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“UVA...a place to see”

University of Virginia
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

The University of Virginia is a lovely place to visit.
The architecture is amazing. It is nestled in the quaint town of Charlottesville.
You can walk the campus and experience a bit of history.
Spring and Fall are the best times to visit.

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

I spent last weekend in Charlotteville, Virginia at the University of Virginia and other sites around the town. What a lovely escape from the rigors of Washington, DC. We caught Amtrak, which was a long-ish, but very pleasant 2.5 hours with exquisite scenery as the city gave way to the rolling green hills of Virginia, dotted with pastures of Black Angus cattle and thoroughbred horses. When we arrived at Charlottesville, it seemed that everyone else was getting of in this quaint town.
I visited the Kluge-Ruhe Center for Aboriginal Art for the Saturday morning tour, given by the center's director Margo Smith. She was quite gracious despite the fact that many of the galleries were off limits temporarily, but gave us the benefit of her great knowledge and experience with aboriginal art and the backstories of the artists who have worked and exhibited there. Later, we went down to the campus of U. Va, which has to be amongst the most scenic in the area. We caught a glimpse of the shining dome of Monticello set high on the hill above the university from the square that houses several of the libraries, including the Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture. In addition to the exhibit that I went to see specifically, "Experimental Beds" by Australian artist Judy Watson, which drew parallels between aboriginal life and slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, another archaeological exhibit, "Flowerdew Hundred" was also on view. That detailed and stimulating exhibit told the stories of the Native Americans who had settled the area long before Europeans came, and also went into the history of their interaction with the Europeans in one of the most culturally correct and thoughtful exposes on archaeological finds that I have seen.
Time escaped us, and we weren't able to return to the exhibits at the Fralin Museum. where an Impressionist drawing exhibit and a Whistler exhibit looked enticing.
Later, just walking the campus that Thomas Jefferson so loved was a history lesson in itself. The next day, we took a stroll to the downtown mall and were astounded by the antique shops, vendors and interesting stores like the cigar shop, along the way. After a fantastic brunch at Part 4, we headed back to the Amtrak Station, which was a short walk away, to return to Washington, breathing deeply the fresh mountain air all the way along. In short, this was a fantastic weekend away from the rat race in a town that was warm, welcoming, friendly and full of fun and educational things to do!
Transportation is easy and cheap around town, but I plan to return to Charlottesville with a car to take advantage of Monticello and some of the surrounding wineries. Folks told us that there are also festivals every month during the warm seasons, making for an entertaining time for anyone, even if traveling solo.

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Such a nice surprise. We walked everywhere and this is a quick & easy 15-20 minute walk from downtown hotels. Visit the Rotunda, then walk the lawn and visit West Range Hall.

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Definitely worth taking a couple of hours just to walk around the old part of the campus, which is the original campus that Thomas Jefferson designed and had built. Go through the library and walk the brick paths that Jefferson walked.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

The grounds of this campus are truly lovely. We took a student led tour in March, as my daughter was a prospective student. We have been back twice since, and each time has been a positive experience, despite cold weather and rain. Mr. Jefferson's university is full of history, and the mature trees,brick-walled gardens, and colonial style architecture all combine to create an atmosphere which has led this school to be termed a "public ivy". The students are also very friendly, and will stop to provide directions and assistance if they see you looking unsure or lost. This school is a Virginia treasure.

Thank Lynda B
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