Monday, June 1, 2015

Travel: Washington D.C.

The White House

When Kevin suggested I accompany him on a business trip to Washington D.C., I was a bit hesitant.  Since I’m not into history or politics, I didn’t think it would be interesting to me.  I couldn’t have been more wrong; Washington D.C. is a clean, spacious city with incredible food and amazing sights.

After arriving, we walked around the mall to see sights like the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  After that, we walked past the Watergate Hotel to Georgetown and took a Potomac River Cruise to Alexandria.  The next two activities were my favorites: Wandering through the International Spy Museum and going to the White House Gift Shop.  If you spend a nominal amount, a professional photographer will (using your camera) take pictures of you at an Oval Office desk replica and at the “podium.”  He took time to pose us, and we had a blast!  We finished the day with a delicious dinner at Georgia Brown, one of Michelle Obama’s supposed favorite restaurants.

The next day while Kevin worked, I visited the Smithsonian American History Museum, where I saw, among other things, the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, Julia Child’s kitchen and some of the First Ladies’ Inaugural gowns.  After lunch, I perused the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, where I only had time to see the rocks, gemstones, and Egyptian exhibit.  We had a glass of wine at the top the W Hotel, which has a stunning view of the city and then had a wonderful Mediterranean dinner Zaytinya.

I shopped in Georgetown and explored other parts of D.C. on our last day.  It fascinated me to walk past places like the International Monetary Fund, FDA and American Bar Association.  Though it was a whirlwind trip, I highly recommend visiting the home of our nation’s capital.  As one of my friends said, “After visiting Washington D.C., I was prouder of our country and was pleased to see how well the city showcased our history and American Life.”

I was surprised by the Washington Monument's vast height

The World War II Memorial

In front of the Watergate Hotel

Goofing around at the International Spy Museum

We felt so presidential!

The ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz

The Hope Diamond-my picture doesn't show just how massive it is!

a beautiful crystal

The Egyptian exhibit

A charming Georgetown street

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