Friday, July 9, 2010

Where in the World was Lotus Girl? Part III

Hint: Our trip was very appropriate for the 4th of July. We visited a few different places but all around the same city where we stayed.
This is a 3-D sundial. So cool.
This tree had to be taken down a few years ago when it was only 17% alive. This daughter and I were amazed at the size of it. There was a bowl in one of the souvenir shops that was made from it. Gorgeous and so unique, but with a price tag of $1800.00, it stayed in the shop.
Does this one help?
Or this one. I was so thrilled when I found this pool. You know how I like me some reflections.
There were some amazing vistas
and clever things. This is a warming dish. You pour hot water in the little spout and cap it, and it keeps your food hot. So cool.
A four seater privy. You gotta love it. The one on the right is smaller and has a step up for kids.
A templed hill just like in the song.
I thought this was so modern looking. It was originally built with brick and during the owner's lifetime looked like this.
This home was much more modest but also very interesting and had one of my favorite pieces of furniture of everything we saw--a drop leaf dining room table.

So... Good luck figuring it out.


Patti said...

Thomas Jefferson's home. Is there such a place?

MaryKay said...

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia!

MaryKay said...

Of course it was Patti's response that tipped me off. I should have recognized the photos but didn't. But I think you went to Monticello. One of yesterday's photos looks like a specialized weather vane. Jefferson was quite the inventor.

I remember reading about the templed hill when looking at the September Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. I'd like to attend this festival someday and taste a variety of heirloom tomatoes in such a beautiful location. This year I'll opt for a tomato tasting event closer to home.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a perfect destination for the season!
It looks like fun!

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Umm, Virginia?

The only reason I know that is because my parents were recently there. :)

Terra said...

Others have figured it out; I visited there as a child. Jefferson was a man of huge talents and vision.

Shellie said...

Laura told me yesterday you had been to Monticello - which actually was one of my next two guesses...but decided it wasn't fair to guess.

lotusgirl said...

Patti is the winner. Of course there is such a place, Patti. Thanks to Mary Kay for supplying the name for our Canadian neighbor. Monticello was one of the homes that we visited. Yes, MK, Wednesday's post showed the weather vane on the ceiling of the porch so Jefferson didn't have to go out in the weather to know which way the wind was blowing. Anybody know the city? or the names of the other 2 houses?

Alyssa said...

Isn't it in Charlottesville, VA? I'm pretty sure it is. I don't know the names of the other two houses, though.

lotusgirl said...

Very good A! Charlottesville, VA.

Angie said...

Beautiful! Glad you had fun.

T. Anne said...

His and her potties? YIKES! Please do tell, where on the planet are you?

Carolyn V. said...

Awesome pics! It looks like everyone figured it out before me. I'm so glad, because I was stumped. =)

MaryKay said...

Is the yellow house Ash Lawn-Highland - James Monroe's home?

And just above it is Montpelier - James Madison's home.

Those are my guesses after looking at some photos at

I've been to Monticello, but not the other two.

MaryKay said...

Is the yellow house Ash Lawn-Highland - James Monroe's home?

And just above it is Montpelier - James Madison's home.

Those are my guesses after looking at some photos at

I've been to Monticello, but not the other two.

Judy Croome said...

Love the photos - especially the one of the dinner plate.

Couldn't have begun to guess where it was, but I do have the excuse of living at the tip of far-off Africa! (Now, ask me to identify any of the world's top soccer players and - after 4 weeks of hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup here in South Africa - I can reel off those names with the most ardent fan!!) :):)

lotusgirl said...

Mary Kay, You totally got it. Ashlawn-Highland is the yellow house and the other is Montpelier.

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Patti Lacy said...

Ooh, I learned something tonight!

Just got back from a trip myself and may do the same thing one of these days with MY photos!


Patti said...

Yeah, I actually won something. It looks beautiful there. Sometimes I wished I lived on the east coast, there's so much more history.

Okie said...

What fabulous pictures from what was surely a fun trip.

I've been to Mount Vernon and had a ball looking around but really want to get out to see Monticello...I keep hearing (and seeing) such wonderful things about it.