"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

July 22, 2011

July 21 – Norfolk, VA

Day 125 – Record Heat & Art
Waterside Marina

We have traveled the last nine days…so it was nice this morning to sleep late and relax. The weather forecast for today was for record breaking heat in this area, so we looked for something we could do inside. We decided on the Chrysler Museum of Art. We rode our bikes along the water and through part of the historic district to the museum.

We went by the Town Point Park where they are having a jazz festival this weekend and by the Armed Forces Memorial. The memorial was very unique…it’s a 160-foot monument with 20 bronze cast letters scattered across the base of a flagpole. The letters are actual letters cast in bronze written by members of the Armed Forces who never returned from war. The memorial is dedicated to veterans of American conflicts from the Revolutionary to Persian Gulf War. From there we rode by the Nauticus Museum and the Battle Ship Wisconsin. We are going to see both of them tomorrow.

The Chrysler Museum was very nice and we both were impressed with the quality of art they had on display. My favorite parts were the Contemporary Glass and the Cameo Glass. It was very interesting learning how cameo glass is made, it really made me appreciate it even more. I think if I had the space and the money I would enjoy collecting contemporary glass, we have seen a lot of impressive pieces on this trip. We had lunch in their café and enjoyed being inside. We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening on the boat…with the AC running full blast.

Armed Forces Memorial
Chrysler Museum of Art
The entry hall of the museum
Digital Art display...that is us
One of the beautiful pieces of cameo glass
American Sculptures
Tiffany Glass display
Our wonderful weather today!

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