Thursday, March 17, 2011

Old Town Alexandria, VA

There's no better way to spend Valentine's Day than a date with your one and only? And this year, we did our first out-of-the-country date. Obviously because we ARE out of the country!!! We spent our first February 14 as a married couple in Old Town Alexandria. Not that we do celebrate Valentine's Day, but it was coincidental that that day she was free to go out that day. It was also fortunate for us because amidst the winter chill, February 14 in Virginia is extraordinarily warm. It was around 70degrees that day.

King Street Station (Blackberry Bold 9780)

Old Town Alexandria is just a few stations away from our place via Metro. After getting off at the King Street stop (also famous for the George Washington Masonic Memorial), you take a FREE trolley ride to tour the King Street. You can also decide to take a walk if you wish to experience the cobblestone sidewalks and the quaint feel. Should you decide to take the trolley, it will drive you to King Street, up until it reaches the harbor. You can sit and relax at the harbor, where you can see the beautiful view of the Potomac River and take pictures of ducks and seagulls.
Old Town Harbor (Canon Powershot A590is)

Bubbles and I stayed a few minutes at the harbor. After that, our stomachs called for our departure. We headed for King Street again to eat lunch. Old Town offers a number of restaurants, pubs, ice cream shops, antique stores (not for eating) and other places where people can shop and dine. We decided to dine in the Fish Market. Why Fish Market? We got intrigued by the Lobster Pasta in its menu. :)

Because it was Valentine's Day, most restaurants offer good-for-two packages for lunch and dinner. But we did chose not to take on those offers. So we ordered a different set of menu. We got the Neptune Salad and of course, the reason for us choosing this place, the Lobster Pasta. We split the orders so the pictures taken were just half of the size of the serving.

Neptune Salad
Lobster Pasta
The Neptune Salad was a treat and the Lobster Pasta was even better! The Neptune Salad's combination of vergetables and crab cakes were fantastic, while the Lobster Pasta's creamy sauce makes you want to ask for more. But of course, reality check would make you think twice as the cream base and the meat would definitely give you extra miles of running. :)

After lunch, we took a stroll at King Street and other side streets with old-style houses and roads. It was beautiful, the only thing lacking were horses in carriages and men in old civil war uniform.

Old Town Alexandria was witness to the American Civil War, and people and the government made sure that the structures and roads remain the same. We walked towards the visitor center, a house which was the oldest in Old Town.

We walked a few more streets and found a lot of picture-worthy structures and sights. :)

Cobblestones (Canon Powershot A590is)
River Tours (Canon Powershot A590is)

Old Gazette House

Restored Old House

My first time at Old Town was fun! Thanks to Bubbles for taking me here. We're definitely going back soon and will try the other restaurants and taverns.

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