i kept expecting olivia pope to walk by. (scandal fans, anyone?) this is a DC post! and the last of our pennsylvania trip.
so, here's what went down:
1030pm the night before, sitting around the table playing gin with grandma (she was creaming me, by the way.) joe's parents say surprise! we're going to DC tomorrow!
now, this is beautifully spontaneous in theory. those of you that have done DC know where this is going. you can't up and spontaneously see all of DC in 8 hours. but the martones are a road-trip, go-get'em family and they were up for the challenge. so, at 5am we all piled in the rental van (i got bitch seat. heh...) and drove 6 & 1/2 hours from erie, pennsylvania to washington, DC.
the first thing we did when we arrived was stop for lunch at five guys. this was actually my first five guys burger ever. the peanuts reminded me of my papa, who has peanut-time in the backyard of his house every day at 4 o'clock. (a grandkid's favorite).
and, can i say, everyone dresses so nice in DC! either everyone is working for the president or DC is just a fancy place. also, no one wears summer clothing. probably because it's freezing there most of the time... i wouldn't mind wearing fall clothing year round. all the sophisticated blazers, sweaters, boots, pea coats. heart eyes.
after we visited the holocaust museum (the one in LA is much better) we went to the american history museum. joe loves american history. he has said, many times, that if the musician thing didn't work out, he would go back to school to become an american history teacher. DC was definitely a big deal to him.
i saw julia child's kitchen.
in case you don't know, i love the movie julie and julia. it's actually been a big motivation for me to start this blog, and every time i watch that movie i want bruschetta. also, meryl streep. i bought the book that inspired the movie just a couple weeks ago and i started it on the plane ride to pittsburgh. so, stumbling upon julia's exact kitchen in DC was just so thrilling! like i told joe and his sisters, this is her collection of musical instruments, cooking version. joe has a shed full of percussion instruments that are his pride and joy that help him acheive his dreams. this was julia's equivalent, julia's shed.
whizzzz louisette berthole?!
forgive my it's-summer-in-DC-and-i'm-sweating-like-a-pig look.
after running through the natural history museum and missing the declaration by 5 mins (don't advertise a 5:30pm closing time when you actually mean 5pm.) we walked the mall. man, that washington monument is a killer. it's so tall, intimidating, and historic. fun fact, it was so windy at the base of the monument that i felt like i could lift my feet up off the ground and actually fly against the wind. ridiculous.
the world war memorial is new and absolutely breathtaking. we walked by it on our way from washington to lincoln. could have sat there at that beautiful fountain for ages.
lincoln's memorial was one of my favorite parts. i'm pretty sure it was joe's, as lincoln is his favorite president. i have never seen a building so beautiful. you must've had to be pretty freaking amazing to have something like this built for you.
and so concludes our pennsylvania trip. it was an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity for me and i'm very thankful that i got to share this experience with joe and my future family. seeing our nation's capital is incredible. i get why everyone needs to visit this place at some point in their lives. heck, i even saw an amish family buying tickets at the washington monument. ha! (by the way, one of my pennsylvania goals was to spot an amish person and i ended up spotting several! a couple getting in to a car in the country, a family at an amusement park, and this family in DC. yes!)
joe and i have already decided to go back and visit again some day. we need to see everything there is to see, and we are so taking segways next time. although, i got a fabulous fast-walking work out. highly recommendable.
happy august, happy vacation, happy summer.