America’s historical places: Colonial Williamsburg

Driving from Washington, D.C. to Virginia Beach one can stop at Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg to go back in time and get to see the real lives of the first inhabitants.

"Governor's Palace in Williamsburg"

"garden in Colonial Williamsburg"

It is an easy task in America to learn about the people and history of the United States with the large number of history museums spread across the country. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world’s largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Williamsburg was the thriving capital of Virginia when the dream of American freedom and independence was taking shape and the colony was a rich and powerful land stretching west to the Mississippi River and north to the Great Lakes. From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political, cultural, and educational centre of what was then the largest, and most influential of the American colonies.

The Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg stretches over 301 acres, and includes 88 original 18th-century structures. Hundreds of houses, shops and public outbuildings are reconstructed on their original foundations. It is possible to explore most of the historical buildings as they are open to the public or walk around the homes of the elite gentry’s class and everyday middling class.

"garden in Williamsburg"

"carriage in Williamsburg"

Practicing tradesmen make Colonial Williamsburg a living town, ringing with clanging hammers and tinged with the smoke of industry. Colonial Williamsburg allows you to forget about the present world and sucks you in the past by interacting with the blacksmith, the milliner and a team of actors playing the residents of the town.

"girls in stocks in Williamsburg"

To learn more about Colonial Williamsburg read here.

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The essence of British weather

HA HA! I’m NOT looking forward to THAT!

"Brighton UK weather"

Washington D.C. by night

As requested by Pati, D.C. by night! Enjoy!

"The White House by night"

"Lincoln by night"

"the Lincoln Memorial by night"

"The National Mall by night"

Egypt… go or not to go?

I think it is a good time to talk about Egypt… go or not to go?

"Hurghada hotel"

Egypt has always been my dream holiday destination and I was planning the trip to visit that extraordinary country for the last few years. When I finally managed to organise the two week holiday consisting of a week-long river Nile cruise and relaxing time in Hurghada…the revolution broke out. At first I was selfishly angry and greatly disappointed, but after spending hours reading and watching live coverage of Tahrir Square, I realised I do have the luxury of choosing other holiday destination, whereas the Egyptians in many cases are doomed to stare at the same freaking Pyramids their entire live as they can hardly afford bread!

"the Pyramids in Giza"

In light of the ongoing demonstrations the Foreign & Commonwealth Office continues to advice against ‘all but essential travel’ to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Suez. The Office also announced that the Red Sea resorts, such as Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Hurghada, and Marsa Alam ‘remain calm’, at the same time stressing that ‘the situation across Egypt is unpredictable and may change quickly’. Read more. The biggest UK travel agents when asked about their Egypt holidays responded that the Red Sea resorts were ‘operating business as usual’. Despite that they have cancelled most of the Nile cruises and all excursions to Cairo. Contrasting with the FCO’s and UK travel operators’ announcements, the governments of other countries, such as Poland, spoke against their citizens’ travelling to any part of Egypt unless necessary and until the situation calms down. What is more, the Polish travel agents cancelled most of their holidays to Egypt in January and February and offered their clients a possibility of exchanging Egypt for other destinations such as Morocco, Cyprus or the Canary Islands.

All those comments combined with the live BBC News updates leave potential holiday buyers confused. In the end of the day it is up to a person really to decide if she or he would like to spend their holiday in the Red Sea resort when at the doorstep the Egyptians are fighting for the same rights and opportunities we, the Europeans and British, take for granted.

I’m looking forward to your comments on that matter.

"The Sphinx"

"the Egyptians on a camel"

*photos by courtesy of my friend Patrycja

More on D.C.

Anyone who has visited Washington, D.C. was blown away by the number of monuments… and the amount of concrete used to build that city. Please find below a selection of some of the monuments.

"the White House"

"the White House garden"The White House garden

"The Lincoln Monument"The Lincoln Monument

"Lincoln Memorial"Lincoln himself

"the Mall"The Mall

"The National World War II Memorial"The National World War II Memorial

"Jefferson Memorial"Jefferson Memorial

"The U.S. Capitol"The U.S. Capitol

 

 

My beloved D.C.

Just before the 2008 presidential elections I flew to the United States for a compulsory year abroad as part of my degree. I had chosen one of the universities in Washington, D.C. and it soon appeared to be one of the best decisions in my life. Besides studying I managed to visit a few places on the East Cost and get to know D.C. inside out. Due to the amazing sights, atmosphere and fabulous people I got to share it with, D.C. became my home, my one year long  ‘American Dream’…

Lincoln Monument

Washington and Lincoln Monument – view from the Potomac river

"Lincoln Monument at night"

First post ever! :)

Smello!
This is my first post on my first blog ever so it is not surprising I am more excited than I was on the day Obama was elected president or when I was five year old and discovered a Barbie that could move her elbows! 😉
So here it is my baby blog, ready to share my adventures, fun and not so fun days and loads of pictures with you. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did experiencing it.