On our way to the Outer Banks, we decided to break the trip up a bit and stop in Williamsburg for a few days.
I wish it was because we are deeply interested in the historical meaning of this area for our American friends. While it is fascinating, I have to say, sadly, we were lured there by the shopping.
I do need to explain something for all my American friends, however, to make me seem less shallow and unpatriotic (for them – which I totally am, usually:)
Stuff in the States, for the most part, is ridiculously cheap compared to what we pay at home.
I was grocery shopping and oohing and aahing at how cheap things were! Milk! Meat! Cereal! And please don’t get me started on the variety that there is. There is stuff that I have never even heard of!! We see some of it on commercials on TV on American channels, but to walk through the aisles and see the selection is quite a trip in itself. ( I do have to question why there are so many pancake houses, however?? We don’t even have 1 back home and we counted at least 5 in a total of 10 miles here!!
So after I loaded up on groceries, and laughed at the bill which was half of what I would have paid at home, we headed over to the outlets.
The only downfall of outlets, is that there is so much to buy, and we really have no room to put it all in our car because we are sooooo packed. Luckily I have that handy car packer that I talked about in my last post:)
All of us.
I would say my kids are shopaholics, but I know it’s simply because they are as blown away with how much they can buy with their money as I am.
So, another little travel tip: Before we go anywhere on vacation I ask the kids to give me all their money that they want to spend. This is whatever they have saved from gifts, allowances, extra jobs etc. I count it up and put it on little “credit cards” that I make them. Then, whenever they buy anything, I pay, and then it gets deducted off the card. It avoids them walking around with money, or me having to exchange everyone’s money. For this trip, because it was only the States, and Gabe is older with his own bank card, he kept track of his own money and used his real debit card. But, it works like a charm with the other guys. When their money is spent, their money is spent. Because it is their own money, I have found over the years that they are much better shoppers, looking for deals, evaluating if it is “really worth it” – so outlets are a real treat for them too because they get more bang for their buck!
Aside from shopping, we did walk around Colonial Williamsburg one day and it was very pretty. But, we aren’t all up on our American History (before you judge me, ask yourself if you are up on Canadian history??!!) so I think we got the gist, but certainly missed a lot there was to offer. (We also didn’t want to pay the $50 per person that was required to do all the things that would have likely taught us more and made it a more educational experience.) We also walked around The College of William and Mary – which is gorgeous! Oh, to be back in school again. I would love a campus like that. Some nice gentleman also came up to us and asked if we were dropping one of our kids off since it was the freshman start day; he wanted to welcome us. So sweet! What hospitality! But do I look old enough to have a child in college? Probably:((
We did also find a chocolate and candy store in the little town. We quickly zeroed in on the chocolate caramel covered apples, which my kids were thrilled that I offered to get them each one. Again, to put it in perspective, these chocolate covered apples at the stores we can buy them at back home are $12.99 EACH compared to the $3.99. This was their chance to try these babies!
We spent some time poolside, and spent some time watching Gilmore Girls (our family show right now), and everyone got some good forced reading time too.
Certainly off to a good start for our vacation!
|This is typical Josh:)|