Fulltiming Since January 2008 travel blog

Tuesday - Mark and Julia took us to Chasin' Tails near Falls...

Wednesday - Such a pretty jar to keep your leeches in! Smithsonian...

Wednesday - Julia and I had an amazing view at the top...

Another view from the top of the tower at the Old Post...

Wednesday - The United States Navy Memorial.

Wednesday - I met a handsome sailor at the United States Navy...

Wednesday - The National Archives Building across from the United States Navy...

Wednesday - Hill Country BBQ in D.C.

Thursday - Julia and I had a girl's day out while Mark...

The window in the Abraham Lincoln Bay at the Washington National Cathedral...

The High Altar at the east end of the Cathedral nave. There...

Julia in front of the High Altar.

The Children's Chapel is built to the scale of a six-year-old child.

The detail work in the Children's Chapel is beautiful.

Julia in the Children's Chapel.

Everywhere we turned in the Cathedral we saw something grand and beautiful.

The colors are beautiful.

More beauty in the Cathedral.

A closer look at the detail.

The gold tiles sparkled so pretty in the Resurrection Chapel.

Julia in the Resurrection Chapel.

I like how it looks as if they are adjusting his pillow...

Thursday - Julia and I ate lunch in Lafayette Square park.

Thursday - I wanted to pop in for a visit with the...

Thursday - We all went to Mon Ami Gabi (an amazing French...

Mark is grilling!

Saturday - The Enola Gay at the National Air and Space Museum...

National Air and Space Museum Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center

National Air and Space Museum Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center

National Air and Space Museum Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center

Our "grand kitty" -- Sheeba!

Our fun with Mark and Julia continues! We have had such a busy time and enjoyed every moment of it. Dinners out, sights to see, history to learn about, Metro rides, laughter, fun and then more food... what a whirlwind visit of family joy!

On Wednesday Julia and I left Willis and Blayde at home (Mark was at work) and we visited the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History. I loved seeing the gowns worn by the First Ladies, the assortment of American history artifacts, Julia Child's kitchen, the Hope diamond, the Star Spangled Banner and various other goodies tucked into these amazing buildings. Midpoint during our Smithsonian day we ate lunch from a food truck (it was really good food!) and then went back to our museum viewing, which included a visit to the top of the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue. We walked until my legs cried "uncle".

Thursday Julia and I explored the Washington National Cathedral. It is a beautiful building! Sadly, there was damage still being repaired from the 2011 earthquake, so we couldn't see some sections due to reconstruction, but what we did see was magnificent and such a treat to explore with Julia. We then walked around the Farmer's Market, bought our lunch from one of the vendors, and took our goodies to Lafayette Park to enjoy on a park bench in the shade. While there we saw demonstrators carrying Egyptian flags and organizing for a long and enthusiastic march to voice their concerns with the current affairs in Egypt. After we finished eating we walked around the perimeter of the White House taking in all the sights.

Mark was off work on Friday, so we all four (and Blayde) headed for Chantilly, VA, to view the many technological wonders located in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center/National Air and Space Museum. I believe this is Willis' favorite outing this trip as he wandered from display to display reading the many details on the various planes and spacecraft. I particularly enjoyed seeing the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Mark and Julia seemed to enjoy this museum, too, paying particular attention to the sleek Concorde on display. After our day of sightseeing we ate dinner at Hank's Oyster Bar (I will make a separate trip journal entry for that experience.)

Today, Saturday, we enjoyed a stroll into Old Town Alexandria in order to wander around the many stalls set up for Farmer's Market. After enjoying the sights and scents of the market we went to Daniel O'Connell's for a real Irish Brunch of eggs, black pudding, bangers, rashers and brown bread with Kerrygold butter. Once again our tastebuds delighted in the variety of quality foods available in this part of the country. Mark and Julia are such fun foodies and know just where to eat and tour!

This evening will be spent grilling hamburgers and veggies on the back patio (including corn and eggplant from Farmer's Market stalls) and enjoying family time. Sadly our visit with Mark and Julia is coming to an end as we "hit the road" tomorrow and let them get their lives back to normal. I can never express how much fun and joy this visit with these two amazing people has brought me. My heart is happiest and fullest when we four are all together. When we are apart I always feel that painfully empty spot in my heart where they belong. Thank goodness for phones and email so we can keep in touch!

Happy Travels,


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