Mucka Mucka (Grandma and Grandpa) stayed home with our four "extra wild and crazy" rascals while I whisked Dr. Gooch away to Washington. Only four hours (five with traffic) to the North, and an itinerary full of freebies, it was the perfect (belated) anniversary getaway. Our first ever. Two nights at Hotel George across from Union Station. We spent both mornings sleeping in. We were in such shock at the lack of demand on ourselves that we stayed in the cozy until 10am!
The Capitol, gardens and grounds. It was a sweaty but sweet start on our LONG Mall walk:
The sky performed right on queue at the Washington Monument. Dramatic.
A zoom-in on the "first garden". Go Michelle O.!!
The National Gallery: Both buildings.
We also spent 2 1/2 hours in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. No photos please.
No photography inside the National Portrait Gallery, so we took our own outside.
For me, traveling is mostly about the food. Dinner reservations for 6:30 at Zaytinyas. Thin, hot puffed pita bread with fruity olive oil and pomegranate molasses. Fresh feta cubes with poached apples. Crispy potatoes with yogurt. Cucumber soup. Kibbeh. Hummus, Babaganoush, and strained greek yogurt for our dipping pleasure.
We finished the evening with cold drinks and chocolate creme brulee at Bistro Bis back at the hotel.
The next morning we headed West a bit to Georgetown and ate d.o.c. certified neopolitan pizza at 2Amys at 11am. (Both restaurants came highly recommended and I in turn recommend them to you on your next visit to our nations Capital).
The National Cathedral and white crepe myrtles graced our morning before heading home.
As we pulled out of CC's horseshoe drive, Dr. Gooch paused at the gate for a prayer of safety on our travels and our loved ones at home. He also prayed that "we would fall in love again". Easy enough with this handsome hunk.
Thank you Mucka Mucka!!