In an episode of All in the Family, Archie got mad at Mike and said:
But when he goes besmearing - when he goes besmearing the name of a great line-backer, a second-choice all-American, a man, and I mean a REAL MAN, THEN YOU MIGHT AS WELL SHUT THE DOORS OF THIS COUNTRY AND HANG UP A SIGN, "CLOSED. OWNER GONE NUTS.
Unfortunately, that’s pretty much what has happened here in Washington. If you are visiting the nation’s capital, and are caught up in the Government shutdown, we feel for you.
Substitute the Capitol with the Potomac River (oh, how we’d all love to right now) and the Washington Monument with Washington Masonic Memorial, and you have Alexandria’s equivalent to the National Mall. But instead of green open spaces, this one is King Street, one long shopping mall with dozens of boutique shops.
The White House
It’s big (relatively), it’s white (sort of), and it has a fortress like setting.
John Carlyle was no chief executive but he was very powerful and the Carlyle House is impressive.
And unlike the White House, you don’t have to know anyone in high places to get in to this mansion. Just walk in and the docents will greet you.
What Old Town lacks in numbers, it tries to make up for in age with its museums. Check out Gadby’s, The Lyceum, and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary. Much less to see no doubt, but you won't have to fight crowds and the tours are inimate.
National Gallery of Art
Yes, we know, it’s cruel not being able to be in the same room with Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh. But Alexandrians are pretty darn proud of the artists at The Torpedo Factory. Inside an old munitions building by the water, you’ll find three floors worth of artists, who you can watch at work. Also check out the Alexandria Archaeology Museum on the third floor. All free.
Like U Street and Shaw, the historically black neighborhood Parker-Gray is gentrifying. But just like Ben’s Chili Bowl ain’t going nowhere, so too is the Alexandria Black History Museum a permanent fixture.
Segs in the City
The seaport city does not have segways, but we do have Capital Bikeshare and guided tours that start at the Visitors Center. Ghosts-lovers will delight in all the haunted homes.
Really straining the limits of creative license here, but if you are seeking spiritual solace with high ceilings, Alexandria does have the Gothic-styled St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Christ Church has pews marked for Washington and Lee and an impressive steeple itself.
Also don’t forget our friends at the Old Presbyterian Church Meeting House, or the many other churches in Old Town and the city.
Slightly detached, enclave on a hill, no Metro but an iconic bridge and ferry leads to it, high-end shopping with an air of snobbery – they can all be found at National Harbor.
Ok, we’re going to quit while we’re ahead. Although DC does still have plenty to see, we hope you do consider coming across the river. But we do have to say there is a caveat with Alexandria. George Washington’s footprints are all over the city. I mean, after all, our first President was a Federalist…