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National Harbor, MD

We arrived yesterday after our relatively uneventful flight – always something to be thankful for these days!  We had an early morning call and arrived in DC around 1:30 pm EST.  It took time to get the rental car picked up, then to get to the timeshare.  We checked in, parked the car, and headed out to see what National Harbor was all about.  It was pretty quiet in the middle of the afternoon.  We set out to take the water taxi over to Old Alexandria.  We had just missed the taxi and the next one wouldn’t leave for just over an hour.

After looking around, we saw a patio and decided to head there for a snack and drink.  The restaurant was Rosa Mexicano.  We were seated on the patio.  The view was lovely.  The service once we got it was good.  We had drinks with chips and housemade guacamole.  It was a lovely kickoff to our evening adventure.

View from the patio

After waiting an hour, the water taxi arrived and we purchased round trip tickets to head over to Alexandria.

Commander Jacques was the water taxi for the day
National Harbor
Arriving in Old Town Alexandria port

Our arrival was now after 5pm and we discovered that the Art Building was closed early for a private event.  We headed towards King Street.  We passed by an older gentleman playing sweet melodies on crystal glasses all with unique sizes and amounts of water in them.  He told me he was raised in a musical family and had been playing like this for 40 years!  He transports the glasses empty and sets them up and tunes them by ear each time he plays.  Now that’s dedication to an art!

We hopped on the King Street Trolley and rode it up the street to the train station where we got off to walk the return trip to the pier.  The trolley recording was a little hard to hear over the laughing girls that boarded so we missed a lot of the details that they of course took for granted so didn’t listen to!  It kept referring to a map at the front of the trolley that did not appear to exist.  We found maps eventually at the Visitor Center.

Once off, we meandered slowly back looking at the shops, the architecture, and whatever else we might see.  We tired quickly after our long day so likely missed some interesting side jaunts.  It was a mix of old and new – filled with history of famous Americans who walked and rode on those very streets.  It is one of the oldest preserved historical communities.  George Washington amongst many others hung out and drank beer in the area, held property both in and near Alexandria.  I marvel at the idea of walking in those ancestors with the foresight to create a country based on freedom.  While it seems so long ago to me, it is really only a short time ago comparatively speaking.

After wandering we grabbed some homemade coffee ice cream at The Creamery and headed back to the pier for the return trip.  We wandered along the neighboring park trail for a bit as the sun was setting over the city.   No horizon line could be seen of course, but we were there at sunset.  The boat arrived a little later and we were once more transported across the river by water taxi.

We had a very nice fast salad at the Crab Cake Cafe on our way back to the timeshare.  It was a delicious way to end the evening.  The salad was fresh; the shrimp on mine was perfectly prepared; the dressing was delicious.

Free Trolley in Old Town


3 Comment

  1. Having lived in Alexandria, VA prior to retiring to Delaware, I loved the water glass musician. Glad to see he’s still playing. We used to hear him while on the way to the Alexandria Boat Club at the bottom of King Street (I don’t believe it’s there anymore). Nice memories.

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