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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Day 2: in which we see stuff!

Yesterday was a touristy day for my sister and me - and Curt too! 

It was easier getting around than I thought it would be; we only walked 4 blocks to the Metro, then at Union Station we got tickets to the sightseeing trolley which we caught just outside the doors.

There are a lot of stops along the route, but IMHO at $39 it's a bit pricey.  There are 20 trolley stops in a loop, including a chance to transfer to a different shuttle for the Arlington National Cemetery.  20 stops!!  Come on, who can cover all those places in one day!?  So basically you have to pick and choose which ones you want to visit, then get back on the trolley for the next part of the loop. 

Curt and Michelle at MLK memorial
 Curt was really interested in the King memorial, so we stopped there first.  They were impressed with the layout and the quotes from Dr. King's speeches - Shell says it definitely told a story! 

I visited the memorial just after it opened to the public, before it was scheduled to be dedicated, and it was "standing room only"!  Yesterday, not so much - plenty of room to move around and get close for photo ops.

Shell wanted to see the First Ladies' gowns at the American History Museum, where we also had lunch. (Taste alert!!! They had some chocolate bread pudding in the Stars and Stripes cafeteria that will make your taste buds dance!!) I haven't been to the American History museum for years and years! We didn't have time to go through the whole thing so I'll have to make it a point to go back later.  So much good stuff in there!

Here's a bit of history I wanted to share: when I was born, this is the china service that was being used in the White House!

Then-First Lady Bess Truman had worn this pretty red gown to their inaugural ball.

We didn't have any 9-11 related issues yesterday, it was a great day for doing the touristy thing.  I'm glad Shell and Curt could come at this particular time because a lot of the really hot weather has gone so we all sleep comfortably (I have no central AC). 

I got up this morning (whilst they slept!) and made a few more six-inch blocks; it's coming along nicely!

Shell wants to visit the new casino in Arundel, Md, so today we'll make that short trip among other things.  Enjoy your Wednesday, sew forth and sew on!


  1. There is so much to see in your area - all so close. No you can't do it al in a day or two. Enjoy your day.

  2. So when is the last time you have seen DC?

  3. I was born and raised in DC and it is amazing how much you miss. I actually did a city bus tour with a group that I planned an event for. Very enlightening. I love the black and white. I think I am going to search through my b&w stash for some inspiration. Right now I am at a stalemate. Continue to enjoy your family.

  4. oooh, that is a pretty red dress! I love china and dishes... I'd be going hog wild in that museum.

  5. I have visited my son in D,C, so many times and each time we go somewhere else but there is still so much! I love the museums and there are so many to choose from. (and the price is right).


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