For the past two weeks, it’s been impossible to escape all the talk surrounding the government shutdown. I love my NPR as much as the next bike-riding, Wes-Anderson-loving hipster, but sometimes enough is… well… enough!
The iconic locations that represent our nation seem underserved by all this talk.
So Behold! (cue jazz hands) Washington DC in pictures… not words!*
*Fine print: there are still words, just fewer than I usually use. I can’t go cold turkey, and, as Mr. M can confirm, my mute button has been broken for years.
Day #10,799 (Washington, D.C.):
Breakfast of champions at Georgetown Cupcakes.
Taking learning Very Seriously at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum might be one of the most interesting museums on the Mall.
Walking the National Mall at sunset.
I’d never seen the National World War II Memorial before. Nightfall made it all the more dramatic.
Mr. M & I planned our trip from New York to DC in order to meet up with Sister S, who was in town for a neuroscience conference.
Sister S’s favorite sight was the Lincoln Memorial.
I wanted to see the Korean War Veterans Memorial for my grandpa, who still gags at the smell of kimchi and tells us stories about volunteering as a local gymnastics coach when stationed in Korea.
Amidst the back & forth and political punditry, the quiet soul of Washington DC shines through.
No words needed.
**This post turned out to be the blogging equivalent of holding my breath for as long as possible. Whew! Excuse me while I go binge write.**
Details of the Day: After spending a long day winding your way across the National Mall, the end of the day may find you- like it did us- at the Lincoln Memorial/Korean War Veteran Memorial area. Which is regrettably far from a convenient metro station. I rarely advocate pedicabs over a healthy stroll, but… head toward Henry Bacon Dr and the Memorial gift store… if you happen to find a pedicab that can take you to the nearest metro, I won’t tell.
Georgetown Cupcakes. If you won’t be satisfied taking my word for it, (which was ‘meh’), the Bethesda location (4834 Bethesda Ave) is a lot less crowded than the storefront actually in Georgetown (3301 M St NW). Check their Facebook/Twitter for the secret flavor of the day, and if you’re in the first 100 folks to mention it at the register, you’ll get a free cupcake.