There are always so many cool things to see and do in Old Town. I follow Alexandria, Virginia's official Twitter account, @AlexandriaVAGov, and noticed a Tweet announcing that Colombian tall ship Gloria, the official flagship of the Colombian Navy, would be docking at 2:00 pm today in Alexandria's harbor.
The ship arrived in D.C. to support the passing of the Colombian free trade agreement currently under consideration by congress.
Since I am working from home while my office is being renovated, and I hadn't taken lunch, I thought it would be a fun thing to go take a walk and see. So my trusty crew member Lulu and I set off for a little walk down to the Potomac to catch a glimpse of Gloria, and perhaps the Colombian Ambassador to the United States.
When we arrived at the pier, the ship was just coming into port. Members of the Colombian Navy were stacked throughout the ship's masts. It was a very cool sight to see.
There was Colombian music playing over the ship's speakers, and the entire crew was singing while they were prepping for their arrival.
As they fully docked, they unfurled a huge Colombian flag from the ship's rigging? Boom? (I have no idea what it is called.)
I heard there was supposed to be a 19 gun salute as well, but I was nervous Lulu wouldn't react well to it, so we left a little early.
Here is a little video so you can hear some of the very enthusiastic music we were able to enjoy.
This is just another example of the cool things we've happened to see while living in Alexandria, and I just wanted to share. Living here can't easily be beaten.
If you're local, and you're interested in touring the ship, free tours are being given until 7:00 pm tonight, May 24th, and tomorrow, May 25th, from noon - 4:00 pm.
You can also read more about it on the Examiner's website.