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Random Photo: Colonial Williamsburg Christmas

There is a subtle elegance on how Colonial Williamsburg is decorated during the holidays. It is spare and always items that where you find nature. It teaches you to be festive without overdoing it.

Off to Williamsburg

Long drives are not my favorite task in the world. The idea of sitting down for long periods of time on a car is not my idea of fun. Although, I am not usually the one on the wheel makes it worse since I am idle sitting down and bored to death. My husband on the other hand is so used to this kind of travel. He grew up travelling the country on wheels. It is not unusual for them to pack and drive from New Jersey to California about a couple times a year. To give you a time frame how far is California from where we live is it usually takes about a week to get to California assuming you are driving on an average of 8-10 hours per day non stop.

Yes, it does sound like a lifetime.

So last summer, the only way hubby convinced me to pack up the car and drive south was the promise that we will take our time on the road. It meant that we can stop as often as we like and detour to the nearest town if we (mostly I) felt like it. He gave the plan for the rest of the week as driving 8 hours to Williamsburg, Virginia and after a couple of days head further south about another 8 hours to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since there was a promise of staying within the vicinity of the beach, he knew he had me at hello.

The drive to Virginia was a breeze. We stayed on a one bedroom timeshare resort located about 10 minutes away from Colonial Williamsburg. Our room was decorated with faux colonial furniture with a small kitchen sink, safe to say that it has nothing to write home about. At least the outside facilities is adequate enough that it is designed with kids in mind.

We were at the first floor. 

The House on the Mountain

The only way Joe was able to convince me on going for a long drive to Orlando was to stop by Charlottesville, Virginia to visit the Monticello. It is known as Thomas Jefferson's masterpiece. He was one of the most influential people in American history having the one to draft the Declaration of Independence and the Louisiana Purchase and the founder of University of Virginia.

After serving as the 3rd President of the United States, he chose to retire in Virginia in a great mountaintop mansion that he designed and built. Monticello was originally designed following the English Georgian style till he came back from Europe. He completely changed the whole structure and followed the Neo-classical style which is popular during 16th century France and Italy.

After Jefferson's death, the estate was inherited by his daughter Martha whom sold it to a U.S. Navy officer till it was purchased back by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation.

The Monticello is open to the public, it now serves as a museum.

The plantation garden.