This was only my second trip to Hillwood since moving to the DC area 35 years ago and I have to wonder why it took me so long to return. We happened to go at the end of April when azaleas and dogwoods were in bloom, the gardens were stunning. Little pathways, streams and waterfalls and flowers everywhere. The house is chock full of mostly Russian art and collections and china-so much china! Marjorie Merriweather Post loved Russian history and especially Catherine the Great. I had just read the book on Catherine the Great and it made everything more meaningful for me. We did the self tour, they give you headphones, a book and a gadget to wear around your neck to access the recordings. You have to consult the book to find the number to punch into your gadget for the recording. For me, that meant I had to use my reading glasses to see the numbers in the book. Outside I was switching between sunglasses and reading glasses. Next time I will opt for the guided tour, though the recordings were well done and pointed things out to us that we would have missed without them. Parking is on site, along the side of the entry road, but the attendant finds a spot for you. It's a little tricky getting there, but their website has good directions. And of course, GPS!
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