Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Road Trip Diaries: Washington, DC

6 October 2012

We spent nineteen hours in Washington. Fast. We walked the whole mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, down to the World War Two Memorial, up to the Washington Monument.

With Columbus Day only a couple of days away, there were all kinds of memorial ceremonies going on - especially one particularly touching one at the Vietnam Memorial.

It was all very big and grand.
We stopped off at the Hirshhorn Museum of Art (free!) and the Art and Space Museum (also free!) and then dragged our tired feet to Starbucks.
After Capitol Hill we made our way up 7th - to the bars and restaurants. We had a drink at the Rocket Bar - a proper sports bar packed with football supporters, pool tables and darts games.
{On a side note here - these guys don't take underage drinking lightly - there's barely a bar we've been into where we haven't been ID-ed at the door, and even the waiters will ask you for ID when you sit down at a restaurant table. We find it highly flattering being 4 and 15 years over the drinking age respectively, though I'm sure it's just a matter of due course. Just don't forget your ID at home, no matter your age.}

Then we carried on up the road, through China Town, to a restaurant I'd read up about called Ping Pong, where we ate endless delicious dim sum.

One chilly walk home past the White House (we got there just in time to be ushered away by the police as there was some security lock-down going on around the building), so only managed a very blurry photo.

Washington was - well, big, and grand. There's not much more that I can say about it.

Not quite my cup of tea.

Restaurant in Review:
900 7th Street Northwest, Washington
(202) 506-3740

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