Sunday, September 20, 2009
A Get-away to Norfolk, Virginia
Tim and I had the chance to get away (just the two of us!) for 5 days and 4 nights to Norfolk, and then Virginia Beach, Virginia.
This picture was the view from our hotel in Norfolk. We were overlooking the Elizabeth River and the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. I enjoyed watching the barge's, tugboats, and ships coming in and out of the area.
The second night we were there, we went out on The Spirit of Norfolk. This is a dinner cruise where the wait staff actually entertains you with singing and dancing! Loads of fun - great buffet, too!
This ship is so big that it didn't even feel as if we were on water until it turned around, and even that was only a little motion. This was well worth the effort for the entertainment we had.
Another great attraction is the USS Wisconsin. This is actually parked next to Nauticus and is a free exhibit. This is the same ship that fired the first shots in Dessert Storm a few years back. Here are two pictures:
On our last day in Norfolk, we went on a cruise to see the Naval Shipyard. This was an awesome tour and if you ever get a chance to come to Norfolk, VA (and I hope you do!) please make the effort to take this tour! Here are some pictures of the tour and the Navy ships we saw:
This is a picture of the USS Cole (The smaller ship in the picture on the top right) which was damaged in a terrorist attack in Yemin a few years ago. Sailors were killed during the attack. Quite sobering.
This was an awesome sight, an air craft carrier! This enormous ship cost 5 billion dollars to build and it has 2 nuclear power sources aboard so that at top speed it can soar at 55mph through the seas! Now that would be a sight to see!
We hope to come back to Norfolk, Virginia and next time with the kids.