Our trip into Washington DC today was to explore the city of Alexandria, an old port on the banks of the Potomac river.
As you alight from the metro at the top of King Street which bisects Alexandria, you cannot miss the George Washington National Masonic Monument, which faces straight down the street.
We took the free trolley bus down to the waterfront and then walked back. From Alexandria there is a water taxi across the river to National Harbour as well as pleasure cruises up the river to see Washington's Monuments or down to see Mount Vernon and Fort Washington.
This wonderful old paddle steamer is available for party cruises and events.
The huge Art Deco torpedo factory building, put up after WWI - which is now an arts centre - dominates the waterfront area.
Walking back up the Main Street there are many restaurants, speciality shops and even a few thrift stores. It was warm enough, once the sun came out, for people to sit outside.
This colourful restaurant on a side street caught our eye, as did this rather unusual vehicle and cargo outside the 'Hard Times' cafe.