5.01.2011

Washington D.C.

Ashton and I recently got back from a trip to Washington D.C. This year we're trying to keep it in the country so we can keep saving for a big Europe trip next year before Ashton (and i get to tag along too) heads off to Dental School in who knows where.

Visiting D.C. was something that was on my to-do list last year but that we just never got around to. Go figure. But this year we made it. Our primary reason for going was for this...
A gift from Japan all the cherry blossoms were in bloom and beautiful. At least most of them. There were quite a few that had already come and gone but we still enjoyed what was left. We even got to see some really beautiful magnolias in all kinds of colors.
With only a long weekend we made the most with what little time we had. It didn't hurt either that all the national museums decided to extend their hours just for us. And maybe the rest of the tourist in town for the annual week long Cherry Blossom Festival. Ashton's favorite was the National Museum of American History. This was probably my favorite thing there. Silly but I LOVE THEM.
Next, we hit the National Museum of Natural History, the Freer Gallery, and the National Air and Space Museum all while being under the shadows of The Washington Monument and The Capital Building. We ate hot dogs and pretzels, rode the metro, and walked through the grassy lawn of the National Mall.

Our second day was spent wandering the Holocaust Museum and spending the rest of the day talking about what we'd seen there. We eventually headed to the National Archives but not before grabbing a few umbrellas right as the rain started to come down. After hovering over works such as the Declaration of Independence it was time for dinner. A huge relief to my poor little feet.

The night was a restless one with worries that government shutdowns would begin at midnight. It would have left us with plenty of time to do nothing since everything from the Capital Building to National Park Grounds would be closed to the public.

With some good luck though we got to go and see places like this
and this
and this
and this
We drove around to do some sight seeing in George Town before retiring for the night and getting ready for an early morning and our last full day in Washington.
Saturday we got to see the parade and wander through the Japanese festival stalls.
We also got to see some amazing works by Van Gogh, Matise, Monet, Picasso, and so many more at the National Gallery of Art. (Probably Ashton's least favorite of the museum but I was soaking in every minute of it.) We wandered through the National Botanical Garden, around the Capital Building, Washington Monument, Tidal Basin, and Lincoln Memorial barely missing the surprise appearance of President Obama by maybe an hour.
 
Our final day, and before catching our flight, we wander around the National Arboretum where the original capital columns stand now and some of the oldest bonsai tree's in the country call home. One being over 200 years old. It also gave us a chance to see more cherry blossoms and magnolia. We ended our traveling with a stroll through Sunday's Eastern Market where we got to taste some fresh local produce and check out the flea market and artisan stalls. Driving through the neighborhoods on our way to the airport afforded us a few more views of the city and home we went.
I'm anxious to head back to the East Coast again soon. Maybe next time, New York.

1 comment:

Hailey said...

Very cool. We just found out that we accidentally switched our camera to a weird mode that made all of our pictures really small. Bummer, eh? When Cam found out about the switch he looked at me and asked if we could go to all the sites again to get some better pictures. I looked at him like...H - E - double toothpicks... no. My feet were too tired. ;) It looks like you had a great trip. We should go out to dinner and swap stories. TTYL.