|View from Ft. Meyer-Henderson Hall.|
But it can be.
We hadn't intended to spend the weekend in the city as politics gets on my last nerve, and we figured that the 9/11 weekend would be freighted with babbelry and nonsense. No self-respecting politician would miss an opportunity to opine to the throngs, even on what should be a sacred day. This being the distinguishing feature of politicians in general, a decided lack of reverence for all things we citizens hold dear.
Alexandria is a beautiful setting from which to visit the city. You get to sit across the river from the pundits and still enjoy the view…can’t hear the foolishness…not even an echo, and it's a quick metro ride to the Mall.
You forget that American does have beautiful architecture, large boulevards and that old country charm. Getting away from it all can be as simple as driving across the bridge to Alexandria and finding that quaint get-away.
A glass of Harvey’s on our second story veranda in the evening was so enjoyable as to make the whole weekend a delight. The setting is that idyllic.They say familiarity breeds contempt...I'm inclined to believe that this premise holds true only if the thing you're becoming familiar with was contemptible in the first place.
While politics and those who practice it may fall from our favor, grand cities are a joy forever. and Washington, DC is no exception. For the mix of charm and grandeur, I rank it up there with other cities I have visited; Heidelberg, Berlin, Paris.
As for our weekend, it was a great success. Just the right mix of relaxation and tourism.