First on the agenda today is Colonial Williamsburg.
Arriving first thing in the morning afforded me the opportunity to photograph the pristine Duke of Gloucester street while devoid of people.
The only souls present were a couple of groundskeepers tidying up and making sure everything is immaculate before the days activities and a occasional runner passing by.
What a wonderful place to take an early morning trot.
I Wandered over to Aromas coffee shop on Prince George street and waited for them to open.
It was worth the wait !
One thing I thoroughly enjoy while traveling is coming across worthy gourmet coffee shops.
There's nothing quite like a proper cup of coffee.
Aromas also had a delicious classic breakfast.
With the bike securely parked, another benefit of arriving early before all the convenient spots are filled up, it was time to take a stroll back into the streets of old Williamsburg for a few hours.
You could easily spend days here, but I was doing the condensed tour and stayed walking and poking around except for a few brief stops at a few interesting locations.
Seeing the stockade outside of the courthouse made you think.
I'll bet if perpetrators had to spend time in the stockade with the sun beating down on them and people gawking and sneering, they would think twice next time.
Someone was passing by, so I just had to get my picture taken in it !
The Blacksmith shop and public Armoury was definately a worthwhile stop....
....with the furnaces roaring from the air fed in by a ceiling mounted mechanical bellows....
...and a fair maiden tending the shop.
The quaint wood shop had that aromatic smell that anyone who has worked with wood will appreciate !!
I stopped in the kitchen and had a chat with a women while she cleaned and prepared a chicken.
She explained that whatever they cook that day is what all the workers there eat for lunch.
She also described how the large opening fireplaces are for cooking, and the smaller units are for heating.
I love those large cooking fireplaces.
You could have alot of fun doing cast iron cooking in one of those over the winter time.
The Tin shop was a sight to see with all of the work pieces sitting out on the tables.
Even today the Capital building is magnificent !
Personally, I prefer old architecture as compared to new, and feel it has much more character and charm.
The Governors Palace and Palace Green.