I'll be Walking on Wednesday

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Do you ever get lost in the very thing that attracts you? Do you? Do you focus on that very thing, or does your mind introduce different lines of thought?

Do your thoughts run wild, do you think too much, if the sun comes out and brightens the day? Does it really matter, those inconsequential pieces of wrong logic running through your head? if you can close your eyes and imagine warm thoughts as you walk through life?

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We know that there will be an interruption of service somewhere in the post for the allowance of flowers. Oh, yes. Flowers. There must always be a flower. This picture is dedicated to #WedenedayYellow #ColorChallenge by @Kalemndra, who colors my world every day.

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This post is for my #WednesdayWalk with @tattoodjay. If you post to this challenge, drop your link here. It has all the rules guidelines so that you can join too! Get your shoes on! We have a train to catch!

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Opera anyone?
Come on!! A show of hands!
Who doesn't love opera?

We are taking a walk through Old Town in Virginia on our way to the train station to pick up a friend. I parked near the Opera House, which is only a few blocks away. The train station has parking, but then my #WednesdayWalk with @tattoodjay would be nonexistent. What good would that be?

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The architecture comes from another era, many years ago. Like so many towns in Northern Virginia, you get a warm feeling walking through their towns. I am surrounded by towns like this and I love it. People are always amazed that the Washington, DC metro area has these pockets of pretty. I am always surprised at how small town some of these places are. I find it very easy to slip into life here.

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There is so much that can be said for the friendly manner in which I am greeted when I go into the Post Office and see my people. I take in a plastic jar filled with candy for them. We are on a first-name basis now. It takes so little effort to be kind to people and extend simple courtesies. Wave to my Post Office workers. I bet you will get one back.

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If you look closely at the right side of the building, you can see that it is a barbershop. Always has been. Since the beginning of time.


Take a gander inside. All the old-timers are here at this time of day, drinking coffee, kibitzing with one another. It is where they meet, greet and hash over their day. For sure they don't get their hair cut every single time?

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We have only gone about five blocks, but, if you are like me, a nice cappuccino sounds like a nice diversion, a break in the walk. Slow down, you're moving too fast. We did the brisk run through town and now we will take it down a notch. We are running ahead of schedule. Let's pick an umbrella and take a seat. I will bet we can get a nice one here.

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French Press, s'il vous plaît. I do like my coffee.

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This is one of my favorite places to spend a moment or three. Oh, I love my kindle, but, it will never replace the feel of a book in my hands. I find myself still considering going to the bookstore instead. I love the smell, the very sense of it. I have brought you in here, once upon a time. It is pretty unique and doesn't have only books. Do they ever?

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We are only a minute from the commuter train station from the Pavillion. In this town, this is the meeting place. Farmers Markets are held here, civic events...they even have ice skating in the winter. In the summer, I have spent many moments listening to the music floating through Old Town via the Pavillion. Lawn chairs are set up and blankets are tossed down in the area and suddenly, it is like a night out in the neighborhood.

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It probably feels like we have been on this walk for some time, but we haven't even covered but a tiny piece of the downtown area. Maybe the next time, I'll shake it up a bit and do something a bit more exciting.

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I love that they left this just like it was built, and still used today. Such a quaint little waiting area

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And ... here she comes!

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Thank you so much for joining me on my #WednesdayWalk. I had a wonderful time showing off what makes my day in this area. There is so much to see, so much to do and truly remarkable people to do it with. Life is good. Embrace it!


Love is all around you!

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You can't have everything. But you can have a #WednesdayWalk!


¸.♥´¸.•♥¨) Let the sun shine in on your life
So the joy may touch your soul

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I always post this poem down at the bottom of my posts. It is one that has become so near and dear to my heart. I only post the most famous part of it, but, wanted to post it in its entirety today.

they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered,
"where does it hurt?"
it answered,

"everywhere"
"everywhere"
"everywhere"

warsan shire



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There is always so much charm to a small town. Yes it is so so pretty. Everything quaint and nice. Life in the slow(er) lane. Always seemed to make sense to me. No doubt there is more money in the big town, but like old John Cougar Mellencamp said, "I can breath in a small town". Such a nice looking day in Camelot, as always. A true picture of Americana right there. I love it.

Small towns are both the absolute best and worst. They offer the open friendships of few people living in an area and knowing each other, some their whole lives. They also offer no privacy on most matters which I see as a downer.

If something unfortunate happens to you in life, everyone knows and remembers. Oi!

Best friends are made and kept throughout life. Bonus. Good and bad. Not sure which is better. Small or not.

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Wow!! Really? That is so awesome! Thank you for telling me!

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And thank you. xo

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I love your tour of this charming place looks so quaint and welcoming

I have a question though am I meant to raise my hand if I do like Opera or don't? LOL
What a delightful Wednesday Walk post :)

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Thank you! I do love the Washington, DC metro area. It is so different than people really think it is. And if you get out a few miles, I would even call it downright charming. :)

Yes. You were meant to raise your hand! Did you? LOL, I probably should go back and fix it, but, maybe I will just leave it. Thank you so much and thank you for the tipu! I had a delightful Wednesday and I do so love your walkabouts.

Have a great night!

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Oh, you know I can't resist!

LOL I did raise my hand but I won't say which one for LOL

Ohh yes I know you cannot resist the tips and thanks so much for the tip :)

I just know you raised the correct hand! That is all that counts! Right? Hehe! I hope you have a peaceful evening and just keep rubbing that genie lamp that keeps my internet from crashing!

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Like always amazing pictures dear 💖

Thank you so much @denissemata for the kind words. I hope all is well in your world and that you have a great night!

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What a beautiful post, @dswigle. I love the glow in the light this time of year. My husband has explained the science behind it to me, and it’s evidently all about the angle of the sun. All I know is that there is a lovely warmth to outdoor pictures in the fall!

Your train station pictures are fantastic. What a picturesque place!

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I do so love the lower angle of the sun at this time of year, it gives such perfect light off. The glow! Yes! That is an excellent way of putting it.

It is an old train station and it is rather convenient to use instead of going into DC. Plus it reminds me of Hooterville in Petticoat Junction as there is a barbershop near and a hotel (actually B&B) and it is a quaint little town close to mine.

Thank you for stopping in and saying hello! You are always such a pleasure!

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Short walk but so beautiful every part of it you almost feel like your in Europe 🌝

Oh, yes!!! But, it was long enough to get my #WednesdayWalk across! It would tire these poor people out if I made them go for a really long walk. Plus, I would bore them out of their skulls!

This isn't Thailand, you know! Nothing great to show them!

Hehe! Hey, it is always good to see you and thank you for stopping by and saying hello! Always appreciated! Have a great day, Angelo! @hangin

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You did well and your friends would have loved you for i when for the longest walk today you know when your in that walking mood and things just get better and better as you walk along well this park i walked today just blow me out a 8 hour walk no stop there was so much beauty in this park i didn't want to leave it will write all about it soon 😜

Ohhh! Did you buy lunch?

#MarektFriday! :) Kidding. Sounds amazing! You have the best places!

Na missed lunch to excited walking...lol 😜

Haha! No way!

Really i do that a lot as long as i got my water 😜

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Thank you my dear friend 🌝

What a beautiful old town. I am envious. It must be nice to be able to spend time there:) Happy Wednesday:)

Oh, you live in a wonderful town!!! I love it! This isn't my town, but, close enough to make it fun to visit. I want to thank you for always coming over to say hello and leaving your words behind!!

Have a great Thursday!

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Red buildings are always fascinating to me!

I love brick too! It is very prevalent around here. Brick is made in a lot of the counties and is a cheaper way to build, although only if your town manufactures them! :)

Thank you for stopping by and saying hello!!!

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We don't have much brick red building here, only a few. I don't know why they looks more attractive to me. 🙂

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They're different. They don't build that many all brick buildings anymore. It used to be more common than what it was. Brick companies used to employ The Whole Town's, making bricks for houses and other structures. I personally like them.

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All photography very beautiful. Love is all around you.

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Thank you so much! I hope you have a most wonderful day!

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"The train station has a parking, but then my #WednesdayWalk with @tattoodjay would be nonexistent." Hahaha! 😂 I love that!!! Exercise and photowalking in one! Hmmm, why not do it myself?!? Hahaha! 🤔🤔

Thank you for taking us there. Your town is beautiful. 😍

Well, it was totally true!!! LOL

Without #WednesdayWalk, I would have parked at the train station. :) But, I had to get one in anyway, so might as well make it a good one, right? It was a fun little walk, eyeballing all the little places in the town and every grabbing a cup of coffee! :)

Thank you, my sweet friend, for stopping over and saying hello! Have a great Thursday!

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That was fun walking through town! I would love to visit the bookstore. I don't know of any small bookstores in my area anymore. We do have a big Barnes and Noble but all the small ones are long gone : (

We still have quite a few of them here and they do quite well. But they've been around forever and ever and many people bring their kids in for storytime. Do you remember story time at the library? We have it at our library and it was a huge crowd that you show up to have a story read to them. I sure do miss all the fun little things that these little stores did for people. Most of them I never got to experience but you have always been the stories about them. LOL hi, Ross! I hope all is well in your world. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello!

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Thank you! In elementary school i had a few teachers who would read to us after lunch. I loved it! :) We used to have some great bookstores but they are all gone now : (

That is so sad! Frankly I'm surprised that we have so many little bookstores left but we do and they are thriving here in the area! I think this means that you need to move out east! :)

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Thank you very much!

Hello Beautiful
I see a very beautiful station, I love the waiting room.
the flowers you know I love them
happy day heaven

Hello my very beautiful friend! Happy day to you and although I really love cities, sometimes the little tiny towns are very quaint. Sort of old timey and fun to walk through. Thank you for stopping by and saying hello, leaving your words behind.

Happy Thursday! Besos!

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hello beautiful the towns are always beautiful for the city girls, haha the same if we lived in one we would not appreciate it
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Jaja!

Sé que tienes razón. Me encanta, pero solo por el momento.

seguro que se nos hacia pequeño

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great capture...

Thank you so much for the kind words. I wish you a great night.

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Another wonderful walk in your company! Brightened up my Thursday! 😍

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Oh my dear! You brighten up my day every time you take those lovely dogs for a walk, right through my blog! I hope all is well with life in France, and someday I would love to hear the story of how you came to make that home. It's funny because that was always my dream, to live in France and sit at the cafe all day saying ooh la la to all the people. Of course, that was when I was before 10 years old and now I know that I would just have to say Bisous! To all my friends!

Happy Thursday! Thank you for stopping by and saying hello, leaving your words behind!

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What a beautiful walk @dswigle! I love my post office too!!!! They're so friendly, I love visiting them :) I'll have to take candy in the next time I visit, what a wondreful idea! Nothing like the quaint feeling of old architecture, hanging flowers, outdoor seating at the cafe. Have a fun time with your friend!

Thank you so much! I do love the nostalgic feeling of these little towns and believe it or not Washington DC has many of them in the peripherals of all of the political messes. I guess it's a good place for them to escape and disappear into the landscape. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do for a living, if you're walking about town nobody will bother you. I can remember years ago when I lived in the district the first time, George Stephanopoulos when he was a baby, used to be on the streets all the time and nobody ever paid mind to him. Maybe I was young and stupid but he was just a person. Anyway, thank you for taking the walk with me and enjoying the scenery just as I do. I hope that you have a most wonderful Thursday and I want to say it is always a pleasure to see you.

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very beautiful capture

Thank you so very much! I appreciate you stopping by and say hello. Happy Thursday to you!

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Amiga buen dia,en cada fotografia demuestra su jovialidad y forma de ver la vida asi de bella florida,cada imagen me hace pensar que su espiritu esta feliz,que su corazon es alegria,que lindos lugares trajo a mi vista hoy,saludos y Dios me la cuide

Hola mi amigo. Esto es en realidad 10 millas de Washington, DC, no de Florida. Es un lugar muy pintoresco y hermoso, y me encanta venir aquí, caminar por las calles y parar un momento en el café y solo observar a la gente. Mis oraciones están con su familia y el pueblo de Venezuela.

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Charming old town shots in your photo essay. The first Art photo is terrific.

Thank you so much! You always leave such uplifting and positive comments! Have a brilliant day!

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This Northern Virginia era is really looking nice and cool and thanks for sharing.

Thank you so much! I hope you are having a great day! I know it is beautiful here!

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Every time I see these posts of yours I think you live in the past or like walking through a movie set, I expect to see the director and the image director ...
It seems incredible that there are such places.
I'm glad you chose this topic and show us these places. The station also exists in Romania but unfortunately they are left to be demolished.

Hehe! That is funny! The United States has so many different jackets it wears, in each part of the country, it is very unique. I have moved because of work over 23 times and have lived in various places. I find it interesting and yes! It is like a movie set! I see exactly what you see.

Like Pleasantville!

I am sure that the stations they are demolishing were leftover from the communist regime and didn't have the updates to keep them safe. Better safety.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

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Yes, you are right about the stations in Romania.
You moved 23 times ... ohhhh ... I saw that this is part of the culture and customs of Americans but for me it seems a lot.

No, most don't ever move. It is rare to move that much, but, not in certain jobs. You must move to advance. I actually thought I would never move from the place I was born and raised.

I loved it there and I never imagined ever leaving. I know everyone thinks Americans move a lot, but, most don't. The thing that has changed a lot is a lot of children go to college away from home, across the country or whatever fits them. Then upon graduation, they may stay right there in that town.

In that way, it has changed. Twenty-three times is a lot for anyone. But, it was a choice made when I was young and wanted to see the world. :)

Understand ... this perception of repeated moves is because of the movies. It is a common theme in American films and expresses a freedom of movement that I have associated with America.

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Thank you very much, Denise!

I love Wednesdaywalk help me get to know places I've never been able to visit!

I do too! They are places I usually go all the time, but, it is something I usually don't think about blogging about. So, that has been awesome!

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

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That's a fantastic looking little town! I also remember the first time I went to Herndon, VA; I was also very surprised that there was a pocket of "old time town" in the midst of all the hustle, bustle, and urban jungle that is DC and Reston. Such a quaint little place! Thanks for sharing.

It's funny but there are so many of those towns right here around the edges of DC. It takes you about 5 minutes in your downtown but for the moment you have all of this Andy of Mayberry right at your doorstep. So every time somebody asked me how I can live in DC, I simply say it's easy and I love it. There's a lot of pockets like that in the Baltimore area also. All these pockets of pretty. Hey you! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I have been a little bit remiss and visiting anybody because it has been three weeks with the internet and I'm sitting with no internet on a market Friday right now so I am not a happy person. Have a great night!

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A sweet sunny day, a beautiful nostalgic place, a leisurely walk, a cup of coffee, flowers and sweets ... life was a success :-))
Thank you, I enjoyed walking with you !

What a lovely walk @dswigle, I love small towns, where people smile and wave, even if you have never actually met. That's the place I live in now that I am retired, a small town, in Upstate NY...the pace is slower and everyone takes the time to smile and wave.

Do you ever get lost in the very thing that attracts you?

Yup...every day!

What a grand tour of the area! Love the railroad station and tracks! Reminds me of the Old West.

That's so funny and so true! It's an Old Town on the fringes of Washington DC and I just love going to all of them. There's a lot of little ones surrounding the district. It's funny that they should have all these old Rail stations, but they are still in use and used very well.

As a matter of fact , I will be using one for a trip here very soon. Once in awhile I like to take an old fashioned train just for the nostalgic feeling. Lol thank you for stopping by and saying hello, leaving your words behind.

Happy Thursday!

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