Sunday, August 17, 2014

Historic Alexandria, Gadsby's Tavern, and Carlyle House

One last day before college. One last day to spend as a family before everything changed. Years ago my husband and I stayed with his sister in Alexandria but we never got to see the historic section. In 2004 we drove the crowded streets and parked in a packed garage so we could take the kids, then 8 and 10, on a whirlwind trip of Washington DC via a boat ride. A rough and bumpy boat ride. Who knew the Potomac was that wild? Now we decided for our last moment of adventure before sending my son off to college, we'd explore Historic Alexandria to see what it had to offer.

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At Gadsby's Tavern we enjoyed a delicious brunch!

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This take on eggs benedict included fresh crab from the nearby Chesepeake! I'm not a fan of American fries at all, but these were the most delicious potatoes I've ever had. They were wonderfully crispy!

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Guarding the Potomac...

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Our afternoon jaunt all about town finally brought us back to Gadsby's Tavern where we got to see the old ice house!

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 Eventually we stumbled upon Carlyle House, which even the visitor center hadn't told us about!  The gardens were lovely.

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We caught the last tour of the day, which was quite interesting.  Mr. Carlyle was a most unique individual in his day, which accounted for the reason why his house looked different from everyone elses.
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And thus summer came to an end.

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