Monticello here we come!

Trip Start Jun 28, 2008
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Trip End Jul 07, 2008


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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Just a quick note before you read the update. I spoke with Terri today she has said that the tour is going really well. And Tim SIlva, the amazing tour director, has spoken highly of the boys and their behavior. Tim is a great example of the type of person the GGBC produces. Under Mr. Meyer's direction, the student has become the teacher.
So without further adieu, here is Bray Mcdonnell's update!
~Samara ( Homebase)




2 July 2008
[Today's update is from Soprano, Bray McDonnell.]

Today was a very fun day! We went to Monticello, home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We also went to the University of Virginia, where we toured the campus that was build by Jefferson. We didn't give any concerts today, but we did sing a shortened version of "Consider Yourself" for our UVA tour guide. My favorite memory will be seeing Monticello in its restored splendor. We didn't see as much of Monticello that we did of Mount Vernon, but it was cool still*. We also saw National Treasure II on our 2-hour bus ride.

I hope you enjoyed my little report. As you now know, we had a day of touring and we enjoyed it very much. Bye!

-Bray

*A note from the tour director:
Actually, I think we saw much MORE of Monticello. Perhaps Bray makes this comment because the Mount Vernon estate is much more spread out. Though we were not able to enter the actual Mount Vernon household, today we toured the entire lower floor of Jefferson's Monticello. This grand household is filled with many original items including the bed that Jefferson died in, his office furniture, paintings, busts, and several of his books (including Don Quixote and several volumes of Shakespeare). We also saw his stables, orchards, garden, and cemetery. A major point of interest for the boys were the secret service agents who were preparing for President Bush's visit to Monticello this Friday for the annual July 4th naturalization ceremony. The tour guides were very impressed with the boys' knowledge of not only the history of Monticello, but of 18th century American history. This is no doubt partially due to the studying and quizzing that History Liaison Kevin Young has been implementing. Good work, boys!

-Tim
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dcx2mom
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Amazing Pictures ! ! !
We are sooo envious seeing you in all the different
locations having such a wonderful time! Wish we could
be there but with the blod and pic's it's like if we were there! We are so proud of our GGBC Boys! Glad you are having fun David! WE TOLD you SO!! Keep us posted! As we will stay tuned for more updates and pic's! Love You David! Mom, Alex, Danny

gboyd1
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Awesome!
Monticello is a beautiful place to visit. And how great to share the boys voices with the tour guide, I am sure everyone enjoyed it.

Miss you JD!

Love Grandma Gayla

menjivarj
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Good Morning Boys
We are so proud of all of you and wish we were there seeing all the interesting and wonderful sites you are visiting. Julian, it's like your journal from class came alive. You are seeing all the places you wrote about, that must be neat. Tim and Samara thanks for keeping us informed and for the pictures, it's like being along for the ride. We miss you, but are glad you are having fun. E.T. phone home.

Mom and Dad

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