Valentines Day in D.C.

Valentines Day in D.C.

photographs by Taylor

What to do on Valentines Day…..I got it!  Let’s stop by a few iconic sites in good old D.C.  It’s just me and my two little lovelies hanging out today, with my dad as the chauffeur.  Having someone to drop you off and pick you up is crucial, because the parking situation in the District can be a little frustrating to say the least.

First Stop:  Jefferson Memorial in S.W.  I love this place because it’s one of the least visited memorials, and it lives in Southwest, my old stomping ground.  Here you can enjoy the beautiful architecture that is the Jefferson Memorial, usually without the huge crowds of tourists that flood some of the other memorials like the Lincoln.   As we stroll around Jefferson I feel relaxed and at ease as the warm sun beams down on us.

Second Stop:  The Museum of Natural History, or the dinosaur museum as my daughter lovingly calls it.  I’ve been to this place so many times I’ve lost count, but it never fails to put a smile on my face when I’m there:)  Whether you come to see the Dino bones, the mummies, the Hope Diamond, or the live butterfly exhibit, there is something in this building to capture and inspire any imagination.  This is by far the most popular museum in D.C. and is a must stop for anyone visiting!

Third Stop:  Lafayette Square and The White House.  Anytime you enter Lafayette Square you never know what’s in store.  After passing multiple law enforcement branches like the Secret Service, Homeland Security, FBI, CIA, and MPD to name a few, you will then find Vietnam Veterans,  protestors, the homeless, or just plain interesting characters occupying this peaceful sanctuary that lies a couple hundred feet from the front doors of the Presidential Palace.  As we finally get a glimpse of the White House, my daughter asks if Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia are inside watching us and if we can go knock on the door and pay them a visit, lol.

Fourth Stop:  Ben’s Chili Bowl.  Ben’s Chili Bowl has been a staple of D.C. cuisine since the beginning of time, actually it was established in 1958.  It’s stood the test of time including being one of the few businesses spared from burning during the infamous D.C. riots that occurred after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.  in 1968.  Since then Ben’s Chili Bowl has exploded on the scene to become a landmark restaurant in D.C.  But I must say it lives up to the hype, we had some damn good chili dogs today!

She was happy after the chili dog :)

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