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Quito on Speed Tour: Give It More Time

Courtyard in Quito, Ecuador
Beauty in Quito is more than street deep. We stumbled across this courtyard off of one of its busy streets in Old Town.

We were just passing through on our way to the Galápagos Islands. We had booked two nights in Quito, Ecuador, to avoid any chance of missing our ship in case of plane delays.

What a mistake it would have been to not have given this city its due touring time. If you’re heading to Galápagos, intentionally pass through Quito and plan to spend a few nights there.

Appomattox 150 Years Later

Civil War Reenactment at Appomattox National History Park
Civil War re-enactors set up camp in Appomattox, Virginia, for the 150th anniversary of the Confederacy’s surrender.

When we pulled up to the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, we didn’t expect to be waved on to shuttle parking. Little did we know we had arrived one day shy of the 150th anniversary of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

You’d think we would have considered that as we planned our Civil War tour across Virginia. Nope. Serendipity led us here.

Spend the Night in Julia Child’s Room

Black truffle shaved over popcorn at The Inn at Little Washington
The Inn at Little Washington offers many novelties including black truffles shaved over popcorn to kick off its six-course tasting menu.

It’s a dash of proper English sprinkled with a touch of French color and finished off with pure sumptuousness.

Welcome to The Inn at Little Washington. Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, we found the country inn smack dab in the picturesque town of Washington, Virginia. It served as the perfect stopover during our Civil War road trip.