I'm so sorry I've been MIA for the beginning of this week. It's spring break, and while that phrase may evoke images of lounge chairs and tall glasses of rum punch, I've been on a four day marathon college tour of the South with my daughter. We've had a fantastic time visiting seven universities from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, GA but at the end of the day I've been too exhausted to even attempt a quick post. I did want to share with you some beautiful photos of Thomas Jefferson's ancestral home Monticello that I had the pleasure to visit on Sunday. The 5,000 acre plantation is situated on the summit of an 850 foot high peak in the Southwest Mountains south of the Rivanna Gap. The house, which Jefferson designed beginning in 1769, was based on the neoclasscal principle of of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio. The architecture is simply stunning and a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Centre should be on everyone's to do list.