My Trip to Virginia

Cold.

Oh dear gods was it cold.

Have I mentioned I’m a Florida girl? We don’t do well in 15 degrees.

Asides from that, this last minute trip was a blast! My friend called me two weeks prior and invited me along. We started off visiting the Edgar Allen Poe Museum. There we saw tons of original artifacts and work as well as a piece of Poe’s hair.

 

Love the brick houses!

Love the brick houses!

The Gift Shop

The Gift Shop

The gardens.

The gardens.

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Turns out Poe was quite the snarky little dude perfectly willing to share his opinions, my friend suggested that it would be fun to see what he would have had to say about current literary fads such as Twilight.  Nothing flattering, I predict!

Friday saw us back in Williamsburg, this time to wander the shops just outside the historical section. The weather had warmed up slightly and the sun was out (still cold though) making the shopping extremely pleasant.

Everyone needs a six foot bear in a kilt. (The Scottish Imports store outside of Historical Williamsburg)

Everyone needs a six foot bear in a kilt. (The Scottish Imports store outside of Historical Williamsburg)

The last stop on our trip was Mount Vernon, the gorgeous estate of the Washington Family. No pictures were allowed inside the mansion but there were plenty of interesting things on the grounds.

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Gorgeous view from the slaves memorial.

Gorgeous view from the slaves memorial.

Washington's New Tomb, along side his wife.

Washington’s New Tomb, along side his wife.

Washington's old tomb from which he was moved in the 1830's, I believe.

Washington’s old tomb from which he was moved in the 1830’s, I believe.

 

Variouss staff quarters.

various staff quarters.

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Mount Vernon. Undergoing a little restoration.

 Undergoing a little restoration.

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The Ptomac. This is the front yard view.

The Potomac. This is the front yard view.

Washington's Tomb.

Washington’s Tomb.

 Posting will be limited until after St. Patrick’s Day, I’m making new costumes for our school and with about three weeks left I’m going to be working my butt off. I haven’t even started because the fabric is not here yet. This is where I try to remain calm and not freak out-with limited success. Wish me luck.

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Titanic Exhibit

I figured I would save my review of the South Florida Science Museum’s Titanic Artifact Exhibit for April 14.  Having been a Titanic enthusiast for as long as I can remember, (well before I saw the movie, thank you very much) I truly enjoyed the exhibit. For the protection of the delicate artifacts, we could not use a camera but I’ve found several pictures online from the exhibit.

An exhibit to remember

 Above is their recreation of a first class room.

And the third class.

As a note of interest to South Florida natives, they had a small exhibit on Madeleine Astor and John Ryerson, Titanic survivors who lived and died in Palm Beach.

And, of course, they had a gift shop.

My mom bought herself a gorgeous tea cup. They had replicas from all classes but we thought the third class ones were the prettiest.

Replica of a third class tea cup and saucer.

Replica of a third class tea cup and saucer.

 

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My loot. The book is very enjoyable, not quite the in-depth research I was hoping for but it has a lot of first-hand anecdotes that really let you look into the individual stories that make this event so memorable. 

And this little oddity, a tooth paste holder. It’s hard to envision tooth paste coming any differently then what we know now. Apparently, they found so many of these jars in the wreck that experts think they were provided in bulk by the ship. This jar, a replica of the ones displayed in the exhibit, is advertising itself as cherry flavored. Ewwwwwww.

 

Tooth paste holder.

Tooth paste holder.

 As an Irish Dancer, I was tickled when I walked into the first corridor of the exhibit and found that they were playing the Countess Cathleen slip jig from Riverdance. It actually fit the beginning of the exhibit very well, so hopeful and lively.

Colonial Williamsburg, December 2013

In December I had the good fortune to visit Colonial Williamsburg with my best friend. This is a place I’ve wanted to visit ever since I was little and read the American Girls Felicity series (it was my favorite).  This trip also included a dazzling experience for me, my first snow!  Having lived in South Florida for my whole life, I had never before seen snow. We stopped at Arlington cemetery before CW and wandering the grounds while snow fell was utterly magical.

     I also discovered something. Snow is COLD. Yes, this isn’t exactly the discovery of the century but until then I simply did not understand exactly what cold meant. (I usually consider 60 degrees to be cold) 

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By the time we got to Williamsburg, it was a few degrees above freezing and raining. Sadly, it stayed that way for our entire visit but we made the most of it. We arrived just in time to witness the Grand Illumination firework show.

It was cold and wet and gray, and I am not a particularly good photographer but here are some of my favorites.

Maze behind the Governor's house.

Maze behind the Governor’s house.

We had way to much fun in this maze. After taking this shot we discovered the hill we were standing on was actually the buttery. Or possibly a zombie apocalypse bunker. (Below)

Georgian Zombie Attack Bunker.

Georgian Zombie Attack Bunker.

 

Back view of the Governor's Mansion.

Back view of the Governor’s Mansion.

Random graveyard

Random graveyard

 

The Magazine.

The Magazine.

The front hall of the Governor's Mansion.

The front hall of the Governor’s Mansion.

The entire front hall was covered with weapons, all positioned and entwined like the baskethilts above. I may have been taking decorating notes.

Carriage in the stables.

Carriage in the stables.

Inside the Courthouse.

Inside the Courthouse.

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The Millinery shop!

The Millinery shop!

 

 

The Gaol

The Gaol

 Unfortunately, our trip was short and I know we missed lots. I guess that just means I’ll have to go back before too long! (In summer)