Saturday, June 22, 2013

Back from Virginia and DC

We are back fom our short vacation and family trip to Fredericksburg VA and Washington DC. The weather was lovely, visiting family was fun (as always) and we enjoyed DC.

Fredericksburg is a lovely old Virginia town at the site of one of the Civil War's notorious battles fought December 11–15, 1862. Burnside's Army of the Potomac was unable to displace the Confederate Army of Virginia led by Robert E. Lee. The union forces withdrew on December 15th. Today along with the Historic Battlefield, Fredericksburg is home to the University of Mary Washington and a beautiful downtown right on the river. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Barvarian Chef one evening.
Old Print of the Battle of Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Battlefield National Monument
Old Mansions abound in Fredericksburg
We were then off to our nation's capital, Washington DC, for a couple of days of museum strolling and shopping. Georgetown is always a great walk, even if the shops are a bit upscale and lunch at the Peacock Cafe on Prospect was superb.

This visit we visited the American Art Museum for a Contemporary Folk Art exhibit and the Hirshhorn Museum for a splendid exhibit: Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-present. (More on these two exhibits in a future post.)

Both the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Gallery of Art have sculpture gardens that are definitely worth strolling through.
WOW! This is a large typewriter eraser!
A Tall Chair Ladder
Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art House
Roly-Polys in the Hirshhorn Garden
Giant Spider in the National Art Gallery Garden
Washington also has a lot of small parks and gardens where flowers are putting on a colorful display right now. Our hotel also had a spectacular flower arrangement in the lobby.
The lobby in our hotel.

Garden near the Mall

On our last day we headed down to Old Town Alexandria, an old waterfront town on the Potomac River. We took a long stroll on King Street, had lunch at an outdoor cafe and spent a while at the Torpedo Art Factory, which is an interesting community concept combining artist studios with sales outlets for the artists. It is right on the waterfront as well.
Old Town Alexandria
Shopping along King Street
Torpedo Art Factory on the Alexandria Waterfront
Our nation's capital and surrounding areas are a great place to visit. It is filled with art and culture, antiques and boutiques, great food and countless events.

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