We headed to DC on Thursday and stayed just outside the city with two of our friends, Ben and Georgina, for the first night. We stayed up way too late playing Ticket To Ride. Have you played this game? It’s addicting. Adam has since purchased it on his iPad and we played for two hours straight the other night. I digress.
The next day we woke up bright and early and headed to Alexandria to walk around, explore and grab some breakfast since we had plenty of time to kill before we could check into our hotel. Ben recommended La Pain Quotidien, so Adam and I headed straight there and settled into a cozy corner in the back of the restaurant ready to fuel up, feeling the excitement of the three days that lie ahead of us. I love that feeling at the very beginning of the first day of a trip. I always wish I could bottle it up somehow. I sit there and try. I always think to myself, “you will want to relive this moment in a week”. So I soak it up as much as I can, but it’s never quite enough.
For breakfast, we ordered a bread basket that came with a few different kinds of bread, three kinds of delicious spreads, fresh squeezed orange juice and amazing coffee. We also ordered an omelette to share. I can never decide if I should go savory or sweet when we eat breakfast out and so this whole sharing thing? Well, it’s the perfect solution. Thankfully, Adam agrees.
Breakfast at La Pain Quotidien was just what we needed. Such a lovely dining experience and delicious food. Pain au chocolat and good coffee first thing in the morning made me feel like I was back in Europe. Our bellies were full and we were off to explore DC.
The view of Alexandria from the steps of the George Washington Masonic Memorial
We spent the first half of the day in historic Alexandria. We walked the waterfront, despite how cold and windy it was (in MAY). I honestly forgot how much I missed living near the water. I like the mountains, but oh my heart lies near the ocean. If I didn’t know it before, I was reminded in that moment. We explored the shops in Alexandria some more and picked up a bag of the best salt water taffy we’ve ever had. Once we were finished exploring, we headed to explore the George Washington Masonic memorial. Adam’s grandfather was a freemason, so it was neat to see some of it’s history. Once we were done with that, we headed toward Arlington where we’d be staying the next few nights.