FalsePositives goes to DC

That’s DC as in “District of Columbia”, aka in the capital of the USA. At the end of this October we made a extra long weekend trip to Washington DC. It was a first trip for me, so lots of touristy stuff.

We travel back and for from Dulles airport (with a brief and cheap bus ride to the nearest subway terminal : Wiehle – Reston East. I was told it is being extended all the way to the airport by 2018) on their Metro system, with several other trips taken. Trips are pay by distance via a paper magnetic stripe farecard, with different charges during peak times. Not a bad way to get around.

DC Metro Subway stop

Of course we saw a lot of the famous monuments :
DC Capital Dome
the Washington Monument :
Washington Momument

the Lincoln Memorial next to the reflecting pool (there must be a lot of reflection going you because there where are a lot of reflecting pools) :
Lincoln Memorial

But the Lincoln Memorial, and the words of the Gettysburg Address we very moving
Lincoln Memorial

One of the other big things in DC is the museums! in particular the Smithsonian museums (of which 17 of 19 located in DC and 11 of those on the National Mall. No we didn’t see them all) There are also a bunch of other museums (some of which you even had to pay for admission! – shocking!!) The biggie for me was The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) where we got an excellent tour by one of there Docent’s (new word for me) There are some pretty amazing exhibits to gaze about from the beginning of powered flight (the actual wright brothers plane !!!)
Wright Brothers plane in Air and Space Museum
to the DC-3
DC3 in Air and Space

to (in one area) Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 aka ‘Glamorous Glennis’, the X-15 and SpaceShipOne, with Mercury and Apollo space capsules below. and some more more.
Air and Space Museum

Another Smithsonian museum of note was the National Museum of American History with it’s “Star Spangled Banner” and the Julia Child’s Kitchen displays :
Julia Child's Kitchen

Of the non smithsonian’s we visited the “Spy” museum (fun), the National Archives (United States Constitution, and a special viewing of the Magna Carta), the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building (and its The Gutenberg Bible), and “Meigs Old Red Barn” aka the National Building Museum (another excellent tour by one of there Docent’s)
National Building Museum

we also saw some art at the National Gallery of Art, like Degas’s Little Dancer and Leonardo da Vinci’s Ginevra de’ Benci


Degas's Little Dancer2014-10-25 16.29.25




And on a side trip to GeorgeTown to observe the lineups for said cupcakes (and several others vendors of such) we went to Dumbarton Oaks to see the collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art.
Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian MaskDumbarton Oaks Byzantine Horse


The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens are also well worth a visit.



For the food portion of the visit we saw a row of Food trucks (Toronto to learn from these guys)
Food Truck Row
, and some great food close to our airbnb along Pennsylvania Avenue SE at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar; Montmartre (7th St SE) and the non fancy but yummy Las Placitas Restaurant (517 8th St SE).

For a few more photos of the trip checkout the album for Washington DC 2014

Leave a Reply