Part I: Washington DC
Thursday, June 28 - Sunday, July 1
- flew from Columbia, SC to Washington DC
- took an Uber to hotel, checked in
- purchased metro passes and took train to Union Station
- walked to the mall (took first of what would be a million photos of the Capitol)
- National Gallery of Art (East and West Building)
- nighttime trolley tour from Union Station
- lunch: BIG BUNS Damn Good Burgers + Beer
- dinner: Union Station
When I posted this on Facebook everyone thought
I traveled by private jet. Ha!
National Gallery of Art
Ginevra de' Benci, Leonardo da Vinci
Joe and I just finished watching Picasso
on the National Geographic channel, so I was
thrilled to see The Tragedy by Pablo Picasso.
Andy Warhol photo effect of an Andy Warhol.
My travel pals: Gayle, Julie, and my sister, Laura
The Jefferson Memorial
View of The Jefferson Memorial from across
the Tidal Basin
- private tour of US Capitol (arranged through Congressman Rick Allen's office)
- Library of Congress
- Supreme Court
- National Archives
- Old Town Alexandria
- lunch: cafeteria at the Capitol
- dinner: Landini Brothers, Old Town Alexandria
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress, main hall
Gorgeous architecture in The Library of Congress
Top of the stairway to the Reading Room
featured special exhibits on Alexander Hamilton's papers.
The Supreme Court
The National Archives
Outside the Library of Congress
- Arlington National Cemetery
- Mount Vernon
- National Harbor
- lunch: Mount Vernon Inn
- Dinner: Mexican Restaurant
Arlington National Cemetery
Since it was soooo hot we decided to take the
trolley tour of the cemetery.
Tomb of JFK
Lunch at Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon was a definite highlight.
View from the tunnel leading to the main house.
View from the back yard.
Fife & Drum demonstration
Between Arlington and Mount Vernon we did
Frozen margarita after a day of near 100 degree temps
- Hamilton at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts (the highlight of our trip)
- nighttime hike of monuments
- breakfast: hotel dining room
- dinner: Bangkok Bistro
THIS is what we were waiting for.
After walking around as sweaty tourists,
it was nice to have a chance to dress up.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Special exhibit of Hamilton's papers
"Best of wives and best of women."
Alexander Hamilton, in a letter to his wife, Eliza
On our last night we decided to walk and see the monuments
illuminated at night. We started at 10 p.m. and didn't get home
until well after midnight. It was hauntingly beautiful, and one
of my favorite memories of our trip.