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Friday, September 18, 2009

Jenelle and Sarah Do DC

Last weekend, I went on a weekend trip to Washington, DC with my college roommate Sarah. More photos from the trip are up on our shutterfly account here.

We arrived on Friday morning and spent the day walking around the National Mall and visiting a few of the Smithsonian Museums. We saw the rockets at the Air and Space Museum, the Monets at the National Gallery of Art, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution at the National Archives and more.

Friday night, we took a monument bike tour. We started near the Federal triangle and then biked to the White House, the Washington Monument, the major war memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial and even the Albert Einstein Memorial.

On Saturday morning, we first went to the Newseum, an interactive museum of journalism and freedom of speech. It was a great museum, very interactive, and they had some great exhibits. They had a large span of the Berlin Wall, the broadcast antenna from the top of one of the twin towers, and newspapers covering major historical events from the past few hundred years.

From the top of the Newseum, we had a great view of the Capitol building. The weekend we were there, there happened to be a large protest in town. While there were crowds everywhere, it was neat to see people filling Pennsylvania avenue as they marched toward the Capitol.


After the Newseum, we took the metro out to Arlington National Cemetery. We visited the Kennedys' graves (John, Robert, Edward), saw a changing of the guard ceremony at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and enjoyed the beautiful views from Arlington House at the top of the hill. We had a great tour guide who shared lots of interesting facts about all different parts of the cemetery. It was impressive. Afterward, we had dinner in Georgetown at a restaurant overlooking the Potomac River.

On Sunday morning, we walked to the Capitol and also saw the Supreme Court building. Then, we had brunch at Art and Soul, a restaurant owned by Art Smith, who was a contestant on Top Chef Masters. Afterward, we took the metro back to Georgetown to walk around the shops and see the neat old buildings. We stopped at the White House on the way back, then headed back to Union Station to take the train to the airport.

We had a great weekend and it was so fun to spend time with Sarah. We hadn't seen each other since Sarah's wedding last summer, so it was fun to catch up and bum around DC together. We're already thinking of where to go next year!


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