The Cherry Blossom is a re-creation of a 19th century riverboat. Operated by City Cruises, it’s available for special events. The water taxi in the foreground is also operated by City Cruises and provides regular trips to DC and National Harbor.


    Alexandria’s town crier at City Hall calling to order the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Fairfax Resolves. Written by George Washington and George Mason, they were the foundation for the Declaration of Independence in response to the Coercive Act by British Parliament.


    The Old Town Shop is at the corner of S Union St and Wales Alley. They have a variety of local gifts, Old Town Alexandria (OTX) branded items and more. It’s housed in part of what used to be Fitzgerald’s Warehouse (c. 1797), built by George Washington’s aide-de-camp, John Fitzgerald.


    This house on Duke St (on the right) clearly replaced two windows on the first floor for one wider one. The brick arches give it away as well as the similar house next door that still has the two narrower windows.


    Jones Point Park is located at the south end of Old Town Alexandria and is part of the National Park Service. It stretches under the Virginia side of the Woodrow Wilson bridge. There are trails, playgrounds, fishing, a lighthouse, and more.


    1000 Prince St sits on the corner of S Patrick St. The Internet says this Victorian townhome is actually four individual one bedroom units.


    These are the Harborside Townhomes. Prime real estate nestled between S Union St, Ship Yard park, Wolfe St, and the Potomac River. They even have their own docks!


    This was the home of Dr. James Craik, built in 1796. Craik was the personal physician of George Washington and at his side when Washington died. The small flounder house to the left is the Coryell house whose family owned the ferries used in the famous Delaware crossing on Xmas Eve 1776.


    I drive the George Washington Parkway most work days. Today there was enough traffic at just the right spot to slow down (stop completely) and appreciate the view.


    This house on South Pitt St was built in 1789. It sits on almost 1/4 acre and has an “award winning landscaped garden” (according to the Internet).


    The color pop of the yellow door almost hides the fact that they also have a cool, blue metal roof on this home on South Royal Street.


    This place has a great little front yard. I’m curious if they have any back yard left after building so far away from the road.


    Apparently, when you don’t have a yard or garage you have to have an alley sale.


    Back from the land of ranch style houses on a decent sized lot to colonial townhomes nestled together.

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    We’re back from about 10 days in the San Francisco Bay Area. We stayed in Sonoma in an AirBNB close to family. We had lots of great time with them. My son came down from Oregon for a couple days. We saw lots of old favorites and a couple new favorites. Go Giants!

    Dillon BeachView of San Francisco from Marin Headlands. Golden Gate Bridge in foregroundMission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma with a historic marker for the end of El Camino Real in the foregroundCoit TowerAntique truck pulling a hot air balloon basket blowing fire in the Sonoma July 4th paradeView of Oracle Park baseball park from the standsLumber mill framework in Old Mill park in Mill Valley, CAView of San Francisco peninsula from the top of Mount TamalpaisView of Point Reyes lighthouse and Pacific Ocean from the observation deck above itFront of San Francisco Ferry BuildingSonoma City Hall in the center of the town plaza at dusk


    Taking a break for a bit. I’ll be back with some more photos to share eventually.

    (This is a painting of my dog that my daughter did for me for Father’s Day)


    Yet another spite house, but this one on Prince St measures three inches wider than the one on Queen St. A whole 7ft 9in wide.


    At the bottom right you can just make out the Basilica St. Mary Catholic Church’s spire behind these homes on Wolfe St. They ring the bells every hour. Feels like a little European village.


    George Washington endowed a school here in 1785 for orphan children. This is now the HQ for the Campagna Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping under-served children and their families.


    The Hollensbury Spite House is considered the skinniest house in the US. It measures 7 ft 6 in (2.3m) and was built in 1830 to stop people loitering in the alley of the house next door.

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