Monday, November 23, 2009

Virginia Trip - Day Two/Part One

As I said in the previous post, we were on the road at 8am to make the last leg of our trip to Crozet.  It was a beautiful morning for a drive.  I totally enjoyed the entire trip, the scenery was beautiful. I didn't really take photos on the drive down.. .I would have loved to spend the whole day stopping and exploring all the old farms, vineyards, etc.

Shortly after 10 we arrived at the Barredo's.  It was so good to see our friends after 2 1/2 years.  I can't speak for them, but it felt almost like no time has passed.  Their home is beautiful (I forgot to take a picture of that too!)
Before too long we headed out for lunch at a brand new little Italian restaurant.  We had great pizza and pasta.
This is Tristan - not the greatest photos since he was in front of the big window!  That's a Play Doh turkey leg he created (or was it an ice cream cone?)

The goof balls... these two girls can act so goofy sometimes!  I told them to act like they liked each other at least a little!

After a great lunch, we headed to Monticello.  I had forgotten that it was in the general area when we planned the trip.  I was grateful to the Barredo's for agreeing to take a ride over there!  I had been to Monticello before, over 20 years ago, but I didn't remember much!
Thomas Jefferson was a pretty amazing man.  Some day I will have to do a post on him.  There was no indoor photography in Monticello.  My shutter finger was in spasm the entire time!  All of the artifacts were awesome, but some of the most beautiful pictures to me were those that looked OUT the amazing windows.
The visitors center at Monticello is brand new, and beautiful.  They have a movie which we did not watch, and an awesome gift shop. 

From here you can take a shuttle bus or walk up the hill to the house.  We choose to take the bus.  There is an admission (no sure what our wonderful hosts paid this for us), and you are given a time to enter the house for the guided tour.  We had a few minutes to wonder before Barbara, the girls and I went on the tour.  It's not the best place for an energetic 5 yr old, so Joel and Tristan stayed outside!

Since this is getting long, I will share photos of Monticello itself in the next post!


Matty said...

You're a good tour guide. I feel like I'm along for the ride.

I've been wanting to visit Monticello for forever. I have literature I sent away for and got from them, but I've never pulled the trigger and made the plans. I love historical places, especially presidential homes.

Intense Guy said...

Matty better pull the trigger and go!! It's well worth the trip!

I really like that orange sweatshirt - it makes the picture of TJ light up!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures, as always!