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The Capitol (House of Burgesses)
Late September and time for a fall road trip. With Drew and Julia both at university, this was the first trip for just Susan and I in a long time. We decided to do a trip along the Eastern Shore--the parts of Virginia and Maryland on the far side of the Chesapeake Bay.  To get there, we first headed for Tidewater Virginia to spend a few days in Williamsburg and Yorktown before driving the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

With school in session, traffic was light along I-95 and I-64 and we made the 150 mile trip to Williamsburg in 2 1/2 hours. We  arrvied in time for lunch at one of our favorites, Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que.
Clock tower on The Capitol
Pierce's barbecue never disappoints!

After lunch it was time for a stroll through the Colonial Williamsburg historic area. I always enjoy taking photos of Colonial Wiliamsburg and never tire of capturing the structures anew or seeking fresh angles of familar buildings and subjects. I find I am more interested now than I used to be in taking photos of the costumed reenactors who lend atmosphere to the historic area. Many will stop and pose for you. Others you have to catch candidly. (Some don't like it if you are not a Colonial Williamsburg ticket holder.) The challenge is to try to get photos of the reenactors without including the many visitors in modern dress! I liked capturing the ox cart driver and his oxen this time.

There seemed to be lot of the horse-drawn rides out and about this afternoon. (You can ride around the historic district in a colonial style carriage or wagon.) "The blue wagon is leaving" went one call for ticket holders--like it was a metro!

As I was taking photos, the realization dawned on me that I had forgotten to pack my camera's battery charger! Clearly a potential disaster. (How had I overlooked that while remembering the cell phone and iPod chargers?)  Fortunately, we found a Ritz Camera nearby that stocked compatible battery chargers. Disaster averted.

We enjoyed dinner at Food for Thought.
ik-ben-10eke says:
I found out I do like re-enactment groups a lot!
Posted on: Mar 08, 2010
Vlindeke says:
I see that I should visit Virginia :-)
Posted on: Oct 22, 2009
Petra2111 says:
Hi Andrew, congrats on your featured blog!! Great one and lovely pictures!!!
Posted on: Oct 12, 2009
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The Capitol (House of Burgesses)
The Capitol (House of Burgesses)
Clock tower on The Capitol
Clock tower on The Capitol
Reenenactor at The Capitol
Reenenactor at The Capitol
Clerks Office
Clerk's Office
Presbyterian Meeting House
Presbyterian Meeting House
Garden arcade
Garden arcade
Millinery shop
Millinery shop
Hats on display
Hats on display
Passing the time of day
Passing the time of day
Governors carriage at the Peyton …
Governor's carriage at the Peyton…
Peyton Randolph House
Peyton Randolph House
St. George Tucker House
St. George Tucker House
Governors Palace
Governor's Palace
Dancing lesson on the Palace Green
Dancing lesson on the Palace Green
Deep subject
Deep subject
Well at Elkanah Deane House
Well at Elkanah Deane House
Barricades by the Powder Magazine
Barricades by the Powder Magazine
Ox cart reenactor
Ox cart reenactor
Bird bottles
Bird bottles
Weavers shop
Weaver's shop
Reenactor at the Weavers shop
Reenactor at the Weaver's shop
Chownings Tavern
Chowning's Tavern
Those Colonial costumes turn up ev…
Those Colonial costumes turn up e…
Williamsburg Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Going Nuts in Williamsburg
Peanuts have been cultivated in Virginia since the mid-19th Century and Virginia Peanuts continue to be widely grown today. If you like peanuts, The P… read entire review
Williamsburg Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
I thought For for Thought was very good
Susan and I had heard good things about Food for Thought and decided to try it on this trip. We weren't disappointed. Food for Thought has an eclec… read entire review
Williamsburg Hotels & Accommodations review
Great value near the historic area
We found the Fairfield Inn (a Marriott hotel) to be an excellent value in Williamsburg. The mid-rise hotel is near both the historic area and downtown… read entire review
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