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Washington, D.C.

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Over the long weekend Bill and I went to Washington, D.C. The reason we went is because my internship had a National Advisory Panel meeting there on Saturday morning. So, we decided to make a weekend of it. We took the AmTrak train there – which was a fun experience. It gets you there about an hour faster than driving. It was fun to see all the places in between. Friday night we stayed at this really luxe hotel (thanks to my internship). After the meeting on Saturday morning, we changed hotels and started our “vacation.”

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Capitol – it was nice, except for the fact that we didn’t have any hot water! But, they sent some “engineers” to fix the problem. It was great because we could walk EVERYWHERE! One of the best things we did was eat a Big & Tasty burger at McDonald’s! There are no Big & Tasty’s at NYC McD’s because we are the “testing ground” for their Angus burgers (which I refuse to taste because they take the place of the Big & Tasty!)

On Saturday afternoon we walked the National Mall and saw the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. Then we walked around the White House. We didn’t get to go on a tour of the White House because the 12:30 tour was booked.

The strangest thing that we did in D.C. Maybe the strangest thing I’ve ever done – is go to a “hotel sale.” The Washington Hotel was having a renovation sale and everything was on sale – kitchen stuff, booths, beds, mirrors, chandeliers, TV’s armoires – everything! You just went into each room and decided what you wanted. It was strange.

On Sunday we saw the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution at the The National Archives, I pretended I was ALIAS at the Spy Museum, saw Ford Theater and the house President Lincoln died in. Then we took a bus to see the Capitol, Library of Congress and Supreme Court.

Sunday night we at Old Ebbitts Grill right across from the White House. It was a nice place and our waiter was great. The food was delicious. Our waiter thought I was funny because I ordered a mug of hot water. My hands were so freezing that I couldn’t feel them. I wanted something to warm them up! I guess that is a pretty strange request – but it worked. We also had a delicious dessert! Peanut Butter Pie roasted peanut and chocolate chip crust filled with peanut butter mousse! It was so scrumtious.

Our last day was Monday. We went to the Smithsonian – Air and Space Museum. There we saw the Wright’s airplane and they also had an American History exhibit. I was excited to see Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers but they weren’t out! They were away “for filming” whatever that means. But, I did get to see the scarecrows costume and the puffy shirt from Seinfeild. We also went to the Holocaust Museum. We didn’t get to spend as much time there as I would have liked because we couldn’t access the exhibit until 2:15 and we had to be at the train station by 4:30. It was very moving – I would have loved to read everything there and watched all the videos but there was just enough time to read the big plaques and look at the pictures as we walked by. It is the one place I would like to go again.

We had a great weekend. But, we’ve decided if we ever go on “vacation” again in January – it will definitely be somewhere warm! I’m thinking Orlando or the Bahamas!!


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6 Responses to “Washington, D.C.”

  1. Aunt Pam says:

    Sounds like a great trip! I’m glad you had fun.

  2. Gayle says:

    I’m really glad you had such a great weekend. I know it was quite cold there. I also know the reason you didn’t get to see the ruby red slippers. They had taken them to Chicago for the Oprah Winfrey show. We saw them on her show early this week. The security did not even want her to touch them but finally let her pick them up with white gloves on. They were packed very securely and the box that the shoes were in had its own seat on the airplane. The airline ticket read: Slippers, Ruby. I am not kidding!! Oh well, glad you are back in NY safely. Stay warm!!

  3. SYBIL says:

    Gosh what an exciting time: There is always more to see and do in a place like that than you normally have time for. You’ll have to plan a trip back when the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom in the spring. Bet that would be a wonderful time to see D.C. I bet the train trip was nice and it is good transportation: We need more of those nation wide I think.

  4. Mimi says:

    GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME IN D.C. WE WENT THERE ONCE WHEN YOUR MOMMY WAS LITTLE. WE JUST WENT AROUND IN CIRCLES TRYING TO GET TO THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL.
    AND NOBODY SPOKE ENGLISH BUT US AND THE PRESIDENT AND THEY WOULDN’T LET US TALK TO HIM. HA!

  5. Julie says:

    Didn’t I tell you that the Holocaust Museum was the most moving and most interesting? I would like to go again myself.

  6. Karen says:

    Ok — from reading all the comments it looks like we need to plan a “family-vacation” and all meet in Washington DC. There are things we (Bobby & I) would love to see and after reading the posts, I’m sure my list of things to see has grown. OK — so when can everyone go to D.C?