Tuesday, February 4, 2020

a whirlwind trip to washington, d.c.

This past weekend, the opportunity arose to take a last minute (literally down to the last minute) get out of town trip—and I went for it. I packed my bags, boarded my dog, and hit the road for 6.5 hours to head down to Washington, D.C. 

I had been to D.C. once before with my family when my sister and I were little, but I didn't remember too much. I do remember going to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and being in awe! I was at an age when this was the first I had ever learned about The Holocaust. Other than that, I remember we stayed at the iconic InterContinental, The Willard Hotel- located just two blocks from The White House. 

This time around, I stayed at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave. I have had the pleasure of staying in many luxury hotels in my lifetime, but this one quickly became one of my favorites. Not only is it a beautiful hotel, but it was actually the Old Post Office of Washington, D.C. completed in 1899. Everything about the hotel was absolutely stunning, down to every detail—including the crystal chandeliers, beautiful (and heavenly comfortable) beds, marble bathrooms, the top shelf liquor and snacks in the room, and even the room keys (!!). Not to mention, the staff was so friendly (and happy), accommodating, and so appreciative. 

The bar in the lobby was my absolute favorite—and filled with interesting people, which always makes for an interesting night. 

The hotel was in a perfect location in downtown which made for easy exploring. Aside from walking around, on Sunday I opted to do a private guided tour of all the famous monuments and landmarks. It cost me a pretty penny, but was soooooo worth my while. You learn so much more when you’re with someone who knows all the history. We visited many of the main sights: The Capitol, Washington Monument, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial (including the reflecting pool), The White House, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial (which was so moving), Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the National Archives Museum to name a few. In my hotel itself was the Old Post Office’s Clock Tower in which you ride up a glass elevator to panoramic views of the city. It was spectacular. I had the best day. The older I get, the more I appreciate history and learning about our ancestors. 

I honestly had the most amazing time in Washington, D.C. My time there flew by so quickly, I hated to leave. Here are a few other takeaways from my weekend away:

From an older French man at the hotel bar, “If you have good weed, you don’t need expensive champagne.” 

—People remember people who are kind to them (you might even get free wine)

—The president needs an invitation to enter The Capitol building (I did not know this) 

—Get out of town, gain perspective 

—Sometimes the best therapy is a long drive and good music

—“Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will.” 

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura


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