Colonial Williamsburg

Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
Trip End Aug 23, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Virginia
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Jacob got up as usual, at 5:30, unfortunately there is no where within walking vicinity which one can get a cup of coffee that early (before 9:00).  We figured we'll eat breakfast somewhere on the way Colonial Williamsburg, which didn't work out.  This was one time were we did very little preparation except the "let's go there" plan, we found out that it's very difficult to find parking anywhere near the colonial part of Williamsburg, so off to the visitor's center we went where we found out all the prices, etc.  what they forgot to tell us is that you really don't need tickets to get into the city or to view the "shows", but only to get into the buildings (extra for the Governor's Mansion).  Again, not their fault just our lack of preparation. 
Colonial Williamsburg was nice, we didn't think it really was worth the price, but I'm sure that if our kids were school age we might have changed our minds and worked around the site's schedule.  We walked all over, had breakfast at Aroma, cheap & tastes like it (plus loads of flies - if our children weren't starving we wouldn't have stopped), and bought some chocolate covered peanuts at The Peanut Shop, expensive & tastes like it.  We spent the day walking around Colonial Williamsburg, checking out some of the old buildings, gardens and the Governor's Mansion (worth the extra money), we also spent an extra $12.50 each (minus our son) for a 15 minutes carriage ride which we enjoyed, but our coachman wasn't very talkative (not a word from beginning to end); our daughter though had a blast.
We walked back to the visitor's center, bought a magnate and some postcards that our daughter could send her friends.  Both kids were asleep by the time we pulled out on the road from the parking lot, so we decided to go shopping - save ourselves some money instead of eating out every night. 

Our first lesson was that "deli" has a completely different meaning than what we know it as - the definition of deli in Virginia is "a liquor store with some chips", our second lesson: "bottom dollar" is not a dollar store but a supermarket.

We ate at a local place (around $60) and had dessert at the local Ben & Jerry's.
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