Observations, pictures, and sketches highlight the transition of moving to the nations's Capitol after 30 years of living in the Midwest. A clash in cultures? Maybe not!
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Alexandria Long House and Tiled Entryway
As often as possible we make the excuse to ride over to Alexandria. It is just over the bridge and it is one of my favorite places. The gardens along the sidewalks are generally spectacular, and the architecture is unique. We always have luck finding a place to park, and this time it was in front of a home with an interesting entryway. We went about our business, and on the way back to the car, I noticed as usual, how LONG the house was. But I didn't care for the location in that it was sitting right next to a paid parking lot. If you can get past that image and move on to the flag draped sidewalks that are typical of the town, you can step back in time and imagine what went on back in the day. George Washington's townhouse is right across the street from this house. The little fall flowers in their seasonal pots are placed particularly on the steps, and the entryway is so inviting. The tiny space provides just enough cover to get out of the rain or inclement weather, with a beautiful tile floor beneath. I wonder what famous feet may have stepped this way? That's the charm of Old Town. Our house in Milwaukee was built in the 40's, and the building we live in in DC was built around the 1880's. Neither place can compare, if you like that sort of thing.