We have been living in the DC area for about six weeks and hadn't yet taken time to visit the city. Finally on Saturday we got a chance to go. We can take a bus from the college straight to the metro station, but on Saturday the parking lot at the metro station is free, so we just drove down. We bought tickets and were off. There was only about two other people in the car on the train we got on.
First we went to the Library of Congress. John wanted to get a Reader's Card so he can do some of his doctoral research there. The Library of Congress has several buildings. This is one of the newer ones and the place where one must obtain the card. After he got his card he wanted to do some work in the periodicals room, also in that building. So I went over to the older building...the one you undoubtedly picture in your mind when I mention the Library of Congress. It is an absolutely beautiful building inside. I could spend a long time in there just people-watching and enjoy the grandeur of the place. Unfortunately you can only go in the reading room if you have a Reader's Card. Maybe I will have to get a Reader's Card just so I can go in there! There was a door you could peek into, but I want to see and smell the books!
From there I went back outside and found John and then we met Daniel for lunch. We went to a Thai restaurant for lunch. I thought it was a bit expensive at $9-something a plate. But we got tons to eat and it was delicious. Later on the mall I saw they were selling hotdogs, fries, and a cookie for $11.75 so that made our lunch deal look like money better spent!
After lunch we walked past the capitol and wandered around the mall. They were having a huge book exposition on the mall...selling books, authors speaking, and book signings by authors. I only saw two names on the list of authors that I recognized. We didn't buy anything, but it was fun to wander around. It was a pretty hot day and I was dehydrated so I finally found a place to buy a $2.00 bottle of water. Wow, did it taste good!
From there we headed over to the Museum of American History. Of course, since I was with my two war-history loving men we spent most of our time in the war section: Revolutionary, Civil War, World Wars I & II, and Vietnam. I must admit it was very interesting and I even learned some new things. Then they humored me and we went to see Julia Child's kitchen, also in that museum. Last of all we visited the transportation section. We'll have to go back there as we only saw less than 1/3 of the museum. And I've got to go see the First Ladies' Inaugural Ball gown display. I've seen it before and definitely want to see it again.
By then it was time to head home. First we took two very crowded trains back to where Daniel stays so I could get his prescription to refill for him. Then we headed home. My feet and back were so tired we just had left-overs for supper!