Virginia is for Lovers: of sunsets...

Virginia Beach Travel Blog

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It feels good to be able to sleep in today, and I wish that I could snuggle longer under the fluffiest comforter.  However, we have to get up from the bed and start getting ready.  Today is our last day in Washington DC, and we would travel to Virginia Beach via the Greyhound Bus.  Since this trip is going to be long, I planned for us to have breakfast before heading on to the Union Station, where we'll catch our bus.  However, when I checked our itinerary, I found out that our bus would leave in an hour!  Missing out breakfast, I hurriedly asked the receptionist staff to call a cab for us.  Thanks to the staff, I heard that she even had to prompt the driver to arrive as quickly as possible because guests are in a rush!  Well, in less than five minutes, a fast moving car came.

Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
  Right after the driver loaded our stuff in the trunk, he accelerated the engine like the way inflation takes place!  Anyhow, we arrived at the Union Station, and the driver stopped his vehicle at the designated drop off zone.  He was a cool old fellow and even suggested some must-see places in Virginia Beach. 

We walked toward the uncomplicated Union Station and followed the signs to get to the Greyhound busses platform.  After some time, our bus left and with a few encounters of traffic-jammed along some parts of Interstate 95 N and the changed of a bus in Richmond, VA (where we grabbed some bite to eat) we hit our destination!  By the way, those who need to know, Greyhound offers a cheaper bus fare than Amtrak does.

Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
  Although in my opinion, Greyhound is less swanky if I may put it that way.  But if not bothered about mingling with the masses, this transportation will do its purpose -- transport you to your destination!  So, overall, our trip went just fine!  Now, as far as the distance between the two cities DC and Virginia Beach, it depends on the mode of transportation.  By bus, it usually would take about six hours and should be half lesser than that if you are driving a car.  For more information about the Greyhound Bus, please visit their website. 

Upon arriving at the bus station in Norfolk, VA, my (second...I have three brothers) brother and his two children were there to picked up and welcomed us.

Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
  We were all very excited to see each other since it has been ages since the last time we got together.  The thing here in the U.S. is -- it's so big that even though we are in the same country, it is not that easy to come together as families.  Besides the thousands of miles away distances, there is the financial aspect to consider.  Unlike, in Europe, it is possible to travel from the East to the Western part for less than a hundred euros.  Over here, it is different.  An R/T airfare cost for one person alone for a trip to the East Coast from where I live could buy already an airline ticket to Oslo, Norway!

Going back to my brother and his two kids -- we missed them a lot!  My nephew, Tots, was only eight-month-old the last time I saw him.  Now, he is a hyperactive seven-year-old handsome boy!  My niece too has turned more reserved compared to the chatty two-year-old girl who liked to sit on my lap seven years ago!  By the way, my niece Iendra and nephew Tots are both bilingual!  They can speak both the Tagalog and English language fluently!  With accents and all to both language!  After the kisses and tight huggings, we hopped into my brother's vehicle and drove straight to a Chinese buffet restaurant.

my brother and my son catching some blue crabs...
  I forgot the name of the restaurant, but they have varied and numerous food/menu selections!  Their seafood, which I filled my plate to not just seconds but "thirds or fourths" are fantastic! 

Following our late lunch was our checked into the Red Carpet Inn (review below.)  My son and I stayed to rest for a while, but my daughter went with her uncle and cousins to their house.  Salve have longed the chances to hang out with cousins, so in this visit, her goal was to spend as much time as she could with her cousins.  I hadn't taken much time to rest when my brother came back to picked us up for "crabbing."  We drove to a coastal area of the town where my brother taught my son how to catch crabs using baits.  My brother had prepared some chicken legs and attached to a line to drag the crab inside.

Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
  He also taught my son other tips on how to get the meaty crabs.  More than the number of catches and the thrill of hooking in these little creatures that twilight time, it was watching my brother and son working together was the real delightful treat -- a very rare occasion when they could bond as nephew and uncle.

Before I end this journal, have I mentioned yet that the sundown in Virginia Beach is one of the most (if not the most) stunning sunset colors there is one can marvel!?!  It is a heavenly sight put in front of the rest of the sunset lovers and me.  And as it peeked through the horizon saying goodbye to this Virginia Beach sand bed, it also is giving a gift of pure peace and serenity.  While my feet held into the grainy sand and the smell of salt invading my nostrils my worn out, body released.

Virginia is for lovers...lovers of sunsets!
  In less than an hour, we have a bucket full of crabs already!  Wow, what a catch we've had!  We drove back to my brother's house and dunked the still crawling creatures in a large pot.  A few minutes later, I was feasting like crazy on these fresh caught crabs by my brother and son!  ~

 

joseph98 says:
These sunset pictures are beautiful...
Posted on: May 17, 2017
cotton_foam says:
Hi, Fergy!
Thank you for checking out this blog! You should try -- it is fun! And of course, the best part is eating fresh-caught crabs! The combined taste of sweetness and saltiness is just fantastic! :)
Posted on: May 13, 2017
planxty says:
Great review and very worthy of being featured.

I love the idea of crabbing although I have never done it myself.
Posted on: May 12, 2017
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the cover photo
the cover photo
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
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my brother and my son catching so…
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
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Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
Virginia is for lovers...of sunset!
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Virginia Beach Hotels & Accommodations review
not bad...
If not for the strong smoke odor, it could have been a perfect lodging for my teenagers and me. Especially, it is only a few steps away to/from my br… read entire review