Monday, October 11, 2010

Old Town

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments about my daughter's new apartment!  She knows she is very fortunate to live where she does, and as Miss Char so nicely said in her comment, I'm thankful every day that our daughter is able to live some place where she is safe and comfortable!  The stylish part is a definite bonus though!

In my neck of the woods, this is what a traffic jam looks like!  Not that we don't have regular traffic congestion too, but when you live in a rural area, sometimes slow downs are caused by cool big green tractors!

But just by driving for a few hours we can get to real traffic jams, and ones that aren't caused by farm implements.

The Woodrow Wilson bridge, which spans the Potomac and connects Maryland and Virginia is the easiest way for us to access not only DC but also the suburbs that surround the city.

When most people think of cool DC areas filled with shops and restaurants, they immediately think of Georgetown.  And although Georgetown is a great area, the parking can sometimes be difficult and the prices are equally hard to deal with, so I prefer Old Town Alexandria for lunch and some browsing on a Sunday afternoon.

Old town has such great history, and its waterfront location makes it a beautiful place to take a stroll on a lovely fall afternoon, which is just what we did last weekend.

Still considered a pricey area, it is a little less expensive than coveted Georgetown, and there is so much to see and do in Old Town, which I love!

Old brick sidewalks, tree lined streets, shopping and dining choices galore, it's my kind of place!

But what I love the most is the architecture, and how you can wander the side streets and be treated to secret gardens behind beautiful fences!  Even a parking area looks good when it's behind a lovely iron fence like the one above.

Or dream of living in one of the glorious old mansions which line these old streets....sigh!  Any chance the owners of this house might invite me to take tea on that grand front porch?!

This one caught my fancy the other day...I wonder if they would be interested in doing a house trade for a few months?!

Those ornate windows, and the huge leaded glass fan light above the front door had me at hello!

Everywhere you turn in Old Town there is beautiful colonial style architecture.

Just look at the detail on this building...I love the dentil moulding and those lovely corbels framed by more delicate ornamentation!  Can you imagine the cost to create something like that in this day and age?!

And look at the brick detail above this pretty!

If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend spending a day...or even a weekend in Old Town Alexandria, located in Virginia just outside of DC.  It will take you back in time and feed your soul in more ways than one!


  1. I love the beautiful architecture~ the brick detail above the window was amazing!

  2. Hi Kat,

    I have been a silent reader for quite some time and do enjoy your beautiful blog. Next time, when you are in Old Town, you might want to go to the 'Torpedo Factory Art Center'. You can see great Artist at work. All kind of art is present. Painting, sculpting, ceramics, photography just to name a few.

    Kat from FL

  3. I love the historical part of the east... the west has its charms but I have always wanted to tour the east.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a beautiful place. I never saw much more of the DC area than the streets around the White House. It would be fun to spend a day exploring the old streets in Old Town.

  5. What a beautiful place to visit. I looks like it has a little bit of everything. Parts of it looked like Concord MA other parts Boston. Great photography.

  6. It looks like a great place to vist. You really are in a great spot Kat. Close to the ocean, close to other great cities.

  7. A little Georgian, a little Colonial, a little Victorian...a whole lot of beautiful. It's nice to see places respect and maintain it's historical character. It's why I fell in love with Boston. Very beautiful photos.

  8. Good morning! Alexandria looks like a wonderful place, there are so many of these small town areas to explore and enjoy. Thanks so much for sharing in such a lovely way. Ciao, bella!

  9. Thank you for the tour, it looks like such a wonderful town to spend the day in! So many beautiful buildings and so much history! My parents go to Williamsburg every year, they LOVE it!! They are going down this year again for the Grand Illumination. I love where you live, so much to do and see! :)

  10. I never get enough of beautiful old houses. Thanks bunches.

  11. I love DC, but it can be so hard to get around. I'll have to try your suggestion of Alexandria. Looks like my kind of town.


  12. It's so funny to see the place you call home through another's (very talented photographic) eyes! The house with the incredible detailing in the brickwork is, if I'm not mistaken, on the corner of North Columbus and Cameron Streets, adjacent to Christ Church, and is one of three virtually identical houses built there by a father for each of his three daughters. I also recall visiting the house adjacent to the gray one in your last picture (the blue one) as a child to play with a friend who lived there. I have no recollection of what the house looked like inside; I only remember the unmistakable-to-this-day smell of "old."

  13. Thanks everyone, and Kat from FL thanks for coming out of silence! ;-)

    I have been to the Torpedo Factory, but it was years ago, so thanks for reminding me that I'm overdue for a visit!

    Kat :)

  14. I'll take the John Deere congestion anyday ...

  15. Kat, where were you last weekend? We would have had so much fun taking pictures together. With 200 people walking behind me, I couldn't stop in Gtown and take pictures like I wanted :(


  16. This looks like the perfect way to spend a day...wonderful things to see!

  17. My brother used
    to live in Georgetown
    but now that he is
    a family man they live
    in Arlington. We have
    spent the day strolling
    Alexandria before and
    I just love it there.
    As a history buff, I
    can't stop taking pics
    when I'm down there!
    xx Suzanne

  18. Great pics. Old Town, Alexandria can be incredibly romantic. About a decade ago, the hubster and I had our first real date there, strolling hand in hand down historic King Street.


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