!|
| The estate features a Japanese and an Italian designed
garden. This photo
shows the waterfall in the Japanese garden.
|Ahhhhhh..... the tranquility!|
|Chris on the bridge over the goldfish pond.|
|A lovely stepping stone pathway through the goldfish pond.|
|The elaborate fountain in the Italian garden.|
| According to Nina, this looks just like the La Cascade
fountain in Bois de
Bologne park in Paris, France.
|The rose garden.|