This was a spontaneous bit of fun I did when I went to the farmer’s market in Old Town, Alexandria. It’s right near the waterfront, so I wandered down.
It was about 7:30 in the morning and the sun was just coming up. I got this shot of the Potomac River.
I like visiting this area because it’s a mix of both history and the new. This used be a major shipping port in the 1700s. George Washington stopped here on his way from Mount Vernon to Washington, DC.
It was at least several days to travel. Now it takes probably 20-30 minutes, depending on the traffic.
Just up the street is a tavern where people stayed. The tavern made me realize that in many fantasy novels, the writers don’t really have a sense of what the size of one of these places are. It’s pretty small, and you shared rooms with other travelers.
George Washington’s townhouse (a replica) is a few blocks away. There’s also an actual cobblestone street. Very hard to walk on.
I actually like the feel of this area so much I’ve used it as a setting in several stories:
- Nothing Town,
- Ambush Cargo
- Tidying Magic, which is coming out in an upcoming pirate anthology. Ghosts, pirates, and tidying. That’s the Writing Nerd!
Circling back to the farmer’s market, I came across this oddity:
It looks like the city was restoring the base, but seeing the statue suspended like that was very odd, to say the least!