Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I'm Back!!!!


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Well, I made it back in one piece. Had a really good trip (for work) to Washington DC. We stayed in the Gaylord hotel which is located right on the Potomac River just across from Alexandria, Virginia. Most of my time those five days I was gone was spent in meetings or preparing for meetings, but my co-workers and I did have a free afternoon/evening to check out the surrounding area. We ended up taking a ferry across the Potomac to Old Towne Alexandria, VA. It was BEAUTIFUL there. I just love the historic, quaint feeling of the place.


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The picture at the top is what the hotel looked like from the ferry.


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Cobblestone sidewalks and rows and rows of historic homes and just pretty architecture and such “atmosphere”. We walked and walked and finally found Christ Church, which was beautiful. It was getting dark by the time we arrived. I did take some pictures of the old headstones. Some of them dated back to the late 1700’s. How cool is that? The lighting was so low and I didn’t have my tripod so it was difficult to get good pictures. I’ll post a few that I turned out OK.


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We also ate dinner at a really nice restaurant. It is always nice when your company picks up the tab at an expensive restaurant! I had the pecan crusted chicken and it was fantastic! We really enjoyed the ferry ride back that night as you could see the Washington DC skyline in the distance with the Washington Monument and US Capitol Building in view. There was a tour they call the “Monument Tour” that would take you on a 2-hour boat ride and you could get off to see the monuments and explore on your own, but we didn’t have time to do it. It was such a nice evening though, we really enjoyed ourselves.


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This is what it looked like as the monuments came into view. You can see them wayyyy off in the distance.


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(my co-workers and I enjoying our cruise!)

Here are a couple of shots of Alexandria.


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I returned late Sunday night and Monday morning it was back to reality. I've been meaning to write ever since I returned, but work has kept me busy as well as the huge pile of laundry that accumulated when I was gone.

Our trip home was uneventful except the guy I got stuck next to in the plane felt the need to sit as if he were a giant TRIANGLE – with his elbows taking up both arm rests and jabbing into my “personal space” and into my seat the entire 3 hour flight. And he wasn’t a cute young single guy either. UGH. Quite the opposite. A somewhat burly older man. Lovely. I couldn’t believe the guy was so oblivious. His body (legs included) just seemed to flop into my space. I was soo close to saying something to him, but I so hate to “rock the boat” that I did not. At one point, when he leaned up to get something and removed his right elbow from the arm rest we shared (he took up the entire thing), I quickly put my left elbow on the arm rest. Well, that didn’t phase him! He just put his arm right on top of mine thank you very much!!! And the entire time I’m having to have this guy’s arm laying up against me. YUCK! I wanted to suggest to him to purchase two seats next time. I was never so glad for a flight to be over with! Oh and I should add that at one point, I looked down and no kidding, there was a FLEA (ok, it could have been a gnat, but it sure looked like a flea) on my left hand!!! Not enough that the guy was oblivious and inconsiderate…he also had fleas!!!! (HA HA – it is humorous now in the retelling of this, but at the time it wasn’t very funny)

Oh yea and here are a couple more pics of the grounds of the Gaylord. Really nice!!!

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6 comments:

Robyn said...

Fleas??? Oh my. I was just thinking what a lovely trip you'd had when I read the bit about the guy on the plane....ick! Glad you're home :)

Kailani said...

OMG! Fleas! I'm itching just thinking about it!

Kailani
An Island Life

Rebekah said...

glad you made it back

AVCR8TEUR said...

Lovely trip report. I always liked to visit D.C. and other historical sites. Regarding the guy next to you on the plane, maybe he was just testing you. On one of my flights, I was sitting next to a sick guy who kept coughing and sneezing into one of those plane pillows.

Big Mama said...

Sounds like a fantastic trip, marred only by Pointy Elbow Flea Motel. LOL!

Michelle said...

You had a great view! My mom and her husband were married in Old Town Alexandria...it's such a nice, quaint, touristy town :)