Monday, January 14, 2013

Hello DC! It's good to see you again!


It doesn't matter how many times I come to our nation's capitol, I feel like every time it is the first time!  I see the same things but through a different filter, I experience places that I had never experienced before and I gain a greater appreciation for all that this city is each time I arrive!

I came to DC this time for a conference and decided to get here a day early so that I could walk around and truly get to SEE everything I wanted to see.  I have been here before a couple of times and each time I feel like it is something new and different.

This time I was going to be the ultimate tourist.  I put on my comfy shoes and set out on my journey.  

With an entire day to myself, 50 degrees and sunny on the forecast, I made a plan to see as many of the national monuments as I possibly could!
I walked and I walked, I sat and I read, I walked some more, took several pictures and then kept on going.  

It was perfect!

I went to the Smithsonian Museum on American History (a mecca for this college history major), I saw the WWII memorial for the first time, I sat at the feet of Lincoln and truly thought what a giant among men this great leader truly was, I stared into the reflection pool of the Washington Monument and took a closer look at the different stones used in the many phases of making this obelisk a reality.

It was a wonderful day spent the only way I wanted it....on my own, taking in as many of the sights as I possibly could.

After my trek was over, I met up with a friend for dinner and was able to have dinner at Clyde's in Georgetown and drinks and oysters at Old Ebbitt's, both delicious and perfectly what I wanted!

Here are some of the pictures from my day and night!

Walking in front of the White House exactly where President and Mrs. Obama will walk a week from today!
 
 Ahhhhh the Capitol!!
    
Everywhere I turned, they were getting ready for the Inauguration! 
 All I could think when I saw this was the line from The Lion King: "Mufasa, oooo do it again! Mufasa, Mufasa, Mufasa!!!!"
 I think this might be one of the most peaceful places I have ever seen!
 
 On to the Washington Monument, the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial!
   
   
 This was the first time I had seen the WWII Memorial....there is something moving about seeing your home state on a memorial in your nation's capitol.
 
My final stop of my self guided tour was going to be The White House....to see this iconic building with a protest going on outside the front gates just beside the grandstands set up for the inauguration was pretty surreal.  
Off to dinner at Clyde's in Georgetown....such a perfect staple of this awesome area of town!
  
The food was so good that I forgot to take pictures of the entrees....so here is the soup and desserts...everything was amazing!!
 
Finally the night ended with a walk in front of the White House to see it all lit up and drinks and oysters at Old Ebbitt's Grille!
  
There were flags everywhere which made me immensley happy!  For those of you who don't know, I am slightly (or maybe not so slightly) obsessed with the American flag!
 
I have now seen all three of these statues: DC, Nashville and New Orleans!
 
And because my mom told me I should do this but didn't actually think I would (I mean that is basically a triple dog dare right there) I went to a church service at the National Cathedral and as I knew it would be it was amazing!
 
And then I found the TN state flag in the hallway and just HAD to take my picture with it!  Of course then there was the TN state seal and the Presidential Seal....pretty awesome if you ask me! 
I thought this tapestry was awesome....it is a tree with all the state seals on it!
Then the conference began and my Tour de Washington was over so until next time....it was great seeing you again!
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