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City of Charlottesville

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  • 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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  • Day3

    Monticello

    May 26 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    We spent Memorial Day weekend at Waynesboro, VA 340 North Campground. BBQ and live country music! Today we toured Monticello in Charlottesville. Beautiful setting and so much history.

  • Day3

    A. Smith Bowman Distillery

    November 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    En route to Charlottesville, we stopped in Fredericksburg for a distillery tour. Learned a few things we hadn’t learned while traveling the bourbon trail. This distillery stores their barrels on end, so that more surface is exposed to the charred barrel as evaporation occurs. Also, we learned that Kentucky and Virginia are great locations for distilleries because of the opposing high and low pressure systems that move through the area. The high pressure systems force the alcohol into the charred barrels and the low pressure systems pull it back out with all the tasty goodness they’ve gotten from the barrel. They do a variety of experimental liquors. When they’re gone, they’re gone. They distill bourbon as well as vodka, gin and rum. Hoping we can locate some at home since they were unable to ship and our luggage is too full to tuck in bottles.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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  • Day5

    Charlottesville Downtown Mall

    November 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    A section of downtown Charlottesville closed off for street traffic. Restaurants, bars music venues and street performers galore.

You might also know this place by the following names:

City of Charlottesville, Ville de Charlottesville

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