Alleyways in DC are pretty mystical places. Here, the natural fermentation process of history goes on uninterrupted by the corruption of modern architectural taste. And sometimes even the laws of the physical universe seem to be altered to some degree and one is likely to see the most unusual things. So when in DC just wander some of the alleyways from time to time. There’s a special kind of beauty hiding in them which the more formal historical gems fail to convey.