A day trip to Washington D.C.
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The next morning, we were up around 8:00am and ready for breakfast. Now I love to fix a large breakfast in the morning, just asked Adrian "acowboy"!! But Louise is not a big breakfast eater, so I made her a couple eggs over easy, an omelet, sausage and fried potatoes for me, while Lena had a more traditional Swedish breakfast of crispbread, thinly sliced ham and cheese. Of course, Louise being half Swedish, she joined in on this as well!
Louise brought along a Washington D.C. guide book and had marked a few things she wanted to see. If you have never been to Washington D.C., do what Louise did and research what are the things you want to see the most.
After breakfast, we headed to the New Carrollton Metro stop which is about a 20 minute drive from our house in Annapolis. Since we were going to be traveling all over, getting on and off the Metro at different places, we bought day passes.
Our first stop was Arlington National Cemetery, which is where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is, and the burial place of John F. Kennedy, along with more than 300,000 people. There is a bus tour you can take, but since we were trying to get a lot in today, we just walked the cemetery grounds.
Next on the list was the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. The memorial shows the famous flag-raising scene at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. The memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775.
It was now lunch time and we were all hungry. We got back on the Metro and headed to Ben's Chili Bowl. I did a review on this place already, so check it out. If you like hotdogs, chili, and fries with cheese and chili poured all over it, this is the place to go! It's not fancy, the place is small and usually crowded, there is old R&B music playing that the employees sing and dance to, and the service is fast but at times confusing; but it is uniquely Washington D.C.!!!
After a great lunch, we headed to the White House.
Next we headed towards the Lincoln Memorial, stopping at the new World War II Memorial and then the Korean War Memorial. After a brief visit with President Lincoln, we visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also known as "The Wall". If you visit here during the spring or summer, expect a large crowd, especially during Memorial Day weekend when people from all over the world visit here for Rolling Thunder. On Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, about 400,000+ veterans roar across Washington D.
We then headed towards the National Archives building to see the original copy of the Constitution of the United States, as well as the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independents. It was 5:00pm, and the National Archives building closed at 5:30pm, so we just made it. I guess since it was a weekday, and so close to closing, there were only four other people here visiting. This made it very nice to see the documents on display here. Last time Lena and I were here, we had to wait outside in a line for about an hour, then inside in a waiting area for an hour, and then there were so many people inside the Rotunda, it was hard to see the documents.
It was now time to head back home. We did a lot of walking, our feet were tired, and we had plans for dinner out tonight. The Metro ride back to New Carrollton was quick, as was the drive back to Annapolis. Once home, we relaxed a bit to give our feet a rest and chat about all we did and saw today. The weather today was nice actually, about 50f, cloudy but not windy and no rain!
After a short rest at home, we were hungry, so it was time to head to one of our favorite seafood restaurants here in Annapolis, Cantlers Riverside Inn! I wrote a review about this place already when Adrian "acowboy" and Myra were here, but I'm sure Louise will write one too on her blog! Even though it is December, there are still crabs to be had here, and they were very good!!! We started with a few beers and we all ate some Maryland Blue Crabs, then ordered our main dishes.
It was now time to call it a night. We went back home, turned on the TV and the girls curled up on the couch with blankets while we all watched a movie or two. What a great end to a great day!!!