The next day was essentially just a day for driving. Unfortunately, it’s too far to go from Washington to Nashville in one day, so a stop off is needed in-between to break up the journey. It meant that we were staying in a tiny hotel in the middle of nowhere (the fact that we nicknamed it ‘murder hotel’ probably tells you everything you need to know about it).

Our guide did his best to provide us with some interesting sights during the day though, and so we stopped off at Charlottesville for lunch. This is a city in Virginia, and is famous for two reasons. It was the home of Thomas Jefferson (which is the second most visited house in the country after the White House) and is the home of the University of Virginia – apparently one of the most prominent colleges in America.

It was nice to stop off at a place that has some historical and cultural importance, even if we didn’t really get to see much of it. Our guide gave us a quick driving tour of the University, although sadly we didnt have time to see Monticello – Jefferson’s house. If we had had the time that’s something that I definitely would have liked to have seen!

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta


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