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My Visit to Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C., Our Nation's Capitol

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I visited Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., on a beautiful summer day. It a very long walk from a friend's home to the scenic and historic areas of our nation's capitol, but I still enjoyed every minute I spent walking and taking in as much as I could. While I love photography, I had not planned this as a photo-taking excursion, so these photographs are from my personal collection.

As luck would have it, not only did I end up in D.C. by chance (or maybe fate), I had not seen a friend who was living there in quite some time. My truck had some problems while in the area and luckily he lived right off the highway. What could have been an aggravating complication instead became a wonderful visit! To me, these photos are a priceless reminder of a pleasurable day. I wish I had taken more photos while I was there since my friend has since moved back to his homeland of Switzerland.

There is by far too much history, scenery and great Americana in the area to fit into one day. If you plan to visit, you should try to schedule at least a few days.The many monuments and federal buildings in D.C. will fascinate any history buff or even casual tourist and will provide almost unlimited photo opportunities.

Some places do not allow photography such as the beautiful art museum we visited along the Potomac waterfront. An art lover could easily spend and entire day viewing the beautiful art that ranged from breathtaking realism to styles that pushed the boundaries of imaginative avant-garde.

There is something in the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront District to attract almost everyone. Numerous unique and colorful shops line the historic streets along amazing flowers and other examples of Mother Nature's art. There are even plenty of quaint pubs for the bar hopper. It is a trip I highly recommend.

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The Walk

These are just a few of the shots I got on our walk to the art museum and the Potomac River. Some people find the boats of particular interest as did my friend. He showed me various boats he would someday like to own. Hopefully his dream came true and he enjoying his boat on one of Switzerland's many lakes!

The street names in Old Town Alexandria were a bit intriguing! On our walk I found many of them of interest -- King, Queen, Prince and Princess, for instance. There were also streets named after famous founding fathers such as Franklin Street named after Benjamin Franklin and Washington Street named for... well, I am sure you know!

Street names are something I find of interest in just about every place I visit, but that was only one thing I was captivated by here. For example, I think my favorite photograph of this group is the artistic use of the American flag on a sidewalk along our walk. I thought it was beautifully arranged with the flag centered between some plants outside a beautiful home. It showed the love of our country and the patriotism of the home owner for anyone passing by to see. I was lucky enough to be walking to get this amazing photo.

Sailboats and a Barge on the Potomac River

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What an amazing day this was! I will never forget it as long as I live! It was so unexpected and yet apparently meant to be. I loved the art galleries and little shops lining the way and seeing the people along the waterfront enjoying our country's capital city and surrounding area.

There was so much beauty and history! I am glad I had a great tour guide. Who is better than a friend to walk you through an unfamiliar city? Especially when they are from another country and are enjoying being a guide as much as anyone would. Someday I will hopefully make it back and see so much more than I had time for on this unplanned visit.

Downtown Sights and Shops

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I realize almost everyone knows where the capital of the United States is, but just in case you have never been and have not planned a visit to our capital, I am including a map of the area where I took these photographs.

I encourage you to visit and take your children if you have them. It is a trip that no one would ever forget. A trip to Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia, will provide memories and photos to cherish for a lifetime! Thank you for viewing and reading my article.

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