Washington DC: Other Known Landmarks to Explore
My Washington DC adventure continues! Since I am writing a series of blog about this trip, I realized that I went to so many places in Washington DC in 3 days and guess what? There are still a lot of places that I haven’t explored and I feel so bad not spending more time than I should. Traveling gave me the opportunity to know myself better and I am surprised that even I don’t know myself enough. I am a city and historic site traveler. I don’t like to be by the beach that much which is surprising for a girl from the tropics and I only knew this when I started traveling. I fell in love with Washington DC because it is rich in history and I am glad they preserved it for the future generation to see.
Washington DC is also the place where I don’t mind getting lost because I know it will take me to an interesting place. Every corner there is something special to see, it could be a museum, monument, memorial, park, etc. Name it, they all have it.
The Smithsonian castle was at the top of my list of the places that I want to visit in DC. Everyone who watched the movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian must be familiar with that orange castle behind me. They say it’s red, but I see it as orange and as far as I know I am not color blind. Lol. Oh! And that is the only movie where they allowed the name Smithsonian to be used in the title.
This neo-Gothic structure was named after James Smithson, a British man who donated his fortune to Washington DC, hence, the Smithsonian Institution was born. The castle photo does not include the right wing because it was under renovation at the time of our visit.
National American History Museum
This is one of the museum under Smithsonian Institution’s belt and the most popular, because it holds more than 3 million artifacts of American history and culture. I think I mentioned when I blogged about the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa that don’t like going to history museums because I find it boring. Well, I felt the same way when I went to this museum. This is one of the things that I learned about myself, that I only love art museums and nothing more. I love historic sites but not history museums.
If you are a lover of history and want to get a glimpse how US look like before and how it got diversified, this is a good place for you to start.
Statue of George Washington, by Horatio Greenough
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
On our way to our tour bus stop, we passed by the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden so we took a bit of our time to see the garden’s interesting sculptures.
An Entrance to the Paris Métropolitain by Hector Guimard,
Typewriter Eraser, Scale X by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Spider by Louise Bourgeois
Graft by Roxy Paine
House I by Roy Lichtenstein
Four-Sided Pyramid by Sol LeWitt
Thinker on a Rock by Barry Flanagan
AMOR by Robert Indiana
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This V-shaped 150.42 meters long gabbro walls inscribed the names of the brave soldiers who fought during the Vietnam War. This is one of the controversial memorial because people see this as a scar of the nation or a garnish wall of shame. Symbolically, this memorial is described as a “wound that is closed and healing”, which I myself agree. People must not put negative connotation of how this memorial was designed, instead, people must focus in honoring those soldiers for their bravery.
The Three Soldiers statue is also part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
This is one of my favorite building structure in Washington DC. Eisenhower Executive Office Building is located next to the White House, and houses a majority of offices for White House staff. This French Second Empire style of architecture took 17 years to be completed by Architect Alfred Mullett.
Renwick Gallery houses the finest American craft and decorative art and is known as “the American Louvre”. This is definitely one of the museums that I want to visit but we run out of time so I just took a snap shot outside.
Where to eat in DC:
There is no Shake Shack in Montreal and they are all over the place in DC! This is the burger place that I want to try in the US next to In and Out Burger and I am glad I was able to satisfy that cravings when I was in DC. Their burger is tasty and flavorful. I love it!
I am a big fan of seafood and Lobster Roll is something that I want to try. We found a good place with good reviews and has a reputation of being a number 1 Lobster Roll in NYC so without a doubt, we gave it a try.
This is their Lobster Roll (300 Cal). As described on the menu, it is a quarter pound of chilled, wild caught lobster in a split top bun with melted lemon butter, mayo, and secret seasoning. So this is what I think, the cost of this Lobster Roll is $17 USD, it is not filling but satisfying. The taste is just okay and I don’t think it is worth it for the price of $17.
The is a highly recommended breakfast place in DC so on our last day, we went there to give it a try. We ordered their breakfast set for $10. My customized breakfast set is composed of Pork Sausage, Scrambled Egg, Farmers Salad and Grilled Buttered Ciabatta. The food was great, I love it but I love their service more. Their waiter explained the menu properly and gave suggestion based on our preference. I would also recommend this place to everyone who are going to DC.
I went to their toilet and it is covered with quotes and phrases. This one strikes the most.
My last blog for Washington DC will be our fun visit to Madame Tussauds. Stay tune for that!