Thanks to everyone who chimed in last month with suggestions on my travel dilemma! I ended up choosing Washington, D.C to spend a long weekend with my Mom, and I’m finally getting the chance now to share a few photos.
Apart from the sea of government buildings I’d seen in shows like “House of Cards,” I wasn’t sure what to expect. My research told me that there was lots to do, primarily at the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and the historic landmarks throughout the city.
We got in a few of those, but mostly, we chose to spend our time in the most leisurely fashion, something I rarely permit myself to do when exploring a new city. Traveling with my mom will do that. She doesn’t feel the need to hit the Yelp list of top-rated restaurants or take pictures of every noteworthy thing (which means my camera was mostly tucked away for most of the trip.)
We spent afternoons in the park listening to live jazz, ate street food while sitting on the grass near the Washington Monument and took long, ambling walks with only the loosest agenda.
There was something soothing about the city itself — and maybe it was because I had the leisure of being a tourist, but I’m still amazed at the architecture, which practically begs you to slow your pace and gawk, as well as the abundance of trees and wide-open green spaces everywhere. I’ll obviously be back for the “Great Food Tour”, but here are a few iPhone snaps from our laid-back trip..
And as it is Memorial Day here in the U.S., I couldn’t end this post without honoring those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom. Today, in the midst of picnics and holiday festivities, those sacrifices will not be far from my mind..