Winchester: “Far enough South to be legal”

By | June 25, 2011

“Yep, we were far enough South to be legal,” came the response when musing with a local in the mall at the outdoor movies on a sultry summer night in Winchester, Virginia, which changed hands well over sixty times during the civil war.

Restaurants with outdoor seating and galleries along the mall provide a setting for a mobile screen and locals in folding chairs as we settle in to an Italian style restaurant to marvel at the size of the portions and figure that we’d better share a dish in future!

We are pleasantly surprised to hear a young guy busking with an acoustic version of  ‘Lisztomania‘ by Phoenix, while families stroll by enjoying the balmy summer twilight.

The movies are shown on a screen which stands in front of the old 1840s CourtHouse which was converted for use as a Prisoner of War jail during the war.  Across the street, local artist Eugene Smith talks with us about his beautiful paintings of the area and landscapes of the Shenandoah, ‘you rolling river..’

We head back to our hotel to get ready for a day of finding just where the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah can be seen together before we look for the chance to cycle around Washington DC.

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