Return to Charlottesville

Trip Start Sep 30, 2008
Trip End Oct 24, 2008

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Monday, October 13, 2008

When Ricky finally found the keys to the hire vehicle this morning the boys had an uneventful return drive to Charlottesville. We headed straight back to ACAC Abermarle Square where Ricky and Ramiah took to the basketball court and Dale toured the facility with camera in hand.
Ramiah met some local lads and continued with his basketball while Ricky thought a rest was in order and went with Dale to visit ACAC Adventure Central, a separate site about a mile from Abermarle Square. This facility has a focus on children's programs particularly after school, summer camps and birthday parties. A new development is the establishment of sports academies for basketball and lacrosse.
Later Dale talked Ricky and Ramiah into visiting Thomas Jefferson's historic house called Monticello on the outskirts of Charlottesville. The house was designed by Jefferson, the third President of the US, and commenced in 1768. Jefferson was influenced by the classical houses he visited in Paris and so he redesigned the house over the period 1796 to 1809 transforming it into a three story 21 room mansion. He was a keen gardener and the grounds reflect this passion.
On return to downtown Charlottesville we walked the University of Virginia streets and found an iconic eating spot in the form of the "Virginian Restaurant" founded in 1923. Full of people, character, good food and great informal service we enjoyed the meal and finshed with a serve of pecan pie.
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