Eclectic Nature Revisited

July 29, 2006
Eclectic Nature

Previously I shared an image of only the entrance to Eclectic Nature, a Del Ray garden center, because at the time there were cars parked everywhere, making SNUDs out of themselves. (SNUD is a photographic term I made up. It means Something Nasty, Ugly or Distracting.) Today it was closed, so I was able to show much more. I didn’t explain so well last time that Eclectic Nature is not a public garden to walk around in. It’s a plant nursery where you can also get interesting accessories for the garden like statuary and banners.


Look Through Any Window (Except This One)

July 28, 2006

Look Through Any Window (Except This One)

It may not be immediately obvious from the photo, but the window on the left of this Del Ray antiques shop on Mt. Vernon Avenue is really a mural.

If you’re humming and you’re not sure why, all that pot smoking you did in the 1960s affected your memory. I was going to tell you something else, too, but I can’t think of it right now. If you don’t have a clue as to what I’m babbling about, click here.

My thanks to Passante of Picturing Washington DC, from whom I shamelessly stole this idea.


Hablamos Español

July 27, 2006
Hablamos Español

This shop on Mt. Vernon Avenue caters to its many Hispanic customers who live in the Arlandria-Chirilagua neighborhood adjacent to Del Ray. Oh my goodness, Toto! We’re not in Old Town any more! Nope. You’d never see a shop like this in Old Town. In Del Ray the businesses don’t cater to tourists. They cater to residents who need to get things and get things done.


Mancini’s

July 26, 2006

A stone’s throw from Al’s Steak House (you can see Al’s sign on the far left) is Mancini’s. I love what they did with the wall. In case you can’t tell from the picture, the little alcove with the sunflowers is painted on.


Al’s Steak House

July 25, 2006
Al's Steak House

I should write an Alexandria restaurant guide because I love eating out, and I love sharing the best and most interesting places on Alexandria Daily Photo. Haven’t eaten here yet, but Al’s Steak House on Mt. Vernon Avenue has been a Del Ray landmark since 1956. Their specialty is Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.

I wonder if that telephone gets used any more.

Update: Al died in August 2015, and Al’s Steak House closed shortly thereafter.


Fireflies Cafe

July 24, 2006

Fireflies Cafe

Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray is the main drag where most of the restaurants and cafes are located. Too bad for me! Fireflies was closed this afternoon when I came by.


Caboose Cafe

July 23, 2006
Caboose Cafe

Thought you might need a little snack or something, after the train ride.