Wednesday, April 30, 2014

road trip recap: Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia)

Colonial Williamsburg...the happiest place on Earth. Well, to me, at least! I visited once when I was about eight and begged my parents to take me back ever since. Well, I finally decided to take myself! This was the next stop on the road trip after Georgia and South Carolina. The weather was absolutely horrid! It was freezing, snowing, and just all around bone chilling. I didn't quite pack for the frigid temperatures, so walking around outside for three days was kind of brutal. I slept in the van the first night I was there, but I ended up getting a hotel for the next two nights because I was just miserable. That was the only time I stayed in a hotel the whole trip (only spent $80 on lodging for three and a half weeks traveling - pretty awesome!)! After walking around in the snow for most of the day it was so so so nice to be able to go back and relax in a warm hotel room (and binge watch Friends and The Big Bang Theory!)!

It's amazing how much I remembered from when I was young. Just the smell alone walking into the shops triggered memories right away. The delicious fragrances of the homemade soaps, and the smoky wood burning stove smell commingled into just an almost overwhelming sensory memory overload. It was absolutely wonderful. (I bought some soap and I'm keeping it in a couple drawers of my dresser so every time I open them I get a little whiff of Williamsburg. Just lovely.)

I definitely recommend getting the three day pass if you are planning a visit here - it's worth it! It was so nice that I didn't feel rushed to see everything, because I knew I would be coming back. While I was there I visited all the sites that were open. The places in the photos here include the magazine, the armory, the silversmith shop, the blacksmith shop, and the Governor's Palace. My favorite places were probably the blacksmith's shop and the magazine. It's just so neat to be able to watch the craftsmen and women at work in the shop!
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Abigail ~ said...

i need to go there. it looks like an absolutely stunning place. the old buildings, wallpaper, displays, everything is right up my alley.
congrats that you spent so little on lodging! i found that very cool.
beautiful photos, thank you for sharing :)
~Abigail

SHAIRA MANALO said...

I don't know why but your blog is way way different from the other blogs I'm reading. After I read your blog, it always leaves me something to treasure and remember. I love how the photos were taken and how you express yourself through blogging. :)

*You're so great. You managed to sleep in the van for one night. I don't think I can do that. :)

xoxo,
SHAIRA
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Gail J said...

I really wanna go back to the states again and again! :)

Katie Frank said...

oh my, what a lovely place *_*
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Laura said...

the place seems like such a dream! you lucky girl:-) i'd love to visit! x

lucinda smith said...

williamsburg *is* a very special place. i went there as a kid and have them same sort of fondness that you described going back as an adult. i love how you put the soap in a couple drawers - the sense of smell is a powerful memory trigger, isn't it?
great photos, as per ushe! ;)

Keys of Anouk said...

Wow, what a beautiful place! :) xo

J. said...

I've always wanted to go but haven't. I love the pictures, and I love how the people who work in places like this are so....INTO it! (Maybe I can convince the man to road trip it with me...maybe....)

Lady parisienne said...

Nice post and nice photos!
Have a great week end!

Lady parisienne said...

Nice post and nice photos!
Have a great week end!

Imogen said...

Wow that's amazing. This post is captivating.

Alexandra Zakharova said...

oh wow! I'd love to visit these places and shops too. Everything looks so interesting and antique! Such a great post turned out, I enjoyed it very much!
Have a fabulous time!

Bel McCall said...

Looks like a wonderful place! I'd love to visit there one day :)
x
Bel
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Laviña Jampit said...

nice post though the cat scares me, dear. hehe :)

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Carolyn said...

I love historic towns and preserved houses! I was just in Virgina, though I didn't get to do much. Looks awesome!

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Sakuranko said...

Oh very beautiful pics sweetie~
xx

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Anita said...

lovely blog :)
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megcasson said...

Wow how amazing is this place.
Great pictures.

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Sarah Rizaga said...

Love the photos, great post <3

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FloralConstellation said...

amazing pictures!

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Kati said...

Thanks so much for your comment, it means a lot!
What a cool place, takes you back to another time!

Have a fantastic day,
-Kati

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