So today was our 1st Anniversary :) We woke up a bit earlier than we would have liked because we had 10:00 reservations do the National Archives. We got on the metro and arrived about a block from the Archives. We saw a huge line outside with signs saying over an hour wait from this point and thought that is where the reservation line was but decided to ask a security guard if that is where we belonged. He said no and pointed to the door marked "special guests." So we went in there, showed our tickets, and walked straight into the metal detectors skipping the huge line! Thank you online reservations :) We arrived early enough where the exhibits were pretty much empty so we read about the history of our Nation through the artifacts the Archives had.
About an hour later we decided to head to the main displays, Bill of Rights, Constitution, and the Deceleration of Independence. We waited about 10 minutes to go to the area with all the documents, most of which were too worn down to even read but pretty cool anyways. We also saw a copy of the Magna Carta and a movie about the Archives.
We decided to stop by the Natural History Museum on the way to our Holocaust Museum reservations and there was just a few things I wanted to see and we didn't want to spend much time due to the hoards of children we knew would be there. On our way we saw part of the Rolling Thunder that were having their parade. Inside there we saw the Hope Diamond, dinosaurs, and some weird ancient creatures.
Natural History Museum
After this we picked up some sandwiches at a vendor and sat and watched more of the Rolling Thunder. 45 minutes later and when we had 10 minutes until we were late to our Holocaust Museum reservations we decided to run across the street during a break of the motorcycles! We made it to the Holocaust Museum and entered during out time slot. This museum was absolutely packed. It was really well done and they had lots of artifacts, history, and videos but nothing can beat actually being at the concentration camp. I also really wished parents would have honored the "10 and under not recommended in the exhibit" guideline as there were lots of kids in there that are too young to understand where they are at.
After this we decided we'd walk to the Jefferson Monument, FDR Memorial, and back to our hotel.
..bad choice! It was about 95 and 90% humidity. We did okay until the FDR Memorial when I wanted to stop walking but Derek insisted we persist. We made it to the White House before we were running out of time to go shower before our dinner reservation and decided to get a cab the last mile or so. We showered and changed and then walked to the Dupont Circle metro station to get on the shuttle bus that Georgetown provides and dropped us off close to our restaurant of chioce, Filomena Ristorante. It was awesome, expensive, but hey it was our Anniversary! We had a carafe of the house wine, Rice balls for an appetizer, I had gnocchi with homemade dumplings for the main dish, and triple layer mousse for dessert. We were stuffed!