A 5.30am awakening which I was actually pleased about! It meant that we can do something early. A time frame that we haven’t experienced on this trip.
I woke hubby up and we headed out at 7am hoping for an early morning breakfast and shop at the Eastern Markets. Unfortunately Capitol Hill wasn’t going to be ready for us until 8am!
We wandered around a bit and returned home for some forgotten items. Finally Le Pain Quotidien was open (delighted to find one close by) and we stopped for a yummy brekkie. Avocado toast for me again. I can’t believe that it tastes so amazingly consistent from one cafe to the next. Yum!
Then we cruised the market which was quite small and headed home to collect the others.
Today we Subwayed more. Our feet are exhausted! We caught the subway to Arlington Cemetry. A very large cemetery, full of significant graves.
The cherry blossoms were beautiful. There was actually a festival of the Cherry Blossom on today but it was a bit too out of our way to get to.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has a changing of the guard ceremony every half an hour. It is quite a long and involved process. Just as well as it would be pretty boring for them standing around for long in between.
Back on the Subway and into the Smithsonian station with a detour for lunch. On the way to the Museum of American History we came across road blockages and a parade. It was for Emancipation Day which celebrates the day that Washington released their slaves in 1862. That is not all that long ago! Having missed the Festival of the Cherry Blossom we were keen to see some marching bands and floats and it didn’t disappoint.
We got to see a float! But not a great example. I wanted to see something really over the top Ferris Bueller style!
Then we finally headed for the Museum of American History. This was probably the one place that I really wanted to see in Washington. We found a huge queue outside for screening! We had to queue for at least 30 minutes in sun that was boiling by now… Hoping all the time that it would be worth it. I really wanted to see Julia Child’s kitchen (I’m a great fan of the Julie and Julia movie) and Dorothy’s ruby slippers (my friend Danette had alerted me to these).
First sighting was the exhibition on the First Ladies. Loved it. Lots of their dresses on display, including their Inauguration Ball dresses.
A dress worn by Jackie O. I wish they had had more of her clothes there. She was such a style icon. Along with Audrey…
It was cool to see photos and stories of all the First Ladies there. Here are the most recent ones. My how Hilary has changed…
After that I could not stand on my feet any longer and I had to head for home. My feet hurt so much! It was a long, slow crawl home. There are beautiful displays of tulips everywhere at the moment which helped. The colours are beautiful.
Last task of the day was to pack again ready for an early start tomorrow. Always a big job and getting a little bit harder to fit in each time…
25 000 steps – felt like a lot more…