Hello blog friends! I'm finally getting back into my regular routine after spending most of the week on Eastern time. Let me tell you -- that three hour time difference is killer! Since I'm not a morning person to start with, getting up three hours earlier than normal was quite challenging (hello grumpy girl!). Needless to say, I was very reliant on (and thankful for) Sugar-Free Red Bull to get me through the mornings.
I spent the majority of my time in the Old Town Alexandria area, which I fell in love with. The cobblestone sidewalks, lined with shops and eateries was too charming to resist! On the last day of my trip, I was fortunate enough to have the majority of the day open to tour DC. While I wasn't there nearly long enough, I certainly made good use of the little time I had (I have a deep heel blister to prove it!).
I created two layouts to highlight my trip. The first, titled Alexandria, was designed using the using the current Sketchy Thursday's 7.21 sketch.
Product Credits: Digital Kits (Paislee Press Montage & Firefly, One Little Bird Billet Doux, Sahlin Studios Grandma's Dresser) + Alpha (One Little Bird Delightful Alphas) + Sketch (Sketchy Thursdays 7.21)
ALEXANDRIA | As journaled: July 17-20 -- I traveled to the Alexandria, VA to attend a certification course for work. While there, I stayed in the Old Town area, which was quite cute & quaint. The bricklined sidewalks & streets were lined with many unique restaurants & shops. The photo montage depicts some random shots taken from my phone. As shown, left to right, top to bottom: 1. The sky just outside of Charlotte on the way to DC. 2. A small aviation shop I found. 3. Guinness & Cider. 4. A Guinness cupcake from Alexandria Cupcakes. Divine! 5. A view of the Potomac River. 6. A fun shot I had to take because it had Bugsy’s name. 7. O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant where I had some yummy fish & chips and the Guinness shown above. 8. Garlic Bagel with Bacon Horseradish Cream Cheese. One of the best combos I’ve ever had!
My next layout, titled DC in a Day, documents the whirlwind morning/afternoon I spent walking around the National Mall in DC.
DC in a Day | As journaled: July 20, 2011 - After spending a few days in the DC area for work, I had the opportunity to explore the sights of our nation’s capital for a few hours before I had to fly home. I awoke at 5:30am because I wanted to hit the walking paths before the summer heat & humidity became unbearable. After a stop at DCA to stow my luggage, I arrived in DC around 8am. My first stop was the Washington Monument, followed by the World War II Memorial & the Lincoln Memorial. Next, I visited the Korean War Memorial & the Vietnam Memorial before heading toward the White House. The Capitol was my final walking destination before touring the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. I finished my day with a visit to the National Gallery of Art, and then headed back to DCA to fly home. It was a whirlwind tour at it’s best, but even so, I’m happy I had the opportunity to dip my toes into the history & culture. I can’t wait until my next chance to visit!
This is one of the more simple layouts I've made in recent time -- with minimal embellishment and papers. But, I really wanted the emphasis to be on the photos, which I think I accomplished with this design.
I hope to have the chance to travel back to the DC/Alexandria area again very soon. There is so much there to see and do, and so much history and culture to explore. If you've been to the area, what's your favorite sight or thing to do?