I have a thing for farmer's markets, I adore them, it's similar to my random obsession with steeples and spires. Rick used to work at this little farm near Baltimore and knowing of my obsession said we should go. After getting some yummy fudge (for breakfast of course) we went past all the peaches and found a petting zoo! Of course closely following my love of farmer markets and church spires is my love of cute and fuzzy things (OK, that's a lie, my love of cute and fuzzy things far surpasses just about anything else!). So I got to start the morning off with chocolate and bunnies, what more could a girl need? And after these fun but frantic days of hyper-tourism Rick had to go back to work, and I spent the rest of my vacation reading, hanging out with his family and the dogs, and watching all the fire flies in the field, sounds like a perfect break to me!
Right by the Peabody and on the way to Walter's was a lovely little park and the monstrous Washington Memorial. At this point though we were pretty exhausted after two fully days of walking everywhere. We were also pretty hot, sweaty, dusty, and hungry so our appreciation of this beautiful space was not all it could be.
Running late seemed to be the theme of the day and we had very little time to get to the Peabody from the inner harbor. Rick has not traveled enough with me yet to know to be leery of some of my "great ideas." So when I said that it would take less time to walk there than to get the car out of the parking garage and drive there, he said "sure." Fast forward to a half hour later, we are still walking, and not really sure where we are but we know that the Peabody is not within site. I say we turn around and as we are walking back we see a sign for the Peabody and the Walter's Gallery, we end up getting there but have missed the scheduled tour time. Since we have nothing to lose we decided to see if we could still get in and were able to walk around one of the most amazing libraries I have ever seen. As we were walking out and I was babbling incoherently about how amazing it was, the woman at the front desk said "and the spiral staircase is through that door to your right." It wasn't anything we had planned on seeing but it was beautiful and I think it's a fitting illustration of how everything seems to work out during travel.
Old power plant, the Border's inside is beautiful and they left some of the stacks from the factory which have been turned into bookshelves.Edo Sushi where the unagi nigiri was great! I think we ended up devouring a serving of edamame, a plate of yakitori, five sushi rolls and then the nigiri! Then feeling very full we got milkshakes (of course!) and walked around in a sleepy stupor. The last time I was in Baltimore we went to the science museum which was great and had a very cool photo exhibit. Unfortunately time during this visit was limited and we had to get to the Peabody library so we did not get to fully indulge at the inner harbor, but between all the sites (and the paddle boats shaped like dragons) you could easily spend a full day just in this small part of the city.
"I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people and that I have been given their trust"
The monument to my favorite president, the FDR memorial is a little harder to get to but is definitely worth the short walk from the Lincoln Memorial. The quotes are two of my favorites from the memorial which makes great use of flowing water, sculpture and quotes to create a powerful memorial to the man who helped lead our country through one of it's most difficult times as a nation.
Canadian Goose? In D.C.? Hope it brought it's passport, they're really cracking down on stuff like that.
I tried to explain to Rick that it is Un-American to not take stupid pictures with monuments where you play with scale and pretend you're touching them, he didn't buy the argument so I guess he obliged me just because he loves me!The Lincoln Memorial is always crowded, and with good reason, it is a moving tribute to an important man, but more significantly, a monument to a tumultuous time in American history and an attempt to move in the direction of progress even with steady and violent protest.
"Look Lauren, the National Archives, so would that be your second Mecca or something? Is the mother-ship calling you home?"It was Rick who at both points in the trip was responsible for pointing out the buildings that signify what I will be doing with the next 3 years of my life (double masters program in Library Science/Archives and History) and hopefully future potential employers!
"The animal exhibits are to your left, minerals and fossils to your right, the butterfly exhibit is up and to the left. Children, no running please, I said No RUNNING! Gosh, why do I get the feeling that no one is ever listening to me?"
"Surprise!! Haha, dude I totally scared you, you should have seen the look on your face. Oh, don't even pretend, you know I had you shaking in your boots man, I totally got you!"
"I know I am too adorably cute. You are fighting urges to nibble my itty bitty ear. You cannot resist, just give in to the cuteness" (imagine it is a little French accent and it is tres magnifique!)
The home of all that great goodness (don't let the pictures fool you, there is more in there than just animals, it's just that my interests are somewhat skewed to the cute and fuzzy, even if the cute and fuzzy has been skewered and stuffed)
My more regular readers will know that it can't be a Lulu trip without some exciting animal adventures, lucky for us the Smithsonian Natural History Museum was more than ready to provide.
For whatever reason the center of the art museum reminded me of the Ministry of Magic in the Harry Potter movies.
Another cool optical illusion, in the picture and in real life it first appears that this sculpture is projecting out at you, but it is actually concave (the center of the house is farther away from you than the two sides)
Initially I wanted to go to the National Museum of American History, but it is under renovation, so we decided to pop into the National Art museum which is also on the mall (I can't imagine living in Washington and having all that knowledge and culture available for free all the time, although then you probably take it for granted!)
Sculptures encouraging people to think about different environmental issues such as overpopulation, pollution, and global warming.
We walked everywhere in D.C. since it was scenic (and gave me plenty of opportunity to walk by ice cream carts!). This meant by the end of the day however that we had covered close to five miles and were completely exhausted. This however was still near the beginning of the walk, before we knew just how silly we were being.
... The Library of Congress, here's a little taste of Rick's and my conversation while touring it...
"Look Lauren, the Library of Congress, isn't that kind of your mecca?"
"I'm gonna have to carry you out of here, aren't I?"
I can't get over how great their collections and displays were. The building itself is amazing, as splendid as any cathedral or temple I've ever seen! When we got to the display of Thomas Jefferson's library I thought I was going to cry. Best of all? All this enjoyment was FREE!