Monday, September 8, 2014

{Travel} Washington DC Weekend- Part 1

We got away for a weekend by ourselves and chose Washington, DC because it wasn't too far from home but not too close either.  After checking into our hotel, we hopped right on the Metro and got off at the Smithsonian station.
The sights never get old. 
The last time we were in DC, it was cold so it was nice to see it in warmer weather.  

 We were starving and got a tip from a park ranger to try lunch in the  National Gallery Sculpture Garden Cafe.
Waiting for our food.

 

There was a good variety of salads, sandwiches and flatbreads (I got the hummus salad). 
 Then it was off to explore the Sculpture Garden.
Creepy!
 Does anyone remember these?
 Views from the Sculpture Garden
 The weather was so perfect that day, sunny and breezy!
 Mmmmm...wonder where they got this idea?
 This reminded me of those sugar cube sculptures we used to make for school (mine were never this elaborate).
 Next, we went into the National Gallery of Art. Did I mention that all of the Smithsonian museums are FREE?
This guy reminded me of Nearly Headless Nick from the Harry Potter books.
 Seeing my first Davinci!!
 I loved the paintings in this gallery.
This man was painting a replica, isn't it amazing?
 The hubby wanted to see the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial so we started walking that way. Everything looks a lot closer until you start walking there. It wasn't too bad but we were definitely ready for a break when we got there. 
The steps around the statue provided a perfect rest stop.
 We had a beautiful view of the  Capitol too.
 The top of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.
 #uscapitolselfie
There's also a great view of the Washington Monument from here.

 We were searching for a cup of coffee and started walking toward one that Siri suggested. In the meantime we walked through the Botanical Gardens.
 We stopped in and asked where the nearest coffee spot was and they told us at the National Museum of the American Indian that was right next door.   
 We wanted to stop there anyway so that's what we did.  The stroll through the Botanical Gardens is just lovely.
The building had the coolest design.
 Yay coffee! We stopped in a the Mitsitam Espresso Coffee Bar and also checked out the Mitsitam Cafe for a future visit. They feature "Native foods found throughout the Western Hemisphere". The food looked amazing!
 We explored the museum and decided it was time to go back to our room and get ready for dinner.
to be continued....



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10 comments:

Carla from The River said...

Fun. D.C. is a place we have never visited. This is fun to have a tour.

Tamar SB said...

Fun!! I miss this city, 4 years of living there and I still didn't take advantage of what the city offers! You got some great shots!

Tamar SB said...

Fun!! I miss this city, 4 years of living there and I still didn't take advantage of what the city offers! You got some great shots!

Jules said...

Fabulous pictures! One of my biggest regrets was not making a trip to DC in the 18 months that my dad was working there. Can't wait to see the rest of your trip!

Beth Mcgwire said...

Great photos. I loved visiting DC with our kids. It is an amazing city. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

Kathy McB said...

I will be posting some DC visit photos soon too...dontcha just love that city!

Becky said...

Mike was just saying last night how he would like to make a trip out there. He's been before, but the girls and I have not. Beautiful pictures. I love the selfies :)

Karen said...

DC is such a great place to visit! Why is it that it's so close, but it's not a place I think to go to on a more regular basis?! Did you drive down or take the train?

Ida said...

What a great outing for you. If I had the chance I tour DC too. It looks like a very interesting place to visit with a ton to see and do. I enjoyed your photos.

Dawn said...

Beautiful! DC is on my list for a spring trip. But baseball always seems to interfere. Need to rethink to fall!

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