Welcome fellow Blogtrotters! My name is Vicki and my family and I currently live in Arlington, Virginia. We have lived in many a city, state and even country. Second to Germany, Arlington has been my favorite place to live, and we’ve only been here for eight months. If you’ve been blogtrotting long you’ll remember Zahra’s post on Arlington, and it was a fabulous one. So, I’ll try to give you my take on Arlington.
When many non-locals mention or think about Arlington they are thinking about Arlington National Cemetery.
That is a humbling site to behold, but Arlington is so much more.
It is a city and county all at the same time. It is old mixed with new. Tradition mixed with modernity. Concrete and parks. Corporations and families. Small-town neighborhoods sitting a block from big-city businesses. Bicycle paths and HOV lanes. We’re a short metro ride to professional sports teams: football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey. Across the Potomac is Washington, D.C.; 1.5 hours west are the mountains; 3 hours east are the beaches. Reagan International Airport can get you around the world. Everything is at your fingertips in Arlington.
Arlington has a lot of:
- dogs — more prevalent than kids, which reminds me a lot of Europe.
- joggers — we’ve got to be one of the healthiest cities in the world.
- Starbucks — no less than 23!
- parks — the Arlington website lists 127 of them! Many of these are great playgrounds nestled in the many neighborhoods.
- neighborhoods — around 67 – 14 of those are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (including mine!)
- libraries — 8 public ones
- restaurants and stores — reminds me a lot like Europe as well. Outdoor cafés, dogs at those cafés. Outdoor stores (as opposed to stores in malls), dogs in those stores. Here’s an example:
Here are some things around Arlington that we have enjoyed:
The county fair! The Arlington County Fair is located right in the city because there is no “country” in the county to have the fair.
I even met the First Couple! . . . or a close facsimile
We’ve met Sergeant York, the horse who carried President Reagan’s boots during his funeral procession. Sergeant York lives at Fort Myer with the U.S. 3rd Infantry’s Army Old Guard Caisson Platoon.
The Pentagon Memorial (The Pentagon is in Arlington). Each day thousands of people drive by the Memorial on I395 and each day thousands of people work alongside it. It’s a quiet place to be, even among the populous:
We saw a commercial being filmed. Several months later I found out it was for Get Square VA (a tax amnesty program). This was filmed in the Clarendon neighborhood:
Here is the beautiful fountain in Clarendon. We got in trouble for letting the girls dip their hands in it (oops!):
It’s not all warm and sunny weather around here. During the winter we got more snow than ever before!
There’s a little bit of everything in Arlington and we’ve just begun to scratch the surface. I wish you were all here to experience it with us! Thanks for stopping by!
If you would like to get an in-depth, albeit hilarious, idea of one of the bright and growing areas of Arlington, the Orange Corridor (because the orange line of the metro runs through it), watch this “rap” video. It pokes fun at how safe Arlington is and it proves how many Starbucks we have. I love it. And I love Arlington.