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Washington D.C. Run Weekend

10-13 March 2017

all seasons in one day 30 °F

March 10, 2017
All Seasons in one day:
We arrived to a rainy day in Washington by 0930 and our friend Lindsay drove us right to the Rock n Roll Half Marathon Expo. After a quick walk around the expo and a lot of traffic we got back to her town house in the Shaw neighborhood.
We immediately set out for lunch at Bus Boys and Poets, a funky restaurant within walking distance that also holds a bookstore.
Our day began at 0245 so Curt was ready for a nap while Lindsay and I walked her dog Calla around the neighborhood.
I love the brick townhouse look with the cherry blossom trees starting to open up. During our walk we had snow, sprinkles and sun!
Thanks to our run tomorrow we were destined for pasta to carb load so Lindsay made us a reservation at Ghibellina. It’s an adorable and crowded restaurant serving up wood oven pizza that was just right. The pizza comes out with scissors so you get to “cut” your own slice. I am in love with how we can walk to all these places from the house as a bonus!
I was very impressed with the Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C. race. There were a few things that hit me and here they are:
1. The start was near the Washington Monument and I got some photos before the race 😊
2. Most races during the National Anthem runners are still talking, joking and stretching but here it was silent for the song!
3. Going up one of the hills they had a display commemorating fallen Soldiers, Sailers, Airmen and Marines. Every 2 or 3 feet they had a picture of one of the fallen. At the worst part of the hill were tons of people cheering and holding huge American flags.
I am still enjoying the city life, now to include the metro. We rode to and from the race very easily using public transportation. And after finishing in the cold it was nice to go underground where it was cozy and warm.
All you can eat brunch at El Centro was next on our agenda. D.C. loves their brunch and the Mexican restaurant was packed. For $35 you could get as much food and drink as you wanted from their menu. Mimosa’s were flowing and it was like having tapas in Spain. We got small portions of each item, enough for everyone to try. Curt ordered this benedict that reminded me of green eggs and ham.
The rest of the day was spent napping, walking Calla and watching the movie Arrived.
SUNDAY 12 March
Another beautiful thing about city life is walking to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast in the morning 😊 We indulged in donuts and lounged until it was time to take the Metro to Alexandria to meet a couple of Lindsay’s friends. Roxie and Kennie are moving to Clarksville in the summer so it was fun to meet them and hopefully get them excited about their move. We ate at Magnolias in this adorable and historic town. I had Chesapeake Benedict (with crab meat) and Curt did away with some chicken and waffles. A little bit of shopping in downtown later and then we were on the Metro back home.
I get to be 10 feet tall in Alexandria.
Beautiful street in Alexandria.
Dock in Alexandria.
I’m really in to this city living and Calla seems to enjoy it on the walks also. Lindsay was sweet enough to get me some Moscoto and a chocolate chip cookie cake for my birthday so we enjoyed that with pad thai from DC Noodles. They mixed up our spice levels but was otherwise very good.

MONDAY 13 March
Ted’s Bulletin is an old time sort of restaurant that features homemade pop tarts so naturally I wanted them for my birthday.
We had breakfast while watching I Love Lucy on their big screen TV before hopping on the Metro to get some photos of our National Monuments. We first walked to the White House so Curt could see if he was able to jump the fence. After a few photo ops we continued by the Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and finished with the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials. This was all we had time for before catching the Metro to the airport for our return to Nashville.
Treasury Department
White House
Cherry blossoms in danger due to coming storm!
Lincoln Memorial
Korean War Soldier
Formation in Korean War
Curt contemplating the Korean War Memorial
Vietnam War Soldiers
Vietnam War Memorial

Posted by ErinDriver 18:32 Archived in USA

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