All posts tagged: D.C.

Museum hopping & the Daily Post

The days are still chilly (what’s up with that, March?!), and I’m pretty bitter that my winter coat and wool socks are still in rotation. Let’s hope April brings more spring-like weather. A couple of weekends ago, a group of us decided to escape Southern Maryland to museum hop in D.C. We were able to fit in three museums before hunger took over. In a couple of photos… Mapping out our route at the National Gallery of Art. Above at left (and below at right) is Michelangelo’s David-Apollo. The unfinished marble sculpture was on temporary display while we were there. Second museum stop:  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Lastly, we checked out the National Museum of the American Indian. This was our shortest visit. Note to self:  never museum hop on an empty stomach.  A most welcome sight after a windy day in the District:  hot tea and freshly baked pizza from Matchbox in Chinatown. And if you haven’t seen this yet, WordPress.com was nice enough to profile me on their blog, the Daily Post last week. Seriously, …

A day in Georgetown + several cupcakes

I’m taking a small break from my Australia travel posts so I can talk about fall, undeniably my favorite season. :) Jay and I recently spent a day in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., for no specific reason other than to enjoy the outdoors on a beautiful day. I’ve never seen this sign before even though we drive into D.C. several times a year… First stop: grab a quick bite at Dean & DeLuca, where freshness is the prominent ingredient. We plopped down at a table just outside and dined while we listened to live music and watched this sweet pair dance. Our vegetable frittata was gone in a matter of seconds. Strolling the C&O Canal (Chesapeake and Ohio Canal). While parts of the canal were scenic, my favorite views in Georgetown are the residential areas. When can I move in? Georgetown University in the distance. Yup, we waited in the 45-minute line at Georgetown Cupcake and felt like rock stars when we made it in the door. This place even smells as good as it looks. …

National Cherry Blossom Festival

I’ve been lucky enough to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., for the past three years. It truly is a sight to behold, and this year was no different. Through my eyes… On Saturday, it hailed and rained early afternoon before blue skies appeared. Magnolia trees are also in bloom and just as beautiful. They happen to be Margaret’s favorite. The Japanese Stone Lantern was presented in 1954 as a symbol of cultural partnership between Japan and the United States after World War II.

OWF visits DC

My wonderful friend Margaret, also known as One Woman Farm, came down for a visit this past weekend. Here she is stuffing cherry blossoms in her face. This is not a good idea if you have allergies. We stayed in charming Old Town, Alexandria. Thank you for visiting. I’m already missing you.

Breaking news

I’ve always wanted to go to the Newseum (something to do with the fact that I majored in journalism? Nah, that can’t be it…), and I finally got my chance last weekend. It’s a beautiful museum, and if you’re tired of the Smithsonians, I would definitely suggest it. We started at the top (6 levels total) and were pleasantly surprised with its Pennsylvania Avenue Terrace, which offered great views. I love stumbling across a great view. It makes me feel like I’ve found a piece of treasure. Old Post Office in the distance. 9/11 Front page gallery Journalists Memorial, dedicated to those who died pursuing the news. Meet Jeff (in the stripes). Jeff uses an old school Canon film camera. He is cool. Berlin wall Glancing at the street after leaving the museum. My favorite exhibit was, no surprise here, the Pulitzer Prize photographs gallery. Amazing, amazing photos, and the stories behind them even more amazing. The $14 ticket was worth every penny. It’s normally $20/person, but MWR offered a discount, and I love me …