Virginia Beach, Virginia 2/9/2014

FEBRUARY 9, 2014 (Sunday)

 

Grey skies and cold.

We got up and got moving. We left our “home” around noon and drove towards Virginia Beach. We stopped along the way to get a little something to eat (Taco Bell) and some eye drops. I woke up with a bright red devil eye this morning. It hurts. I don’t want to scare Dan and Celsa at linner today. We also stopped for gas ($3.17 a gallon). The drive to Virginia Beach is about an hour, approximately 50 miles.

Lex's laundry room that is in the hall.

Lex’s laundry room that is in the hall.

Full sized washer and dryer for the studio.

Full sized washer and dryer for the studio.

Front door to parking, stairs to two units upstairs and hallway to our two units.

Front door to parking, stairs to two units upstairs and hallway to our two units.

Gassed up at a Raceway.

Gassed up at a Raceway.

Ship getting ready to go over the channel we were getting ready to go under.

Ship getting ready to go over the channel we were getting ready to go under.

Going down.

Going down.

Going up

Going up

I think an aircraft carrier is in there.

I think an aircraft carrier is in there.

Interesting trees near Dan and Celsa's place.

Interesting trees near Dan and Celsa’s place.

We got to Dan and Celsa’s home around 2:30 PM. (Dan and Celsa are the couple we got to meet in November when we were last in Williamsburg. He had contacted us through our blog site and we’ve just really enjoyed them.) What a beautiful place they have. They also have the cutest cat (their son) who was very friendly and loved lying in Michael’s lap. We visited for a little bit before we left for linner.

Dan at home.

Dan at home.

Dan took this picture because it was not his cats usual behavior.

Dan took this picture because it was not his cats usual behavior.

I enjoyed him and he enjoyed my lap.

I enjoyed him and he enjoyed my lap (soft and squishy).

Happy cat.

Happy cat.

Dan and Celsa had picked a Vietnamese place. It was so good. Very subtle flavors and everything looked beautiful. I had a noodle dish that was excellent. Michael and Lexi had a soup that they both really enjoyed. Dan had soup and Celsa had a shrimp dish. Was so nice visiting and catching up with them. We were hoping we would get to meet at least one of their daughters, but they were both working.

Snow left over in the parking lot!

Snow left over in the parking lot!

Today's Restaurant.

Today’s restaurant.

Dan, Celsa, Pretty Woman and Lex getting ready to order.

Dan, Celsa, Pretty Woman and Lex getting ready to order.

Appetizers, slight variations on egg rolls.

Appetizers, slight variations on egg rolls.

Dan got a beef with vegetables.

Dan got a beef with vegetables.

 

Lex and I both got sliced turkey with vegetables.

Lex and I both got sliced turkey with vegetables.

Edie got a delicious bowl of grilled chicken with vegetables and noodles.

Edie got a delicious bowl of grilled chicken with vegetables and noodles.

Celsa got shrimp, rice and vegetables.

Celsa got shrimp, rice and vegetables.

After we left the restaurant (around 4:30 PM), we headed for an area called the oceanfront. It looked a lot like Daytona Beach and Myrtle Beach – with the huge resorts and hotels along the shore. Nice to drive it. We then drove down the narrow streets with the homes that border the ocean. Michael had to get out and take pictures while going to the beach access. It was so cold that Lexi and I stayed in the car and waited for him.

Colorful coastal mural.

Colorful coastal mural.

Huge statue of King Neptune.

Huge statue of King Neptune.

Very commercial beach area.

Very commercial beach area.

Cavalier Hotel, 7 presidents have been guests, founded in 1926.

Cavalier Hotel, 7 presidents have been guests, founded in 1926.

Or the right, beach front homes.

On the right, beach front homes.

There seemed to be public access every two blocks.

There seemed to be public access every two blocks.

Lots of don'ts

Lots of dont’s

Rules.

Rules.

Beautiful homes to the south.

Beautiful homes to the South.

Wide beach to the south.

Wide beach to the South.

 

Looking to the east.

Looking to the East.

Looking north

Looking North

By this time we were tired and wanted to get home. We are really enjoying driving through the tunnel under the water. We feel like we’ve cheated death every time we do it. Fun and frightening at the same time.

Fun sculpture in the center of a traffic circle.

Fun sculpture in the center of a traffic circle.

Grumpy driving west into a burning sun, using his great ski goggles.

Grumpy driving West into a burning sun, using his great ski goggles.

Last rays of the day.

Last rays of the day.

We got home around 7:00 PM and are just gonna relax. Michael and I have our date night (Downton Abbey) and Lexi is excited to see The Walking Dead.

That was our day. Hope yours was great!

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