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First of all, it's pronounced Loo-is. Not Lewes like Crews. Only people who think they're cool but aren't say Lewes like Crews.

Second of all, Lewes is quite old. I don't really know how old. The Dutch settled here. Theres a Zwaanendael Museum (pronounced moo-ze-um) with lots of old stuff and a church graveyard with lots of people who died after pretty short lives. Pretty houses. One house still has a canonball stuck in the foundation from the war of 1812. Great ice cream store across from the graveyard and cool Hotel Rodney.

We're staying at 203 Midland, a rental house a block from the bay beach. Artists own this house and their paintings are on the wall and are very nice. It's a short drive or 20 minute bike ride from here to the ocean beach at cape henlopen state park. A day pass there costs $8, an annual pass $24. The park is an old military base. Beautiful beaches, dunes, hiking and biking trails.

There are neighborhoods in Lewes that feel just like summer is supposed to feel. Small cottages with porches and screens and it feels good to be inside in the afternoon, in the shade, with the windows open for breezes, and wander down to the beach later when it's not so hot.

Brother, sil, dw, ds#2 and I are here for a week. We let brother and sil take the brand new suite on the second floor. We took smaller bedrooms on first floor. We're very nice.

We went to Rehoboth for dinner, biked to Rehoboth on the something-junction bike trail, went kayaking on the bay, went to cafe azafran in lewes for dinner, cooked at home, biked to cape henlopen, dropped the teenager off with friends in bethany, and every morning went for a swim in the bay before breakfast. I still want to play tennis at the public courts in town, have pizza at Half Full, and kayak on the rehoboth-lewes canal.

Saturday we leave for one night at an inn in Chestertown Md, then home.

I really like summer.

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