Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Washington DC Trip: Day 3

Our third day in DC was a Saturday, and it started with a reservation at the White House.  A week later and I'm still smiling about it.  My mom got us on the list for a tour, and it was a total thrill.  We arrived promptly at our designated time, waited in line for security and then... we were inside.  It was really crazy to be walking in the front door and knowing that we were in this building with so much history - so many significant people and events in that house.  Just really cool.  Highly recommend the tour to anyone visiting Washington.

After the White House, we walked to the National Archives, where we saw the Magna Carta, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.  Mind boggling to see these documents that are hundreds and hundreds of years old, and directly impacted life today. After quick pit-stops to grab our purses (no purses allowed at the WH!) and change shoes at Joe's, we hopped the DC Metra and headed to Arlington, VA to see Arlington National Cemetery.

The sheer volume of white grave markers was inspiring, and incredibly sad.  The sacrifices that so many have made... makes me cry just thinking of it.

That night we found ourselves in the Georgetown neighborhood, seeing the Potomac, and most importantly, capping off our trip with Joe.  We found a restaurant called Mr. Smiths, and had one of the best beers of my life (two of them, if you must know).

That was my grandma Phyllis' 20 year death anniversary, and we raised a glass and told stories of her and of life back then.  It was a special way to remember, surrounded by two other people who loved her so deeply.

It was a really special trip - seeing Joe and his life in DC, celebrating some milestone birthdays (25/30/55!) and taking the opportunity to spend time together.  I cannot wait to go back.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the posts. Of course I'm loving the memories, and honored to have made them with you and Joe.


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