Washington, D.C.

While on vacation in North Carolina, we took a trip to Washington, D.C. where we had a delightful visit with Eric and Lake. We set out from Durham on an 8:30 a.m. bus on October 25 and arrived at Washington's Union Station around 1:30 p.m. From there, it was just a few stops on the Metro to Dupont Circle and a three-minute walk to our hotel where Eric and Lake showed up a half hour after we did. Our bus back to North Carolina left Union Station on Monday, October 27, at 4 p.m.; we really did take full advantage of our time there: we were practically constantly on the move!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

We spent what was left of the first afternoon by walking from our hotel all the way to Georgetown's Wisconsin Avenue, and from there to the Georgetown Waterfront Park. We strolled along the Potomac and passed the Watergate Complex on our way to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where we were able to board a convenient (free!) shuttle to Foggy Bottom. Another walk took us back to Dupont Circle where we had dinner at James Hoban's Irish Bar & Restaurant. The food (fish and chips) was very tasty, but should you eat there, we strongly recommend that you refrain from ordering wine!


The Georgetown Lutheran Church Halloween decorations on Q Street NW

The Georgetown Lutheran Church

Halloween decorations on Q Street NW


On Wisconsin Avenue between P and Q Streets NW Wisconsin Avenue and N Street NW

On Wisconsin Avenue between P and Q Streets NW

Wisconsin Avenue and N Street NW


At the Georgetown Waterfront Park Many people are taking advantage of the glorious weather

At the Georgetown Waterfront Park

Many people are taking advantage of the glorious weather


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Watergate Complex

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Watergate Complex

Sunday, October 26, 2014

In the morning, we took the subway to Columbia Heights and walked to The Coupe on 11th St NW where we enjoyed a delicious brunch. Walking through some lovely residential neighborhoods, we made our way to Rock Creek and the Peirce Mill. Following beautiful Western Ridge Trail (hard to imagine that one is in a city!), we ended up at the Washington Zoo where entrance is free, but parking fees are positively insane. After a necessary coffee at the neighborhood Firehook bakery, we went back to the hotel to rest for a while. That evening, the four of us went out for some tasty Korean food.


Irving Street NW at 13th Street NW Mural off 11th Street NW Purple shutters on Park Road NW

Irving Street NW at 13th Street NW

Mural off 11th Street NW

Purple shutters on Park Road NW


Park Road NW and 11th Street NW We don't get fall colors like this in Cannes!

Park Road NW and 11th Street NW

We don't get fall colors like this in Cannes!


Brunch place on 11th Street NW Colorful townhouses on 11th Street NW

Brunch place on 11th Street NW

Colorful townhouses on 11th Street NW


Lake and Eric checking which way to go Rock Creek

Lake and Eric checking which way to go

Rock Creek


The Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park Following the Western Ridge Trail

The Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park

Following the Western Ridge Trail


At the Washington Zoo Fall leaves on the water

At the Washington Zoo

Fall leaves on the water


Giant Pandas Mei Xiang and her cub Bao Bao Zebra

Giant Pandas Mei Xiang and her cub Bao Bao

Zebra


Looking down from Klingle Valley Bridge Dupont Circle seen from the roof of our hotel

Looking down from Klingle Valley Bridge

Dupont Circle seen from the roof of our hotel

Monday, October 27, 2014

On Monday, Lake had to work while Eric was off for one more day. We met him at the U Street Metro station and he walked us to Euclid Street where he lives. Of course, we had to stop for coffee at the Blind Dog Cafe on Florida Avenue! After inspecting Eric's digs, we took the Metro to the Archives station and strolled through the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and from there towards the Washington Memorial and the Tidal Basin. I wanted to see the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials; the last time I had been there was in 1975! By three p.m. we were back at the hotel to pick up our bags and had no problem making our 4 o'cock bus back to Durham.


917 Euclid Street NW On Florida Avenue NW

917 Euclid Street NW

On Florida Avenue NW


Miro's 'Personnage Gothique, Oiseau-Eclair' in the Sculpture Garden Parisian 'Métropolitain' entrance in the Sculpture Garden

Miro's Personnage Gothique, Oiseau-Eclair in the Sculpture Garden

Parisian Métropolitain entrance in the Sculpture Garden


The Washington Memorial Mother and son Walking around the Tidal Basin

The Washington Memorial

Mother and son

Walking around the Tidal Basin


Looking across to the Jefferson Memorial The Jefferson Memorial

Looking across to the Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial


Part the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Walking towards the Lincoln Memorial

Part the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

Walking towards the Lincoln Memorial


The Lincoln Memorial Daniel Chester French's Abraham Lincoln statue

The Lincoln Memorial

Daniel Chester French's Abraham Lincoln statue


View across the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Memorial Where we stopped periodically for outstanding coffee

View across the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Memorial

Where we stopped periodically for outstanding coffee

These 40, as well as 30 other photographs taken in Washington, are available in one of our web galleries.
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