Last night after an early dinner at Central, (which was delicious but a bit heavy) we said our goodbyes to Josh and Jamie and headed to the memorials. We saw the Washington Monument then the WW2 Memorial. We headed to Lincoln but decided to check out Jefferson first. But first we met up with Jennifer who we’ve been corresponding with via email about the conference but never actual met in person. Lots of smiles an hugs. Our goal earlier had been to see the monuments at night but we gave up since it’s summer and the sun stays out forever. Luckily the monuments are deceptively far so by the time we hit Jefferson across the tidal basin it was all lit up. We sat on th steps with Jefferson to our backs and the tallest mason tower to our front, off in the distance across the shimmering water. We were taking shop and for a minute I involuntarily tuned out and thought to myself “this is surreal. I can’t believe I am here.”
Then I felt sorry for all the bachelors living in amazing cities like DC or Paris because breathtaking views like this are commonplace. You couldn’t be much of a pimp taking a girl to “this great view” you know because she’s probably been there a million times before with every other guy who thought ge was original also.
At DCA now getting ready to leave our nation’s capital. But don’t worry, I still have one more stop – Five Guys burgers! Let’s see if this east coast In-N-Out killer has what it takes.
Update: We didn’t plan ahead and they are not in our terminal
We spent the entire day around the mall checking out the museums and monuments. We even caught part of the Duke Ellington jazz festival which just happened to be on the Washington Monument lawn. Damn! We ate at Cafe Atlantico for lunch and had pizza at Pizza Paradisio for dinner. I got some imitation Pinkberry for dessert. It was OK but the west has it on lock.
After the wedding we headed back north and returned the car to Regan airport. This turned out to be a great idea because it saved us the hassle of having to find parking or pay nearly thirty dollars to park at the hotel overnight. We took the train back to the hotel, took a break then I was able to convince Liz to walk to U street to get a late night snack at the infamous Ben’s Chili Bowl. It was well worth the walk and the long line inside. The place reminded me of The Hat back home; a great local joint. The walk back was much quicker. It’s amazing how the landscape and people change depending on where you walk. Tip: don’t stay near your hotel. To out and explore!
Minibar last night was quite the experience and lifechanging. More on that later. We are going to the zoo now! It’s another beautiful fall day in D.C.