July – September, 2007 – I decided to spend the two months between my tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway (coming north in summer and going south in the fall) in Charlottesville. I figured I’d be able to get legal assistant work there and it’s also close to Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive which I’d already fallen in love with. I never found temp work that paid enough to make it worthwhile, so thank God my virtual assistant lawyers had enough work to keep me busy and in gas money. The extra free time did give me great chances to explore Charlottesville and Shenandoah and I really enjoyed my time here.
Here’s another shot of part of the great historic area, Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. They’ve turned several blocks into a beautiful pedestrian mall where you can shop in restored buildings, dine al fresco at several outdoor cafes, catch a movie or special performances in quaint old theaters, and just basically enjoy some good-ole’ people watching.
I always appreciate the old architecture and details in buildings like these.
At one end of the mall is this tribute to three of our past presidents from Virginia – James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. You’ll see their images on signs along the streets directing you to historically significant areas.
Charlottesville Tips: Parking on the street isn’t the easiest thing to find, so if you park at the garage, be sure to stop at the Visitor’s Center at one end of the mall and get your ticket stamped for 2 free hours.
Try the delicious pizza at Christian’s on the pedestrian mall – I followed that advice from a fellow RVer – another great tip!