Just back from a whirlwind Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C., with my daughter C.
The trip out was a small nightmare. When I arrived at the airport, my 6 p.m. departure had been pushed back to nearly 11 p.m. The time kept getting nudged back and back, until the departure was listed as nearly 1 a.m. At this point, I figured the flight was a non-starter. Still can't believe I was first in line to reschedule. But when the flight info is gone from behind the podium, replaced by "Follow us on Facebook", you know your flight is not happening. Ended up going back home and returning to the airport the next afternoon. This time I made it to Washington, but totally wasted a precious vacation day.
I love Washington. It's such an human-scaled, accessible city, with tons and tons of intriguing shops and cafes, not even mentioning the museums, the arts scene, the monuments. But what I love most is the diversity--the passing parade of humanity of every possible ethnicity. It's an enviable richness for any city, and it's the future of America. So exciting.
Highlights (mostly food-oriented):
- Sunday brunch at the Mansion on O Street--several row houses linked together in a warren of hallways, stairways, secret passages, hidden doorways, and crammed full with curios, books, and tschotschkes, all for sale.
It's an inn, it's a restaurant, it's an antique shop. And oh, the fancy food!
- A visit to the Newseum (well worth the rather hefty admission fee). It included gripping narratives of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 that were thought-provoking and very immediate.
- Lunch at Layla's in Old Town Alexandria. We ordered a bunch of appetizers and loved everything. Oh, Baba Ganoush, I love thee...
All too soon--back to earth and home. But I'm home for only two days and then off to a long weekend quilt retreat in DeSoto, WI. No airports, security screening, or interminable waits. Yay!
Hours and HOURS in airports and on planes gave me sock knitting time and one new sock is well underway. This isn't interesting fiber news, so I'll spare you yet another sock picture.
Off to pack for the retreat!