Friday, July 28, 2017

East Coast Extravaganza: Washington D.C Part Three

Oh man, this is the last post of our vacation! I should have written it right after we got home because now I don't remember things as well as I did. I have a great short term memory but a absolutely terrible long term memory. It sucks! I figured it was best to write down what I do remember though.

This was our last full day in D.C! I scheduled a Capitol Tour, they told us to arrive an hour early to get through security and let me tell you, that is way too early. We sat in the lobby forever waiting. 
We took a "tour" of the Capitol-it was basically three rooms that was full of statues (each state has  two statues so that is a lot of statues) and paintings. 
I was actually pretty disappointed in the tour overall. I thought we would be able to go into the actual halls where they meet, but that was a different tour. So I probably would do this again but do is through my representative, you get a more comprehensive tour of the entire capitol. Just FYI for your future travels!
However, it was really pretty and we learned a lot about the artwork, so I don't regret it! They played a film at the beginning of the tour that made me want to wear American Flag apparel from head to toe all the time. That is saying a lot in our current political climate. I was begging the giftshop lady to sell me the movie for my class and she was like "We don't sell it ma'am." I was like PLEASEEEE! Anyway. I came home without a video.

After the Capitol tour, we walked across the street to the Supreme Court. I should have looked into a tour here as well, but I didn't think about it before hand. It's literally gorgeous, all of the Grecian influence is just perfection.

We had lunch at &pizza, it's a little chain but really good, especially their custom soda machine. Seriously! Get the farmer's daughter.

We went across the street to the Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln was killed. A tip, if you can schedule your tour around a ranger talk, definitely do that. I thought I did, but I guess I didn't and it was pretty  uninformative just going through alone. We didn't go in the house where Lincoln actually died (across the street) because the line was insane and we had just waited 30 mins in the Ford's Theatre line despite having tickets. But it's an option, just so ya know.
Another "should I smile here or...?"
 We had tickets to the Newseum and we had to use them even though we were so tired and worn out by this day (we had been gone two weeks at this point-traveling wears on you!) but we didn't want to waste our money, so we headed over to the Newseum. It was cool and definitely worth it. We did it very casually as we were pretty museum-ed out, but we saw a lot of cool stuff. They have this view which was a lot prettier than the pictures show ;)

This was the first newspaper that the Declaration was printed in. I was geeked out. 

My favorite part was this newspaper display, they had a chronological timeline of all these big events with the newspaper front page to match. It was amazing, I loved it. Specifically this one..

Because it was on my birthday!

After the Newseum we had planned to head over to Sushi Taro for their happy hour. Sushi Taro is a Michelin star restaurant, basically meaning it's amazing. They have a happy hour once a week, but only 12 people get let in for it because they just do seating at the bar. We got there a little over an hour before they opened and we were the 9th and 10th people in line, so we barely made it! People kept coming to get in line and realized they weren't getting in and were so sad. The people in front of us were so funny and also weird. Their lives are just so weird to me, like they work in corporate D.C and live in this picturesque neighborhood, it's just like a weird thing to me for some reason. Anyway,  we made friends with them just waiting in line for the hour +. 
ALSO! It was while we were waiting in line that I saw a ROBOT GOING DOWN THE STREET BY ITSELF. Apparently people order food from different places and it DELIVERS it. It was so weird and everyone else thought it was normal but me. Here is a link to the article about these food delivering robots.
Also pt 2, we just missed pride in D.C but this whole street had restaurant after restaurant decked out in rainbow stuff. Like they had what looked like plastic tablecloths all weaved together going from building to building. It was so colorful and amazing and I was sad I didn't get pictures of it.

So yes, we waited forever to eat sushi at a Michelin star restaurant because there is no way we could afford regularly. 

 And oh man, was it glorious.

All this amazing, high quality sushi was only $98.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that is amazing. My personal favorite is the salmon egg one. 

We went back to the apartment (shout out to my SIL for letting us crash her place while she was in Europe) and got ready to go home the next day. We had planned to do one more half day in D.C but honestly we were *so* exhausted that we laid around the apartment and ordered Chinese delivery for lunch. It was perfect.

It was an amazing vacation, like truly amazing. I love going on vacation with just Mark and I, I always come back super shmoopy in love with him even more than I was before. It sucks going from being together 24/7 to our normal routine of just seeing each other at night! Vacation forever!!!! Can't wait to go on many more.
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