How We Spent Our Spring-Break Vacation: A Trip to Washington, DC

At the end of March, my husband and I had the sweet opportunity to leave Atlanta behind for a few days, board a plane to the coast and spend time in our nation’s capital with my husband’s family.

Here’s a little bit of how we spent our time in Washington, DC:

Taking an elevator to the top of the Old Post Office and squinting to see past the horizon as roads turned into strings and massive stone buildings into specks down below.

Walking around the White House grounds, peering at the backyard garden and trying to snap pictures through the fence bars.

Visiting the Library of Congress. Seeing the Gutenberg Bible. Looking at copies of Jefferson’s drafts of the Declaration of Independence.

Sitting outside the Capitol building, wondering what all is going on inside.

Standing puny beside the huge stone sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and reading the words of the Gettysburg Address carved into the walls.

Opening eyes wide to take in the whole of the Washington Monument, stretching high into the sky.

Wandering the grounds of Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s estate. Being impressed by the bright, leafy green walls of the dining room and a shocking shade of teal in another; I took a color palette home with me because I was so enamored with his decorating sensibilities. (Unfortunately, they wouldn’t allow photography inside the building.)

Looking out over the Potomac River and peering into Washington’s tomb.

Somberly walking around the WWII Memorial, taking in the breadth of the sacrifice those men gave. Being thankful that neither my husband or I have had to put our lives on the line for peace like that.

Admiring breathtaking skeletons of manatees and wooly mammoths, mice and men and a few mummies for good measure at the Natural History Museum.

Walking among live butterflies and trying to capture their fluttering wings on film while they darted from flower to flower, fern to fern and occasionally took a break to land on my sweater or jeans which just made me giddy.

Finding new restaurants. Splurging on Starbucks each day. Taking breaks at Barnes & Noble and thumbing leisurely through a huge stack of home d├ęcor magazines.

Riding the subway and getting to know the colors and stops and street corners. Going to bed early because of all the walking we did, traipsing about until our feet were sore.

But more than all the site-seeing and subway-riding and sandwich-eating was spending time with family, whom we typically only get to see once or twice a year. Catching up with lives and leisurely things that otherwise go invisible amid the long-distance connection. Watching one another grow and grin and learn and laugh. Together.

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  1. This is a great post. My husband and I are taking my daughter to the capital in the near future and your postcard alone was worth the read. You are okay with being pinned, yes?

    By the way, stunning pictures!

  2. Oh, you'll have so much fun, Megan! We tried to get in to see the White House but we weren't able to. You have to write your Congressmen/women to get a pass. I'd suggest doing that ASAP if you want to do that.

    Pin away!

  3. Good photos! I really hope I get to visit Washington one day.

  4. Lovely pictures, Carmen! I'm pinning this for future travels. Thanks. :)

  5. Love.Love.Love. D.C. The Metro is my complete favorite. Glad you guys had fun. There is always something new to see there. Last year, we went to the library of congress- after all these years, my FIRST time there. We have yet to top the Washington Monument. Maybe next time. :) Glad you had so much fun. Maybe I will "pin" you under "best pals ever." Heehee.

  6. And that last butterfly picture is AMAZING!!!!!!!

  7. Beautiful pictures! I'd love to travel more with my husband.

    I just went to DC this past weekend with a friend for her birthday!

    We went to see a tiny house, like the famous ones by Jay Shafer (youtube it). It was pretty cool! Of couse, DC's not too far for me; just a couple hours south.

    If a butterfly landed on me, I'd have a hard time holding still for the excitement :D

  8. Thanks for the compliments on the photographs, ladies! Sometimes I have to force myself to take more photographs :)

    Jackie, the tiny house sounds amazing!! And there was no need to hold still for the butterfly. It LOVED my sweater and finally the lady had to coax it off because I was afraid I'd accidentally hurt it. I walked around with it perched on me for a good 5 or 10 minutes!

  9. as someone who is from dc and lives there currently, i must say your pictures are wonderful! you definitely were able to capture the essence of the city beautifully!

  10. Oh, that's such a kind compliment, NaijaDreamie! I loved visiting your town and exploring it. I hope to get to go back again someday soon and do even more!


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