On one of our days off, we headed to Charleston, WV so Dave could get his new retired military ID card. We are so used to ID offices located on big military bases, and they are in big buildings. Well, this one is located in what used to be the garage of a house across from some National Guard buildings! No matter - mission accomplished.
So we headed in to downtown Charleston to do a little sight-seeing. A must-see is the beautiful capitol building. The magnificent 293-foot gold dome which tops the capitol building is five feet higher than the dome of the U.S. Capitol. The entire dome is gilded in 23 ½ karat gold leaf applied to the copper and lead roof in tiny 3 3/8 inch squares. Needless to say, it is beautiful; especially so when the sun shines down on it.
Then we headed to Capitol Market which started out over 100 years ago as a rail yard for the Kanawha and Michigan rail line. It has an outdoor farmer's market and inside are small shops where you can buy fresh herbs and spices, nuts, a variety of breads, flours and pickles, a butcher shop, books, wines and chocolates, and a lovely restaurant. Just a nice place to spend a lazy afternoon browsing and perhaps bringing home some fresh foods for dinner.