Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Couple of Afternoons in Colonial Williamsburg

My  family and I recently took a couple of day-trips to the lovely area of Colonial Williamsburg, and we all really enjoyed it! Despite the fact that we only live about half an hour away from Williamsburg, we hardly ever visit the actual colonial part of it. Well, that's something we are hopefully going to try and change, as it was really fun travelling back in time to 18th century America for an afternoon, just walking around and visiting the different shops and buildings. (And I'm sure it would be even more enjoyable once the weather cools down--walking around in 90 degree heat and humidity can be rather miserable!)

I took quite a few pictures on both days that we went to Colonial Williamsburg, and I wanted to share some of my favorites on here. I'll keep it short, so hopefully it won't be too boring! :)

I took this picture at the Barnes and Noble in Merchant's Square. It's such a neat bookstore! It's a two-story, with the kids' section and a Starbucks upstairs. My parents were sweet and bought me a beautiful copy of Emma that I had been eyeing while we were there. :)

One of the gorgeous gardens that we passed by... :)

This church building is the original from 1715! 

My  sister Sophie in her adorable new hat! Isn't she just the cutest? She actually asked me to put this picture on here, haha. :D

Yet another lovely garden! This is the from the second day we spent in Williamsburg. Isn't it beautiful?

The Governor's Palace!

A view from one of the rooms inside. I really liked the green paint, although I'm not sure I would paint my bedroom that color, haha!

Colonial Williamsburg does a wonderful job at making history come to life, from the lively way the reenactors describe Revolutionary War events, to the costumes they wear. (I would love to work there just so I could wear the gorgeous dresses, haha!) And I just love how picturesque everything is. The beautiful summer flowers and greenery, as well as the eighteenth-century architecture, make for some lovely photos. :D

If you ever get the chance to visit Colonial Williamsburg, I highly recommend it! It's a wonderful place for sightseeing, especially for those who love history, as it really does feel as though you've taken a little step back in time. :)

Have you ever visited Colonial Williamsburg?
If so, what was your favorite thing about it?

Have a lovely day!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

What I Love About Pride and Prejudice 1995

I have a confession to make: until a couple of weeks ago, I had never watched Pride and Prejudice 1995! (Does that make me a lousy Jane Austen fan? I guess it does, haha!)

You see, when I first read Pride and Prejudice a couple of years ago, the only movie version I'd ever heard much about was the 2005 one. So, after finishing the book, that was the version I decided to go with. And I really liked it! Sure, it wasn't super accurate to the book, but oftentimes movies are like that, and overall I thought it was a great film. 

But then, I started to notice how so many people said that the 1995 P&P was the best version out there, and I wondered if they were right. So, after meaning to watch it for quite a long time, I've finally gotten around to it, and oh my goodness, it's absolutely amazing!!!

I'm not going to bash the 2005 adaptation, but I do have to say that it has nothing on the BBC version. This version is so fresh and lighthearted, so beautiful and elegant, and I just LOVE it. Why have I never watched it before?!

This post is going to be less like a review and more like a messy list, in no particular order, of what I love most about this movie. Keep scrolling for lots of pretty pictures and an abundance of italics! :D

~ The Music ~

The soundtrack to this movie is so beautiful and dreamy, and it fits the movie perfectly. I've listened to it over and over since finding it on Youtube, because I just can't get enough of it! A couple of my favorite songs are the main theme and the one that plays when Elizabeth sees Pemberley for the first time, but really, all of the songs are lovely. :)

~ The Scenery ~

Oh, it's stunning! The lush green fields that Elizabeth walks through, Pemberley, and even the decor in some of the houses shown in the movie--it's all so gorgeous. I just love how bright and fresh everything feels!

~ Elizabeth ~

Lizzie Bennet is one of my favorite fictional characters, and Jennifer Ehle does a wonderful job at portraying her. She delivers her lines so well, and is amazing at capturing Lizzie's personality. And of course, I adore her hairstyle and clothes!

~ Mr. Darcy ~

I now completely understand why everyone loves Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy so much. I mean, how could you not?! He does an amazing job at portraying him. I love it when he smiles at Elizabeth (but he doesn't do it enough!). But I think my favorite thing about Mr. Darcy is how much he changes throughout the film (and book, of course); at first he appears haughty and disagreeable, but by the end, thanks to Elizabeth, he proves to be such a kind and compassionate person. 

~ The Accuracy to the Book ~

I'm so used to movies being way different from the book that they're based off of, that I was blown away by how accurate this movie was. So many of the lines are direct quotes from the book, and all of the characters are just like Jane Austen described them. I was constantly thinking to myself, "Hey, I remember reading that exact line in the book!" Seriously, it's crazy how similar this movie is to the novel!

~ The Costuming ~

The hairstyles and outfits in this movie are absolutely gorgeous! The lovely bonnets, pastel dresses, muted colors, Lizzie's adorable spencers...oh, I just love it all! Can Regency-era fashion please come back in style someday? Haha. :)

~ All of the scenes with Lizzie and Darcy! ~

Obviously this one made it onto the list! Whenever these two are together, my mom and I are practically glued to the TV screen. I love the scenes when they meet at Pemberley, when Mr. Darcy watches Elizabeth play the piano with his sister, when he calls on her after she hears the news about Lydia, his second proposal, the wedding... every single scene where they're together, really! They're just perfect. :D

I've just fallen completely in love with this movie. It's absolutely AMAZING, and definitely one of my new favorites! Oh, and before I go, I just have to include this hilarious gif of Mr. Darcy that I came across on Pinterest:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a lovely day!