Train, train, train. That’s how I made my way to Washington D.C. from the Hudson Valley New York. Metro North to Subway to Amtrak. I’m not sure if I’ve made my way in my travels with the three train system before, but as I sit here on the MetroNorth. The rhythmic motion sans the chugs chugs, the horn blowing and the general soothing vibrations lead me to believe that perhaps I might discover more of the country via this means of travel. After all, Amtrak has wifi, so I don’t have to give up playing Boom Island while traveling. 😉
The point of this trip was to see a friend of mine and go to some museums. There is so much to do that is enticing in this city, do you want to know how many museums we made our way to? One. That’s right folks, in the nations capitol with Smithsonian institutions all around, we went to one. There were just so many wonderful sights to behold, buildings, monuments, parks. I’m not sure what took me to long to come back here. The last time I was here was 20 years ago, I was still a teen and a group of us visited the Holocaust museum. I had a glimpse of the White House, a glimpse of the metro and we were quickly back on the bus on our way home.
The one thing that stood out to me while exploring this grand city was the grandiose buildings! Every where! If ancient Greece had buildings that stood through the aeons, it would look like D.C. with a nice dose of Victoriana thrown in. This place is beautiful!
There’s so much to sink one’s teeth into that I plan on going back many, many more times to get a taste of everything that it has to offer. It’s truly magnificent and I honestly couldn’t have been more excited if I’d taken a weekend trip to Paris.
Food Choices – Lunch
On day one we went to the National Portrait gallery and then went across the street to Zaytinya the modern Greek Mediterranean restaurant. Good food and nice atmosphere. Definitely worth sitting down for a meal.
One day two we found great food right in Union Station. We’d made our way to a sit down restaurant, and while in front of the menu we checked out Yelp and noticed that the Caribbean placed we’d passed downstairs had great reviews, so we made our way to Sunrise Caribbean Food and had two large meals that cost under $20 for both. We chose mostly vegan dishes, mine (shown below) consisted of jerk “beef”, collard greens rice and plantains. Yum! So delicious, I’d be tempted to head down for an overnight stay with the main thought of having this meal again.
Seeing the White House
While we’re both smart it became apparent that we were also both skeptics when we decided to visit the White House. We’d taken out our phones, followed the GPS, turned onto Pennsylvania avenue, saw officers with K-9 dogs, passed the Eisenhower executive offices, saw the hundreds of tourists and yet when we stopped in front of this pillared white building which seemed to be around 1600 of the aforementioned avenue, we both said “this can’t be it”. “It’s too small, I said.”, “They wouldn’t let people this close” marked my friend. So while everyone else ooohed and ahhhed, we took out our phones, mapped in the White House and realized that indeed, we were standing right in front of it.
At which point of course we were very excited and started snapping photos!
Compared to the Eisenhower building, it’s tiny!
The White House
Eisenhower Executive Offices
Surreal looking tulips in the park across the street from the White House.
More to come!
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