Sydney got to tell you about our trip to the University, so its my turn to continue telling you about our trip to Charlottesville, Virginia. While we were in Charlottesville, we stopped at some really neat places and we learned a lot. One tip. When you come, you absolutely must drive over to Crozet (pronounced Crow-Zay) just west of Charlottesville and get a pizza at Crozet Pizza. It is in a really really old building and is very very tiny. Here is a picture of the counter and kitchen.
However, don’t let the look fool you. Crozet Pizza has some of the best pizza outside of New York City that Sydney and I have ever eaten. In fact, it’s so popular you’ll need reservations just to get in on weekend evenings. How do we know what it tastes like? Notice we are not in this picture. That's because they wouldn't let us in to eat or sit on the counter and have our picture taken. So, since they wouldn't let us eat in the restaraunt, when we got home, Sydney and I picked up the phone and ordered out. We ordered a large pizza with everything. Well almost everything. We didn't order anchovies because we consider that cat food and won't dare let it touch our lips. Roll in it yes, eat it, no. We had it delivered and charged it to Dad's credit card. It cost Dad $235 plus the cost of a pizza for delivery, but I'm sure he gladly would have done it for us if we could have asked him. He's still trying to figure out how that pizza entry got on his credit card bill right below the doggie treat store. Don't you dare tell!
Shortly after our tour of campus and food at Crozet, we were off to Monticello, which is about 4 miles outside of town. We’re not sure if everyone out there knows what Monticello is famous for, so let's have a little quiz shall we? Declaration of Independence? Third President of the United States? Commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore the Northwest United States after he made the Louisiana Purchase from France?
Okay, Okay already. Many of you already have the answer, but for those who missed American History day in school, it’s Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas lived on top of a really high hill overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains with some very pretty views. He was famous for writing the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776 with John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. Sydney and I have seen his draft with his handwritten notes at the Library of Congress in Washington and the actual Declaration of Independence at the National Archives. They wouldn’t let Sydney and I in during the day, so we popped in late one night during one of our treat runs and got to see them both without all the tourists bothering us. I’d let you in on our secret entry way, but someone would blab and then Sydney and I couldn’t get back in for our private showings late at night.
Oh, yeah Monticello. Here are Sydney and I lounging by the garden with the Shenandoah Valley back behind us. It was such a pretty view.
Here we are in front of the house where all the tours start. We’d like to show you pictures of the interior of the house, but alas they wouldn’t let us in to tour the house. More doggie discrimination. When will these historic locations ever learn that we are Cavaliers are not just your everyday run of the mill dog. For pete’s sake, we were the favorites of royalty for years and had the run of palaces and castles. Sheesh, our mere presence would lend an even greater air of dignity to an already dignified location. Instead, we can’t even get into someone’s house who probably would have welcomed us with open arms had we had the opportunity to visit while they were still alive. Don’t worry, I left a comment card voicing my concern.
After that fairly obvious snub, we moved around to the other side of the house and gardens. Of course, this is probably the side of Monticello that we think is the most beautiful and the view most people are familiar with. Here we are lounging on the lawn.
Since this was only a day trip, we were soon forced to leave Monticello and Charlottesville and head home. It was an eventful day and we hope you have enjoyed our little tour of Charlottesville. Maybe some day when you visit Washington, you can drive down and enjoy the sites too. Next week we are off for vacation and a few weeks in the Hamptons and New York City. We'll post pictures when we get back. Happy Fourth of July everyone!!!!!!!!!!
Ruby and Sydney in Virginia