Friday, July 13, 2012

D.C. By Car


So I'm going to knock this out pretty quickly since most of our time in DC was spent in the car.

My step grandfather passed away in March and this past weekend was his memorial service at Arlington Cemetery.

My mom, dad, sister, and I left early on Saturday morning and arrived in the city mid afternoon.  Since it was 100+ degrees, we did a complete city tour by car.

After driving through a lot of DC, we ventured over to Old Town Alexandria.  We quickly sought A/C by sitting down to a cup of froyo :)

One of the biggest and cutest froyo shops I've seen yet.

Next door was an adorable dog/cat boutique.

We picked out a new collar for Maya.  Hope you approve, Grego!
Once we were done shopping, we made our way into Springfield, VA where we had dinner with my dad's cousin and mom's friend from high school.  But first, we found the house that my mom's family lived in in the 60's!  So neat to see.
We had dinner at a local Irish-y or English-y place (not sure which, if either) called Kilroy's.

We called it a night shortly after dinner. 

After a good night's sleep and yummy breakfast, we headed back into the city.  My aunt Lynn's friend, Dianne (a local) was sweet enough to drive us through the city and throw us out of the car when we wanted to get a closer look at something.

World War II Memorial with the Lincoln Memorial in the background.

Mom and Lynn

Love those two ladies

 When my aunt Lynn lived in DC several years ago, we liked to have lunch up at the top of the Hotel Washington building because it has one of the best views of the city.
 Unfortunately the restaurant at the top has turned into more of a fancy lounge and were only serving brunch ($45 a pop!) so we took in the views for a minute then went elsewhere.
 Hey Barack!!!

 We walked down to a famous spot called Old Ebbitt Grill.

Sarah, mom, Lynn, Dianne, Nanny, Janet and Fred
I've been on a kick lately to order things I usually stray away from.  Below are mussels in a white wine sauce with tomatoes and basil.  Delicious!

 Storms started to roll in soon after our late lunch so we drove back to Lorton to relax for a while.  That evening, mom, Sarah and I went back into the city to see it lit up at night.  Unfortunately, nighttime pictures out of a moving car do not end up very pretty. 

Gus' service at Arlington was very nicely done and was a great tribute to such a patriotic and honorable man.  He is missed greatly!

We left immediately after the service and were back in the boro around 10pm. 

I'll be back soon with details about this week!

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