Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Out and About in Old Town

It's been really cold here in Northern Virginia lately. Cold and mostly cloudy and damp. And in that kind of weather, I tend to hibernate; which means I just stay indoors and mope. But over the weekend we had a bit of a break in the wintry weather - Saturday was sunny and not quite as cold. So M and I took that opportunity to venture out for a visit to Old Town Alexandria, to do a little sight-seeing and window-shopping (and shoe shopping, but that's another story). Thought I'd share a few of the photos I took of some of the seasonal decorations. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Old Town is always one of my favorite places to visit during the holidays. All the home and shop owners usually go all-out, in a sort of decorating frenzy.

This year the mood seemed to be a bit subdued compared to other years. Don't know if it's because of the economy, or just a general attitude change, but it all felt a little less exuberant than I've seen it in the past. And I also noticed a tendency to use more artificial decorations and less real greenery, flowers and fruit. And, of course, lots more of those awful LED lights.

Still a lot of very pretty stuff around, though.

Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.
To see many, many more outdoor photos or to post some of your own, please visit her blog.


  1. I love your photos. My brother lived in Alexandria in the 60's and 70's so we got to visit there quite often. It is really a lovely area. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

  2. I love these decorations/doors/windows.My fav is the one with the American flag.


  3. Hi Joy, My daughter and son-in-law lived in this city a few years back , when he was going to medical school in Washington,D.C. We got to visit and I loved the charm of Alexandria..thanks for sharing these pictures..

  4. Love the pictures... I haven't done any decorating..and I don't see it happening in the near future! But I think I can at least put a wreath on my door! Thanks for the push!

  5. Thanks for sharing these pictures of the decorations in Old Town Alexandria. I always enjoy seeing the decorations in historic districts like this.


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