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Colonial Williamsburg

Aside from attending the Grand Canao, we also managed to visit and explore the Colonial Williamsburg Park. Our hotel was just two blocks away from the park. I've always wanted to visit Colonial Williamsburg, but never had the time. I was ecstatic to finally see this place and let myself be transported back to colonial times. As the pictures will show, it's a historical park featuring 18th century culture, life, costumes, museums, and restored buildings of Virginia's colonial capital.

Our first stop would be the Governor's Palace, which was the residence of seven royal governors and the first two elected governors of the new sovereign state of Virginia. It is now known as the home of Lord Dunmore, the last British governor of the colony.

This is part of the impressive palace garden, but this arched covered pathway is my favorite. It maybe hot and sweltering outside, but it was cool and breezy inside the pathway. I thought it was the perfect place to read a book or just think.

This is the band from the Revolution City. I thought they looked great in their 18th century clothes. Oh well, everyone in the park dresses this way.


As most actors or performers in the park, every person here knows his or her craft. It's like walking back into history, and being able to converse to them about needlework, women's lives, laws, how printing was done etc.


This is where Mom and I ate lunch, King's Arms Tavern. The atmosphere was elegant and service was excellent. On the menu, it says "Victuals pleasing to the palate expeditiously served in the best manner." I thought that was really cool. For starters, I had the "Peanut Soupe" (garnished with roasted peanuts and a peanut cracker) and Mom had the "King's Arms Chopped Salat" (this one came with a tasty shallot vinaigrette). For the main dish, we both had "A Made Dish of Beef" (tender beef stewed in a red wine sauce, pearl onions, carrots, mushroom, over mashed potatoes). I highly recommend all of them paired with a cool refreshing Lemonade or Iced Tea. Cheers!

Comments

  1. hey kayni! this looks like a real cool place to visit! i loved the costumes and the feel of the place ... really transports you to another era no?

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  2. Wow thanks for sharing these pictures and insights about the historical significance of Virginia.

    That lunch made me hungry! :)

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  3. That covered pathway made my day. It looks very serene. Also, I wish to be photographed like the women doing embroidery. In case I do, I'd definitely frame it. The mention of your mom's salad made me hungry. =)

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  4. excellent photos, kayni! it's like going back in time...

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  5. caryn, it is a very nice place to visit. once you step into the 10 hectare park, you feel like you're in a different time and place.

    daphne, you're very welcome. lunch was really delicious, and how i wish i could cook the beef tender like they did. i'd also like to learn how to cook with red wine =).

    witsandnuts, the photo with the women embroidering actually reminded me of your Jane Austen Book Club. speaking of wearing those type of clothes, the park do rent our clothes like that to visitors.

    ana, at one point during the park exploration, i did forget what year it was =).

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  6. Great place to see ha? one day I will go there too, hopefully :) send you a great hug! Barbs

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  7. ciao amica, come va? i'm glad you came to visit my blog. hope to see you in boston. abbraccio =)

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  8. i love historical places, and the arched pathway is beautiful. maybe in the spring the flowers bloom?
    love all their dresses too. :)

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  9. hi ms. firefly, i, too, love historical places. this is one reason why i took history in college. yes, i heard everything blooms there at spring time. i haven't seen it yet, but i do intend to find out next year spring =).

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  10. Its a great documentary on your trip kayni. The people sounds cool. Playful? The performers with their costumes looks great. I wonder if we have anything like that here in the Phil.

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  11. You're right on the women's dress. I'll appreciate if you can join us in the book club.

    You had a History degree? That's very interesting. I super enjoyed our Asian Civilization class, how I wish there were more History-related minors.

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  12. layrayski, wouldn't it be great if we could do this in the Philippines. i think that people will get interested with our history. the Philippines has a beautiful history.

    witsandnuts, yes, i am a history major =). my dad was a history major and teacher as well. i think i got it from him. most books at home are on all sorts of history, plus i grew up watching WWII movies.

    i just joined your Jane Austen Book Club. i left a comment on your site.

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  13. hi kayni - hmm that description of the food made my mouth water.. yummy. i just cooked (experimented!) a chicken dish with lots of red wine last week and the taste was superb! so i can imagine how it tasted of course not only the food seem to be great but the entire trip :) glad you had a wonderful time with your mom. that covered walk looks really beautiful.

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  14. toni, we had a great time. we're already scheduling our next trip =). yes, i do want to look out for recipes that uses red wine. hope all is well.

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  15. lovely place! thank you for sharing the pictures. Ate Maya is here and she is sending her best regards to you and your parents. I got a book meme for you too, click here http://kcelebration.blogspot.com/2008/08/book-tag.html

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  16. Hi Kero, glad to hear from you and Ate Maya. I will be doing the book meme soon =).

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  17. aha, nice place, feels very peaceful and idyllic. I'd love to be living and performing there, but then perhaps I'll be doing the role of either a slave or Pocahontas? :-)

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