Ben and I visited Gettysburg in late April. Since we’re a 90-minute drive from Gettysburg, it was an easy day trip.
We started our visit by watching the introductory video for some background on the battlefield. We also saw the cyclorama, which is a painting that wraps around a circular room and lights up during the narration. To be honest, I was underwhelmed by it (I thought it would be digital and more immersive).
We left the visitors center to walk to the battlefield and were surprised at how big it is; it isn’t a distinct piece of land that’s set apart from the town, like at Manassas. There’s very little separation between the battlefield and modern day. We saw a McDonalds as we walked to the cemetery where Lincoln spoke his Gettysburg address.
I didn’t take many pictures of the battlefield, since without a guide or a guidebook, it was difficult to know what I was looking at. I could have downloaded the Gettysburg app, which includes an audio tour, but I’m always hesitant to download apps on my old and storage-challenged phone.
- I’m on the hunt for a new, smaller camera. I rarely have my DSLR with me, because it’s big and heavy. I considered a compact, which have a lot more features now, including manual controls and the ability to shoot in raw. But when I held them at the store, they felt like toys (maybe I’d just need to get used to it). I’m also considering a small mirrorless camera, like the Sony a6000. I could upgrade my phone, but cameras have more manual controls and a better battery life.
- Ben and I are going to Charleston in July, and I’m really looking forward it! This will be a departure from most of our vacations, as we’re planning to relax instead of going sightseeing. My vacations are usually a sprint from one site to the next, which is fun but exhausting. I’m planning to stock up on books on my kindle and sit on the porch of our Air BnB. And take pictures with my new camera, whatever that happens to be.
- I finally finished reading Longbourn, a version of Pride and Prejudice told through the eyes of the servants downstairs. I’d tried to read it several times, but the beginning was slow, and I’d put it down before I could get past the boring parts. In the end, it was a unique and interesting read that shows just how much the Bennets relied on their servants. It paints the family in a not-always-so-favorable light, with even Elizabeth coming off as a bit thoughtless at times. It goes well with another book that I’ve been reading, Jane Austen’s England. This non-fiction book covers what everyday life was like for the working classes in Jane Austen’s day.