Monday, May 27, 2013

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, located in Fairfax County, Virginia near Alexandria, was the plantation home of the first President of the United States, George Washington; it is also his burial place. The estate is situated on the banks of the Potomac River across from Prince George's County, Maryland.
(from wikipedia)

 
You can take a really quick tour inside the mansion, but pictures are not allowed. I was impressed by the choice of colors for the interior (for example, the dining room is bright green).

The mansion has a wonderful view of the Potomac River.


You can stroll around the estate and actually see how things used to be back then; the farm, the gardens, where the slaves of the estate used to live etc. You can have a chat with costumed historic interpreters who are eager to answer all your questions about life on the estate during the 18th century. 

And, of course, everything is green.
 











25 comments:

  1. Wow!!! Τι ομορφιές είναι αυτές! Σε ευχαριστούμε πολύ!
    Να έχεις μια όμορφη εβδομάδα!! Φιλιά!!

    Υ. Τι κακό και αυτό να μην επιτρέπεται η εσωτερική φωτογράφιση σε μερικούς χώρους! :(

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    1. Οντως, ειναι εκνευριστικο να μη μπορεις να βγαλεις φωτο.

      Καλη βδομαδα και σ'εσενα!

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  2. I should become president of something, and then build myself a cute little bungalow with a manageable lawn and garden like that. I'm kidding, of course, it looks really peaceful, and don't we all want that in one way or another?

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    1. Bibi for President! :)
      When you get elected, we'll come visit you!

      I'm not sure I want a house of my own. When you spend so much money to buy something and you put so much effort into it, then you acquire "roots". I want to have the chance to go places without the burden of a house waiting for me to return. I'm not sure if I'm getting my point across...

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    2. No, I understand perfectly! When you buy your own house, you see it as an investment, something you'll be working on for probably the rest of your life. But what if you get a job opportunity halfway across the country? Then you have to decide between an awesome new job, or the investment you've got going. And, you know, sometimes you just want something new.

      Thank you for your comment on my blog :) I love that it was a list, I like lists. Sucks being really light for your height, doesn't it? Got the fainting and the black spots when you stand up,... and bad PMS and period pains. That stuff is torture, I tell you! Torture, yet we still panic every time aunt Flo is late. Women problems.

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    3. (Also, you're always welcome to stay over at my presidential residence. I'm sure I'll find a spare room for you somewhere. Maybe a bathroom too. I'll see what I can do.)

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    4. Oh , great! If you don't have a spare room, we'll stay at a hotel nearby, don't worry.

      Aunt Flo is the worst aunt ever. Mother Nature was in a bad mood when she came up with that idea!

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  3. Καλησπέρα Εύη μου!!Τί υπέροχη η βόλτα πού μάς πήγες!!Φανταστικά μέρη καί πανέμορφες όλες οι φωτογραφίες σου!!Καλό βράδυ!!Φιλάκια!!

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    1. Ευχαριστω!
      Εχουν εκμεταλλευτει πολυ σωστα ολα αυτα τα αξιοθεατα και συνδυαζουν και ιστορια και ομορφια.
      Καλη βδομαδα!

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  4. Φανταστικές φωτογραφίες από πανέμορφα τοπία!

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    1. Ευχαριστω Τζινα!
      Να εχεις ομορφη βδομαδα! :)

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  5. Mount Vernon looks like the America of my dreams.
    Maybe one day I'll get there.

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    1. Everything reminds me of one movie or the other here and that's partly why I like it so much. So, I think you will enjoy it a lot when you come.

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  6. Απίστευτο πράσινο; Έχω πάθει υπερπρασίνωση, αλλά μ'αρέσει !!
    Κι αυτά τα μεγάλα τα δέντρα και το ποτάμι.. τέλεια θέα :)
    Καλό βράδυ Ευάκι !!

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    1. Κι εγω! Τοσο πρασινο δεν εχω ξαναδει! Το σχολιαζω συνεχεια, σε λιγο θα γινω γραφικη!

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  7. Did you talk to the historical interpreters? They're so weird.

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    1. I'm extremely shy (bordering social anxiety shy) and I have a fear of saying the wrong thing in public and being embarrassed. So, I tend to avoid asking questions in situations like this.

      However, the thing with the interpreters is that they're dressed like 18th century people, pretending to be 18th century people, and when I see them I keep thinking what they are like in their real lives. And what they say to their families when they go back home ("stupid tourists, all they do is ask stupid questions"). That's enough to shatter the illusion for me.

      That being said, we found ourselves alone with an interpreter and he started explaining how they collected wheat back then and I found it very informative. Also, I appreciated the fact that he gave us this mini-tour and he didn't wait for more people to come so that he wouldn't have to say the same things all over again.

      Too much information? :)

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  8. Wow! This place is beautiful and so are your pictures! Simply amazing!

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    1. Thank you Rylie! Welcome to the blog! :)

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  9. Hi Evi - It's been forever since I've visited your blog (or anyone's blog, for that matter). So excited for you that you've moved to the US. I'm looking forward to reading all your posts that I've missed and to hear about your adventures here. By the way, I LOVE your blog header. Just gorgeous!(as are your photos of Mount Vernon)
    Hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Hi Julie!
      I'm very happy to see you back! Thank you for all your kind words!

      I'm also glad you like the header; it's one of the magnolia trees in the Enid A. Haupt garden in DC.

      Enjoy your weekend! :)

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  10. Mount Vernon is so pretty, Evi, and so much history there. Aaaahhh, the flowers are dreamy, and I love that bridge.

    Have a nice weekend. I am going to a craft fair tomorrow. Should be fun.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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