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Albemarle County

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  • Day19

    Auf den Pfaden von Thomas Jefferson

    September 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Nach einer Nacht von Charlottesville besuchten wir heute das Haus von Thomas Jefferson, dem 3. Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten und Autor der Amerikanischen Unabhängigkeitserklärung.

    Das Haupthaus von Monticello ist seit 1938 auf der Rückseite der amerikanischen 5-Cent Münze.

    Der Gang durch die altehrwürdigen Gebäude und durch die vielen verschiedenen Gärten und Gemüsefelder war für uns ein absoluter Genuss. Irgendwie fühlte man sich dem Präsidenten ganz nahe.
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  • Day4

    Fotos aus dem National Park

    May 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Ich bin um 16:45 bei der ersten Station gewesen.
    Und was soll ich sagen , ich bin jetzt im 20:45 immer noch in dem Park.
    Doch das Ende ist noch nicht nah.

    Mittlerweile ist es sehr dunkel und man muss sehr aufpassen, da hier viele Rehe unterwegs sind.Read more

    Isa Koch

    Bist du sicher.dass du in Amerika und nickt im Pfälzer Wald bist...🤣🙈könnte man gerade meinen bei dem Foto

    5/9/18Reply
    Isa Koch

    Voll schön

    5/9/18Reply
    Kirsten H.

    😁😁😁 doch , ich glaube ich bin in Amerika 😂😂

    5/9/18Reply
    Kirsten H.

    😘

    5/9/18Reply
     
  • Day52

    Day 52 - Don't Marry A Blockhead

    October 29, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    More history today. Virginia is home to a large number of previous Presidents, particularly before the Civil War, and probably one of the most famous is Thomas Jefferson. His grand retirement home is called Monticello and that's where Alice, Melissa, Liam and I were going.

    It took a while to find parking but once in the site and a short bus journey to the top of the 'savage mountain' (as it was later referred to) we were at the house. There were a few smaller cabins and other buildings that we looked around whilst waiting for our timed entrance to the main house. A couple in particular stood out, and they were the slave quarters. The literature inside stressed that Jefferson treated his slaves better than most and however accurate the description, it doesn't soften the jarring realisation that Jefferson owned slaves. From the first President until 1850, only two were not slave owners, both of them named John Adams. The existence of both the Bill of Rights and the enterprise of slavery, or 'the paradox' as it is referred to, has been openly addressed in all the museums, houses and places of historical interest that we have visited. It is welcoming as a visitor to see that both sides of this paradox are explored and explained and I have left wanting to learn a great deal more.

    At 2pm we entered the main house in a small tour group. The tour guide was informative and jovial and pointed out all the contraptions and other inventions that Jefferson created as we moved through the rooms. In one of the rooms the tour guide mentioned that Jefferson's wife had said to her children that they had a one in thirteen chance of marrying a blockhead. By chance, blockhead had been Liam's favourite naughty word and when he heard it he looked up at Melissa, surprised and pleased to have heard someone else say it. It was pretty funny, made all the more so when someone is busily talking to a group of people listening intently.

    Towards the end of the tour we walked out into the garden and looked back at the house and its unusual dome feature. The tour guide mentioned that this view of the house can be seen on the older style nickel coins. The tour was very interesting and the whole Monticello experience was another fascinating look into American history. On the drive home we had a look around Charlottesville, another pretty Southern style town.

    In the evening I was I introduced to 'dirty rice' which is mince with rice that Alice and I enjoyed so much we kept going back for more. The evening involved more chatting and relaxing.

    Song of the Day:
    Martina McBride - Independence Day (Melissa's choice)
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    Jan Kitto Burke

    I can just see Alice cracking up over the 'blockhead' thing!!

    11/4/16Reply
    Melissa Kitto

    Hehe you forgot to mention doing so well with your uncle duties when Liam had a little accident! xo

    11/5/16Reply
     
  • Day10

    Monticello

    October 28, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Third and final World Heritage site here in the north-east. Packed up and headed off, but had a disaster getting out of Washington. The airport where we were picking up our rental car is miles out of town and not very well connected, so we got a train into the city and waited for a bus. And waited. And waited. Eventually someone else waiting called up and was told that the airport bus was leaving from a totally different place on the other end of the city, because there was a marathon event happening (it was a Sunday morning, after all).

    So we traipsed over there, eventually managed to find the bus stop and waited again. Still no bus. Eventually we got a Lyft (similar to Uber) out to the airport, which again took ages because of traffic from the marathon. Shared our ride with a Korean guy who was trying to get to the airport as well, so thankfully the cost wasn't too bad. And the driver was a lot of fun too - very chatty guy.

    Made it to the airport with one minute to spare - original plan had us arriving at 9:30 for a 10am car pickup. We made it at 10:59! Usually if you don't arrive within an hour (and you're not on a delayed flight), they call it a no-show and you have to rebook at the day rate which would be way more expensive.

    Finally with our car, we drove south west into Virginia towards Monticello, the plantation home of Thomas Jefferson. He was probably the most important or second-most important of the founding fathers, as he wrote the Declaration of Independence, and while President he organised the Louisiana Purchase which essentially doubled the US's territory. Was interesting to see his home which he'd designed personally, though again we were a bit rushed for time because we were so late getting out there.

    We also stopped by the University of Virginia which Jefferson had also founded, believing that education was the key to a democratic society. He was probably right, given what we see these days!

    Drove back to Washington DC where we had a Motel 6 booked about 20 minutes from the airport. Early flight tomorrow so it'll be an early start!
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  • Day11

    Upper und Lower Doyles Falls

    June 1 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Weiter ging es zu zwei anderen kleinen Wasserfällen. Jetzt Anfang Juni sieht keiner mehr so spektakulär aus, aber der Weg zu den Fällen war trotzdem schön. Wir haben geschwitzt und auch etwas geflucht, aber am Abend am Lagerfeuer haben wir über die schöne Landschaft geschwärmt. Auf dem Rückweg haben wir nur kurz an ein paar Aussichtspunkten gehalten und die Sicht auf die Berge genossen. Den Abend haben wir mit Wein am Lagerfeuer ausklingen lassen.Read more

  • Day11

    Jones Falls Wanderung

    June 1 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Das war anstrengend!! Wir sind heute über 18 km gelaufen. Wir hatten uns eine Wanderung zu drei Wasserfällen rausgesucht. Dafür mussten wir zuerst bergab, um zu den Fällen zu gelangen und dann wieder bergauf, um zurück zum Auto zu kommen. Wir sind zeitig los und der erste Wasserfall war Jones Falls. Unterwegs gab's jede Menge schöne Natur zu sehen.Read more

    Katharina Hohmann

    Ist das wieder der Wasserfall? 😂

    6/21/21Reply
    Katharina Hohmann

    Ah, das ist schon spektakulärer

    6/21/21Reply
     
  • Day10

    Umzug

    May 31 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Heute ging es weiter in den nächsten Nationalpark. Wir sind ca. 345 Meilen von der Küste North Carolinas in die Berge nach Virginia gefahren. Die nächste Woche werden wir im Shenandoah National Park verbringen. Heute haben wir nur aufgebaut, Essen gekocht, uns ein paar der Stellplätze hier angesehen und geduscht. Dann wurde etwas Ordnung gemacht und jetzt ist's Zeit fürs Bett.Read more

  • Day6

    Farm Bell Kitchen

    November 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Delicious brunch at this restaurant which is part of the Dinsmore House inn.

    “The Dinsmore Boutique Inn takes its name from the home’s architect and builder, James Dinsmore. Perhaps no other person had as much of a hand in shaping the famous presidential homes of Virginia, and the University of Virginia than Dinsmore. This house is a standing testament to his craftsmanship and legacy. “Read more

  • Day4

    Monticello

    November 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Sunny, beautiful, brisk day for our visit. Great tour guides for our tour of the house as well as for the “Slavery at Monticello” tour. Big change from my last visit. They were definitely not sugar coating the fact that Jefferson owned 600 slaves over the course of his life and only freed 6 upon his death.

    In contrast George Washington freed all his slaves upon his death, and at some point during his lifetime as he became more enlightened, he refused to purchase any more.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Albemarle County, مقاطعة ألبمارل, Албемарл, আলবেমার্লে কাউন্টি, Condado de Albemarle, Albemarle konderria, شهرستان البمارل، ویرجینیا, Comté d'Albemarle, Albemarle megye, Contea di Albemarle, アルベマール郡, Konteth Albemarle, Albemarle Kūn, Hrabstwo Albemarle, Comitatul Albemarle, Округ Албемарл, البیمارل کاؤنٹی، ورجینیا, Quận Albemarle, Condado han Albemarle, 阿爾伯馬爾縣