Moving to Germany: T-37 Days – Getting Burnt Crispy….

Well, first I must say that after such a wonderful day, Thorsten and I got really bad sun burn……thus we got burnt very crispy.  But the day was totally worth it!

To give you an idea at the epicness of our adventure today, I have supplied a pretty map that we purchased as well as the a marker showing all the places we went to during the day:

Phew! I'm exhausted just looking at this map :P
Phew! I’m exhausted just looking at this map 😛

1, So first we went to the White House and the Executive Building because it was just around the corner from our hotel:

White House

Then of course we had to have breakfast so after a quick Yelp search we discovered Bread Line.  It was a marvelous and cheap little sandwich place where we got a great amount of food at a reasonable price:

Breakfast Sandwich and French Toast made with a Baguette....Nom!
Breakfast Sandwich and French Toast made with a Baguette….Nom!

Once we got food in our belly, we finally started our day.  As we headed south, we came a crossed the South Lawn of the White House where the Easter Egg Roll was taking place.

South Lawn

2. Then just behind us was the glorious Washington Monument.

Washington Monument

We also took the opportunity to take a selfie:

Awwwwwwwww
Awwwwwwwww

Then we made our rounds to the big monuments:

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3. World War Memorial
3. World War Memorial

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4. Lincoln Memorial
4. Lincoln Memorial
4. Lincoln Memorial
4. Lincoln Memorial

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5. Vietnam Memorial
5. Vietnam Memorial

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6. Korean War Memorial
6. Korean War Memorial

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7. Roosevelt Memorial
7. Roosevelt Memorial

As we rounded to the next memorial, we noticed that there were still a cherry blossom or two in bloom:

Cherry Blossoms

Then continued on to the next:

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8. Jefferson Memorial
8. Jefferson Memorial
8. Jefferson Memorial
8. Jefferson Memorial

We started to feel it in our feet after the Jefferson so we rented bikes

Thorsten on a Bike

to start our tour of the National Mall to the Capitol Building:

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9. National Mall
9. National Mall
Smithsonian Castle at the National Mall
Smithsonian Castle at the National Mall

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10. Capitol Building
10. Capitol Building

After that we went over to the National Archive to see the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the Constitution.  No photos were allowed so none were taken 😦

After that crazy adventure, we hit up the closest Starbucks for some cake pops and frappuccinos….

Starbucks

Then went back to the hotel and rest before we were to have dinner with some friends.  We ate at a very popular restaurant called Founding Farmers.  Thorsten and I both highly recommend you eat here if you are ever in the area.  The concept is quite amazing: this restaurant is completely sustained by a local union of farms.  Everything from the dressing to the beers is created by the crops and animals of these farms.  This way you not only know where your food is coming from but you also know the care going into the ingredients.  You can literally taste the love in the food; it is amazing.

Skirt Steak and Farmer's Salad....NOM!!
Skirt Steak and Farmer’s Salad….NOM!!
L to R - Thorsten, La Mari, Lance, Amanda, Marco, and Randhal
L to R – Thorsten, La Mari, Lance, Amanda, Marco, and Randhal

It was a very long day in Washington but wonderful and totally worth it.  We will be heading to New York City the next morning and we will spend most of it on a train so we will be getting rest then.  Some much needed rest.

It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends from IU as well as an old friend from my time in Sevilla, Spain.  Randhal and I have not seen each other since we left Europe back in 2008 to we hope that we don’t go another six years before seeing each other again 😀

Amanda and Lance will be in Europe this coming July and we will most likely be adventuring with them soon 😀

For the rest of you travelers out there: what places do you enjoy seeing in our Nation’s Capital?

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2 thoughts on “Moving to Germany: T-37 Days – Getting Burnt Crispy….

  1. I can’t believe you didn’t take a pic of the Executive building! It’s right next to the white house and one of Lance’s and my fav’s! I wanna live in the building, it’s so freaking stunning.

    Cake pops and frappacinos! lol Now there’s a snack of travel weary champions!

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