A PLEASANT STAY IN OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA


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June 11th 2017
Published: June 14th 2017
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Sunday 11th June

A leisurely start to the day - late light breakfast as we are due for lunch in Georgian old Alexandria on the Potomac riverside



My hostess Rene - and husband Bill took me down to Old Town Alexandria VA

Lunch is in an old warehouse dockside - at Chadwicks on Strand Street.

http://www.chadwicksrestaurants.com


I went healthy - honest Carol! Had Kale & Roasted Beet - Crumbled feta, dried cranberries, spiced walnuts, lemon vinaigrette and salmon - see pic

Our waitress is not long back from living in the UK, turns out to be of Irish descent (snap Rene) - and looking for a job to do with international border security (or something like that, I'm a virgin on this one!) maybe in the intelligence community.




Lucky for her Bill is ex C*A and able to offer advice. Small strange world

Following lunch we visit to the Old Torpedo Factory - now an centre for creative arts

Rene - a graduate potter from my days working at Goldmsith's College, meets and talks with the charming and very helpful Joan Ulrich - salt glaze potter - about their work

* Joan gave Rene a contact at the Smithsonian Freer Galley of Art, in Washington DC, who will give us access to the reserve collection in their vaults

The Smithsonian is a collection of 7 (if I'm up to date) museums and a visitors centre in Washington DC and a number
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Eating healthy at Chadwicks
of others beyond.

From ethnographic collections to, curiously, aerospace

We are due there Monday

Its approaching the 90's and just too hot to trot!




We return early to home stopping for fancy food at Balducci's Food store for supper on the deck

Bill pours a chilled craft beer for tasting - I'm very impressed by the craft beers I've encountered in Virginia so far.

I spend time on the garden deck to the sound of bird song whilst writing this up




I've got video recordings of the glorious bird song in R&B's garden - but unfortunately video facility on this site is suspended atm - sorry! Maybe later



Web addresses:

http://torpedofactory.orghttp://www.chadwicksrestaurants.com
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Bill, Rene and self down on the Harbourside
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Lots of exotic stuff but mind your wallet!
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It's 'only' 80 in the shade!
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