Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Courtney and I flew into DC for a 5 night trip. Checked into our hotel quickly and headed for the subway.
We headed down to the waterfront to check out that new growing neighborhood. Lots of new buildings going up and of course everyone is super young. Had a drink at Blue Jacket and then walked around checking out the dining options and ended up going back to Blue Jacket for dinner as we liked it.
We hopped back on the Metro and got to the mall just as the sun was going down.
It turned out to be a picture perfect evening.
Nighttime is always the best time to check out the monuments.
Hanging out on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with a few other people.
Had the Viet Nam memorial to ourselves. Always emotional.
I love the DC Metro and our station was deeeeeep
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
Courtney had a conference to attend but it didn’t start until 10:00 so we had a quick Starbucks breakfast and then went for a long walk around the neighborhood we were staying in – Woodley Park, heading down to Embassy Row ogling at the big embassies and saying hello to Nelson Mandela.
Once Courtney took off for her conference I started walking down towards Georgetown. I like these lime green liriope.
The neighborhood we stayed in had beautiful houses everywhere.
I ended up somehow walking through this amazing park…
…with staircases leading to secret gardens (that I would discover the next day).
An oasis in the middle of the city
I eventually did ended up in Georgetown somehow and went to Tudor House to tour the gardens.
It was an old estate with a beautiful old sprawling garden.
lots of boxwood everywhere
note to self: nice option for a hose inside a wine barrel thingy
little garden spots were around every corner
the houses in the Georgetown neighborhood were amazing
I had lunch at Pizzeria Paradiso in downtown Georgetown.
I figured out the bus system and bussed downtown. I sat in the sculpture garden and took a break from the humid weather.
The Smithsonian Museum of Art was my destination to check out the Cezanne exhibit that was there.
The exhibit was focused on his portraits. It was amazing.
cut through to the modern wing
fell upon a whole room of Modiglianis – my fav.
One of my fav painting in person. So cool.
Went out to dinner with a big group to Roofers Union in Adams Morgan. Sat a long table with a view of the bustling street
Courtney and stayed after dinner and had another drink on their rooftop patio with the rest of the youngsters.
Thursday, May 31st, 2018
I started my day at the Renwick Gallery that had an exhibition of works from Burning Man.
Their large formal gallery was installed with all different balsa wood cutouts to look like a temple.
They encouraged everyone to write on everything.
I like the Renwick because the museum is different every time you go there.
Strolled past the White house after the museum. Trump helping any country…. ha ha ha… that’s a good one. Trump helping anyone besides himself… thats a good one. OK – enough of that.
Bussed back down to Georgetown area to visit Dumbarton Oaks.
I toured the amazing gardens.
more pea gravel transitions
Amazing spots everywhere
more nice brick edging
liriope edging… coming to a garden near you soon
Courtney went out to dinner with colleagues and I met Ellen and Wally downtown at Central. We had a nice dinner – had hanger steak et frites – and caught up with them which was great. I also stopped in for a peak at Trump Hotel in the old Post Office building that he RUINED. More security than actual guests and just as tacky as you would imagine.
Friday, June 1st, 2018
breakfasted al fresco at a little place down the street
I walked to the zoo that was just a few blocks from our hotel and then walked toward the National Cathedral.
The Bishop’s garden there was another beautiful formal garden.
I likes this purple and green border. The plant in front is called ‘Pentagon: Dark towers bearded tongue’.
They were still doing repairs on the cathedral as a result of damage from the earthquake a few years ago.
I met Courtney for a late lunch.
Chilled out by the nice pool for awhile.
and then headed to the Smithsonian African American museum that we got tickets for months ago.
It was an interesting museum packed full of stuff.
The building was beautiful.
We were there for 2 1/2 hours before it closed and only got through about half of it.
We walked down the mall and were happy to be there for Friday Jazz in the garden.
Lots of people enjoying the hot weather and cool jazz.
We went to Zaytinya, a Jose Andres tapas place for dinner. We sat outside and had a really great dinner trying all sorts of different things.
Back on the Metro after a busy day.
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Jack and Ximena arrive in DC in the morning and we met them at the Hotel Harrington where they were spending the night. We quickly walked over to the Portrait Gallery but had to make a side track to In and Out as the museum didn’t open to 11:00.
Powerful Obama portrait. Can’t wait to see what the Trump one will be…
Mrs Obama looking cool
The portrait gallery is in the over 100 year old patent building. great museum.
took a quick stroll through the National Gallery
and the Hirschorn
where we saw this sad looking guy
Courtney and I had tickets for the Holocaust museum and were there for about two hours and then met back up with J and X at Dupont Circle.
We had drinks and appetizers at a South American place and then had pizza down the street at another Pizza Paradiso. Said goodbye and headed back.
Saturday, June 2nd 2018
We had a mid morning flight back to CLE and made it home with no troubles. Another great trip.