Saturday, July 18, 2015

Home Again, Home Again... DC Wrap Up

Sadly, "vacation" is over (it was a working vacation, involving a conference... but it was a vacation nonetheless).  We had a GREAT time.  It was exciting being with friends who had never been to DC before.  There is so much to do and see, we could never have fit "everything" in, but we tried.  After flying in on Sunday, we had the afternoon to sight see.  Being that we knew Sunday would have the largest block of time, we walked to the National Mall.  I love visiting the monuments.  They are such a moving tribute to those who have served our country (whether it be as president or through the armed forces).

With Monday being a little tighter on time (and with a little drizzly weather), we went over to the Museum of Natural History and The Museum of American History.  We buzzed through a couple of floors in each building... I could have spent days WEEKS just poking through all that the Smithsonian has to offer.  Fascinating, just amazing!
The First Ladies' Dresses... Love this display!
Tuesday was lonnnggg.  The work sessions began at 8:00 and we were booked solid through 5:30.  (We bunked the last session.... shhh, don't tell!).  We decided to go to the Holocaust Museum since the majority of us hadn't been there before.  There really are no words.  Moving?  Humbling? Overwhelming? Haunting? Emotive?  I just don't have the words to capture the experience.  There is a "Permanent Exhibit" we were unable to see (you need a pass to get in and there weren't any passes left for the day) that I would be very interested in getting to "next time".

Even though Wednesday was our return to reality day, we were able to sneak in some time at the Zoo.  It was a little drizzly, but totally worth it.  Again, we didn't see everything there was to see, but enough to say that we went and did enough without over doing it.
Obviously THE Boss.
I won't bore you with pictures of all the AMAZING food we ate, but I do have to share one picture....
How cute is that?  We went to a corner cafe and our coffee was served with animal crackers and this teeny picture of cream.  The perfect way to end our stay in DC!

And now this...