This past weekend I took a trip south to stay near our nation’s capitol. There, I met up with my grandmother and her family friends for some fabulous adventures, excellent site-seeing, and tasty eats. Even though I knew we were staying in Potomac, I somehow told people I was staying in Alexandria. Where I came up with Alexandria, I have no idea but seeing as it was a bit far to the capitol, I had to save the November Project for a separate trip.
My mom had actually grown up in the area and so for years I had heard stories about the town and their home. Finally I was able to piece it all together and loved seeing my grandma’s face light up as she recalled different memories and hilarious stories.
The first and last time that I had visited these family friends was when I was just over 2 years old and had been traveling back from living in England. Here’s a little then and now picture. Ok, we all know that throwback pictures are always cuter 🙂
~ DAY 1 ~
our main goal was to visit the Degas/Cassat exhibit, which was only going to be open until early October! It highlighted the relationship between the two impressionist artists and the impact they had on one another’s art and the movement. I much prefer impressionist art to anything else, so I was one happy camper.
After a couple hours of education, we drove out of the main center and up into Georgetown. There we spent some time shopping and gawking at the people in line for the iphone 6.
While there are plenty of wonderful shops on the main drive, we did the most damage at Vineyard Vines. There, I was proud to pick out my first pieces of whale clothing and they may be the only thing I’m looking forward to about winter. Oh, and I swear, if any man dressed in Vineyard Vines (got to love those patterns) comes up to me, I’m sold. 😉
Joan insisted that I take a picture in front of the famous canal – the same canal that we were walk along on Sunday morning. This reminds me of when I was in Amsterdam and took a picture in front of their canals.
After a day of travel, we were ready to dig in. Of course, now that I write that sentence, I’m completely ready for a juice detox (and I NEVER say that). Anyhoo, off to the famous Peking Restaurant for some gourmet Chinese food. I let our hosts handle the ordering and we ended up with more than enough beef, pork, and noodles to last us for days.
Their claim to fame is the Peking Duck, which is carved right at your table. Nancy and I were not really in the mood for some duck, but maybe another time. With full bellies, we drove back home for some baseball and a good night’s sleep. Day one complete and ready for more marvelous adventures anon!
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ernest Hemingway