Fall is a wonderful time to visit Washington DC.
Exploring museums and monuments on and off the mall
November 18 on the Mall
Wandering the mall with time to reflect at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Constitution Hall while walking past some of the Mall’s most famous monuments.
November 19 at the National Museum of the American Indian
- Shopping at the Department of the Interior (Tuesday, November 20)
By the time we leave the craft shop, the museums have opened up for the day and a couple of protesters have set up outside the White House.
They seem to simultaneously prove that anyone can have their say (no matter how incomprehensible their message may be) and that generally no one is very interested in listening.
The weather forecast predicted cold and damp weather, so I decided not to bring a tripod – I wasn’t going to want to hang around in the cold taking pictures. Now, here it is, nearly 70. . . . oh well, it is a lovely evening anyway.
We begin with dinner at Café Atlantico. [Alas, no longer in business.]
This is one of my favorite places and, since the night before Thanksgiving is a slow night, we enjoy both a fabulous dinner and an opportunity to learn more about our food from our well-informed waiter.
The air is almost balmy when we leave the restaurant – it feels like a spring evening – so we take a leisurely walk through the mall.
The skating rink is already in place for the season and it is tempting to join them as they languidly circle under the golden lights. But what I really wish is that I had my tripod! It would be a beautiful night to take pictures . . . and the results I’m getting without it are less than stellar.
You’ll just have to take my word for it when I say that it is a picture perfect evening!
- Skip the Turkey, Do the Museums Instead! (Thursday November 22)