Last week I was able to take one of those “bucket list” trips I’ve wanted to make for a long time. I’ve never been to Washington, D.C. before, and it worked out that I was able to get away last week and spend time soaking up the incredible history and culture found in the very inspiring museums and memorials.
On the first day we visited the Library of Congress, the Botanical Gardens, and the Capitol. We
contacted our Senator’s office the week before our trip to arrange the Capitol
tour and were pleased with the professionalism and knowledge of the young staff and interns we met. It was also a lot of fun to get a library card from the Library of Congress and request my own book (my most recent book hasn’t been cataloged yet).
Day two was the day of many steps: we started at the National Archives and then did lots of walking around as we went to every single monument and memorial. The weather was actually incredible for the whole trip: the humidity wasn’t bad, and the temperatures were in the 80’s.
I knew I would love the Lincoln Memorial…it was an incredible experience to finally visit this memorial in person.
And the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was awe-inspiring as well.
I really loved the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. This memorial is a little more out of the way, but I truly enjoyed the walk along the water and the beautiful trees (no Cherry Blossoms this time of year–but the trees are beautiful in their summer finest).
Of course the Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Roosevelt Memorial and the WW II Memorial were inspiring as well. I truly enjoyed seeing everything and trying to learn as much as I could! I feel like I’m probably not writing enough in this post as I haven’t had time to really sort it all out yet; I think I’m still in a little bit of a daze from everything I saw and experienced.
On day three we toured the Smithsonian Museum of American History and also visited the National Portrait Gallery. Friday night was a highlight as well–as the relative of a friend was able to arrange a West Wing White House Tour for us. Photography wasn’t allowed in many areas, but I loved seeing the Roosevelt Room, the Oval Office, the Rose Garden, and even the press room. It was kind of cool taking photos of the grounds from “inside the gates” too.
Saturday was spent at the National Air & Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery. Not only was I able to see many of my favorite art works in person, but I was also able to visit a beautiful special exhibit of American antique furniture.
Learning to navigate the Metro around the city was a bit of fun–I’m happy to say I never actually got on the wrong train the entire week–although there were a few close calls.
And of course there were many wonderful options for dining throughout our stay. We loved Ted’s Bulletin for delicious American eats, GBD (Golden Brown Delicious) for amazing buttermilk fried chicken and donuts, Zaytinya for incredible Mediterranean food, the Garden Cafe’ for a yummy French lunch at the National Gallery, and Restaurant Nora for fine dining. The really fun thing about Restaurant Nora was that the owner has decorated the restaurant with antique art and quilts…there were dozens of incredible Amish and antique quilts that could be found on nearly every wall.
Even though there was a lot of walking and more to see and do than was possible in a week, I came home refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to get back to quilting. Quilting coming soon! Thanks so much for stopping by!
PS I’ll get the Simply Small post finished up before the end of this week, too–thanks for your patience!