Thursday, August 15, 2013

DC Day 3.

We're almost done with the longest vacation recap ever! For Days 1 and 2, go here and here!

Sunday, we woke up early because we had a jam-packed day.  When we went to the lobby for breakfast, I was pleasantly surprised to find Dr. David Jeremiah's message on the tv!
But we only sat down for about ten minutes until it was time to go.  I was SO thankful on this day that the weather was cooperating with us.  When I planned the itinerary, I planned it so we'd go to the monuments early in the morning for two reasons-- 1. They're always open, so I don't have to wait for someone to let me in at a particular time.  And 2. If you're going to be walking outside in DC for a couple hours, you really want to do it early.  And I was right.  It was just below 70 degrees when we left our hotel and walked to the monuments.  Perfection!
Donny and the (scaffolded) Washington Monument
The World War II monument is my favorite.  It's beyond beautiful, and while Donny's pictures are fantastic, none really do it justice like seeing it in person.
Vietnam War Memorial
The view down the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial
This was one of my favorite shots that Donny took.  Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and it has been commemorated.
The WWII and Lincoln Memorials from the Washington Monument
Hehe-- I love this one.  I was standing on my tiptoes to get the composition right and had trouble keeping that position without falling.  So, it's a miracle that this came out as well as it did!
After walking all around the mall, we went to the Air & Space Museum.  There is SO much in the ASM (really, in all the Smithsonian Museums) that it's hard to see everything that there is without spending forever.  But thankfully, Donny and I see museums at the same warp-speed pace.
Donny has a funny quirk about museums. He has to stop in every. single. giftshop. and look at every. single. item. After two days plus a morning of constant walking, my feet were KILLING me. So, while he went in the ASM gift shop, I sat down on the floor beside benches holding moms with their strollers and herd of kids. And I promptly fell asleep.  Sitting on the floor of the Air & Space Museum.  At noon.  Apparently, I was more exhausted than I knew.

Donny finally finished up at the gift shop, and we walked to the National Archives, went through security, saw the Magna Carta, and then... a huge line.  Apparently the Archives is just a line to get in a line to get in another line to finally see the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  We didn't stick around.  Our feet wouldn't allow us to stand in another line.  Plus, it was lunchtime, and we were starving.  Our next destination was Ford's Theater, and the Hard Rock Cafe is right next door.  So, guess where we went.
By lunchtime, the weather was warming up, so I was just thrilled to get inside to some air conditioning.  And thank goodness I stocked up on some because we had to wait outside in the sun for almost 30 minutes before our tour of Ford's Theater started.  There may have been some sweating.  And some complaining...
Our line...
When you walk inside, you go to the basement through a museum-type exhibit on Abraham Lincoln.  Then, they bring you back up to the actual theater where a volunteer and amateur actor told the story of Lincoln's assassination in semi-dramatic form.  He was very good and entertaining, but I dozed off again...

The presidential box.  You can clearly see how it's literally on top of the stage, which explains how John Wilkes Booth was able to jump from his box onto the stage.  I never knew how that worked.

We were supposed to go to both the Spy Museum and the Newseum on Sunday.  But, our other destinations took longer than I had budgeted.  So we moved the Newseum to Monday morning and just went to the Spy Museum.  I really was debating whether or not to even go to the Spy Museum because I was just so tired.  Donny didn't care one way or another, but I decided that I would not let tiredness and my sore feet defeat me!  We were going to see James Bond!
And I'm glad I did.  I had been to the Spy Museum 10 years ago, but it's such a cool place.  It's VERY interactive with some really interesting exhibits and artifacts.  But their biggest exhibit right now is the James Bond exhibit.  I LOVE the James Bond movies, especially the old ones, so this was a really fun exhibit to walk through.  I didn't know until this trip that Donny hasn't seen any of the old Bond movies-- and only the last few Daniel Craig ones!  We will clearly be rectifying that very soon...
Once we were done at the Spy Museum, our day wasn't even close to done.  I wanted to go back to the Indian restaurant that Emily and I had been to last summer, but I also wanted some cupcakes from Baked &Wired in Georgetown, which meant a cab because the metro doesn't go to Georgetown.  So, we cabbed it to pick up some cupcakes in Georgetown then all the way up to Cleveland Park for dinner.
It was just as delicious as I remembered, and Donny LOVED it.  He still talks about wanting to go back to eat there.
We still had some daylight after dinner, so we walked down Connecticut Ave. past the zoo.  I wanted to see the pandas, which were supposedly the first stop inside the gate.  So, we ran in to check them out.  Sadly, they did not want to come out and play with anyone.
But, we did get to see some elephants!
I used to live on Connecticut Ave. near the zoo, so we walked by my old apartment building on our way to the metro stop.
After such a busy day, we went back to the room with a bottle of wine and our cupcakes around 8pm for some Friends on DVD and sleep!


  1. You and cupcakes. I sense a theme in several log posts lately!! I want one right now! Ineed to get to DC soon. I really want to see WWII memorial!!

  2. Looks like you had a great time! I love the National Zoo.. I go every Easter~!

  3. I love seeing pictures of DC, and I live here! It reminds me how cool the city really is :)
    Glad you had a good time. I hope you liked the Newseum! I've been there 2-3 times and feel like I still havent seen everything!

  4. I can't wait to visit again - and take hubby for the first time. Great pics!

  5. You packed so much in - that is incredible!!