Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Trip to the East - Washington D.C.

We said our final farewells to La Vallee and drove to Washington D.C.  We only had one afternoon to spend there before driving to visit our dear friends Becca and James who had offered to host us for the night.  But we made the most of the few hours we had in this wonderful city!
When in a hurry what better than a hot dog from a hot dog stand for lunch!
Just like the picture!

We visited the Museum of American History and the Museum of Natural History.  And saw a few monuments from afar.

We thoroughly enjoyed spending the evening with this lovely family.  They were so generous and welcoming.  Wish we could have stayed longer!  Beautiful Becca!
An evening stroll around their neighborhood, taco dinner, movie for the kids and the guys with a late night Wendy's run, late night talking for the girls, delicious waffles and skillet potatoes for breakfast - who could ask for anything more!
So sad to say farewell.  

Summer Trip to the East - Virginia - Colonial Williamsburg

One of the days we visited Colonial Williamsburg.  It was very interesting and fun even in the sweltering humidity and heat!
Cedar shingles.
The meat house.
A kitchen functioning as it would in the 1700s.

The basket weaver.

The jail.
The wigmaker's shop - probably our favorite place to visit!

Homemade rootbeer!
The highlight of the day was when this band of fifes and drums marched down the street.  We all started to follow them to central square for a reenactment.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Trip to the East - Virginia - Monticello

Because La Vallee is only 45 minutes from Charlottesville, we wanted to take the opportunity to visit Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson was a brilliant man - a scientist, inventor, naturalist, innovator, and of course, politician.  Monticello is filled with his inventions, his books, his collections and more.  Unfortunately, we couldn't take pictures of the inside.  These two pictures were taken on the front porch.  This compass is attached the weather vane on the roof of the home - in order to tell the direction the wind is blowing!
This clock is on the outside of the home but is connected to a large clock on the inside of the home in the entry way.

Monticello's grounds past and present are known for the great variety of flowers, trees and a very extensive vegetable garden.

The plants that Thomas Jefferson grew when he lived at Monticello were marked with these sticks that had "TJ" printed at the top.

The vegetable garden.
The kids trying to write with a real feather quill.

Exploring the replicas of Thomas Jefferson's inventions.

After visiting Monticello, we decided to stop for a traditional Southern lunch at the historic Michie Tavern.  Fried chicken, pulled pork, green beans, black-eyed peas, beets, biscuits, and mashed potatoes.  Good cookin'!
And for dessert we drove to Apple Mountain Orchard for fresh peach ice cream cones.
We also left with some peach cider donuts (to die for!) and fresh peaches for eating.
We spent the evening shopping and walking around a neat pedestrian mall in Charlottesville.