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From Our Perspective

A collection of our photography, travels, explorations, and experiences. In photographic form.

Charlottesville, VA

So, this blog is a place for us to share our adventures with you. And while every event we shoot is an adventure in its own way, we've been slacking when it comes to blogging our travels. We plan on blogging more of our travel once we get through all of the images we need to edit, but for now enjoy this short trip to Charlottesville, VA.

When we did some Googling and asking around, there were three things that we were told we must visit: Main Street, Monticello, and UVA. With all due respect to all you UVA fans, we just weren't terribly interested in visiting a college campus (as beautiful as it may be). So we did the other two.

We arrived Saturday afternoon, checked-in, unpacked, and headed over to Main St. We were greeted with a permanent chalk board that everyone walking through can write on. We were off to a good start, and eclectic would be the theme for Main St. We stopped by trays of bracelets, rings, and scarves. We visited stores selling mounted animal heads, rare books, and all kinds of hand-made items. And when we finally got hungry, Himalayan Fusion is what we decided to try. The food was excellent, although what really stuck out as unique was the wall art. Created by a local artist, every wall was decorated.

We also found a hidden gazebo behind our hotel. So we obviously had to stop and take goofy pictures. It was mandatory.

Sunday morning we slept in a bit, but we had a lot more to see. First thing, of course, is finding some nourishment. Yelp told us that the best place for brunch was Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. So we plugged in the address and started driving. With just .2 miles to go, we found ourselves in a suburban neighborhood, but we were hungry enough at this point to knock on someone's door and ask if we could join them for breakfast. We found the place, and it really is in the middle of a neighborhood. The Brisket Biscuit and Chicken & Waffles were both excellent.

Next stop? Monticello of course! How could we not go and explore Thomas Jefferson's home? Our first impression was that it's really not that big at all. By modern standards, it would be a large, but not ridiculously so, house. What was really fascinating to us, were all of the little inventions Thomas Jefferson had inserted into the house. From a wine conveyor that brought bottles of wine from the cellar to a hidden compartment behind a fireplace, to clever pulley systems that would close both sides of a door when you closed one. 

The views were spectacular. Did you know that Monticello means "little mountain"? 

And finally, our drive home up Skyline Drive. If you've never been through Shenandoah National Park and/or driven along Skyline Drive, you have to do both. You won't regret it!

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