We had a weekend in Washington before we flew home. This was the part of our trip that was most organised, as we booked free guided tours of the Pentagon and Capitol Hill three months in advance, and tickets to a NBA Basketball game when the tickets were released in August. Mr B is a massive West Wing fan (I never got into it) and we both love House of Cards (I was secretly hoping we would bump into Kevin Spacey) so I was always looking to get the picture postcard shots.
Unfortunately it didn’t get off to a good start as the Capitol was surrounded in scaffolding!
However, our first port of call was actually the Pentagon, not in Washington DC, but across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia. It was only two stops down from our hotel so was conveniently placed to be our first stop of the day! The Pentagon tours last about one hour and are taken by a member of military personnel, who walks backwards the entire time, relating facts about the armed forces and the building. There were lots of displays but as we were walking most of the time (and covered 2 miles in about 40 minutes, incidentally this is less than an 1/8th as the Pentagon has about 17 miles of floor space in total if you were to walk it all!) there was no time to stop and take it all in. The exception to this was when we were in the area of the building which was attacked by the terrorists on 9-11, where there was also a memorial area set up. Obviously due to security reasons there were no photos during the tour, but I did manage to get a couple in the visitor area whilst we were waiting.
Mr B revelling in his ‘West Wing’ serious pose.
It was Halloween – so obviously Captain Hook was on show!
Next we headed into town and grabbed some lunch before our tour of the Capitol,and a very quick wander through the Botanic gardens (again free).
The Capitol was a really fascinating building and there was lots to learn about the architecture and history of the political sphere.
As work was being done on the outside of the dome, it was a shame not to be able to see the whole of the ceiling, but we were well protected by the dome net of any falling debris at least!
After our tours we then headed north west out of the mall area and went to Georgetown. It was a very cute neighbourhood and if we ever lived in the US, I think this would be one of the places we’d consider! There was also an incredible bakery called Baked and Wired which was where I had my birthday cake (it was my 30th on that day!)
For dinner we went to a place on the waterfront called Farmers Fishers Bakers which is a restaurant holding very strongly to local, sustainable produce. The menu was varied, with a lot of choice for vegetarians and vegans.
Come back tomorrow for our final post about the trip – taking a wander down the National Mall!