Rolan has been working in D.C. for the last few weeks, so as soon as I finished my last class of college (!), I hopped on a plane to visit him. I love D.C. for its exceptional layout (designed by a French man), its free museums, its historic charm, and its endlessly fascinating present.
While we both had work to do intermittently throughout my time in D.C. (Hello, final paper!), we nonetheless managed to pack in a lot of exploring. My first night there, we grabbed a table at Rose’s Luxury, where we had a sublime meal full of flavor combinations I had never encountered before.
The next day, we enjoyed a delightful evening wandering through Georgetown, my favorite neighborhood in D.C. With its brick row houses, abundance of college students, and perch along a river, the area evokes a petite, pastel Boston.
As the setting sun washed the ivy-covered neighborhood in golden hues, we strolled down the main street, which is tightly packed with high-end stores. I ogled many dresses well out of my budget and settled for cupcakes instead. As one does.
As night fell, we grabbed dinner at local favorite &pizza, which loosely follows the Chipotle model: You step up to the counter, build your personal pizza out of locally sourced ingredients, then enjoy your creation fresh from the oven a few minutes later. We stopped by smack in the middle of a dinner rush, and the place was stuffed. If you go there, I recommend you get your pizzas to go and enjoy them al fresco in a park. After dinner, we snuggled up next to the river and enjoyed some wine.
The next day, we got a slow start to our morning and headed into downtown to tour museums. The day was sizzling hot—almost breaking records—providing the perfect backdrop for the People’s Climate March. I completely slipped a sprocket and unfortunately didn’t realize the march was happening until it was too late to join in. However, we did see many protestors strolling through the city in the afternoon, and their clever signage and positive energy were heartening.
We paid (or, rather, didn’t pay) visits to the Library of Congress, the National Botanic Garden, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Air and Space Museum. The Library of Congress has always been my favorite. I love reading the collection of quotes painted on the ceilings, admiring the paintings of various muses, and seeing reverence given to the arts, learning, and truth.
Finally, we strolled down the National Mall, finishing our day by watching the sun set over the capital.
Coming up next, our side trip through the Virginia countryside!