Trek Women
May 12, 2008

No. 1 tourist day...

Lower_garden “If we were in Europe, we’d take of picture of that.” How many times have Wayne and I said that to each other when we’ve come across an interesting spot right in DC. This summer, we have pledged to spend one weekend-day a month sightseeing in our own hometown. Turns out, none of us have seen the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives or done the Mint’s money tour and the guys have never been up in the Washington Monument.

Late Saturday morning, as we were sitting around like lumps at Starbucks trying to figure out something fun to do, we realized it was a good day to play tourist. We scooted west towards Georgetown. (The story would be better if we had ridden our bikes, but we weren’t in the mood to gear up, so we rode our two-wheel motor scooters instead. Next time though…)

Dumbarton Oaks was our destination, a beautiful country house and garden purchased by Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss in 1920. Mildred and landscape architect, Beatrix Ferrand, spent almost 30 years planning every garden detail. It’s fabulous, especially the Orangerie, which is home to a fig tree planted before the Civil War.

We also walked by the Oak Hill Cemetery (not open on Saturdays), a 19th Century garden park cemetery with very ornate burials and monuments. After a coffee stop, we headed over to the Washington National Cathedral. We couldn’t go inside (closed – was feeling a little like Athens with everything closed on a Saturday no less!). But, the outside is gothic and swooping. It’s almost like being in a foreign city, with more bathrooms and real Diet Coke.

We ended our first tourist day at a local Irish pub on the Hill, the Dubliner, with a pint of Guinness. Outside the bar, there was a line-up of about 12, parked Harley Davidson motorcyles; so of course we had to park our tiny scooters next to them. Hahaha, the photo doesn’t do it justice. Enjoy!


I'd say the picture doesn't do it justice... it doesn't load :)

Posted by: Siouxgeonz | May 13, 2008 2:53:35 PM

Hmmm, that's weird it loads on mine. Sometimes it does take a few seconds to come up though. Anybody else having problems?? I can see if I can rig something up. Sorry about that!!! Hope you're doing well!


Posted by: Laura | May 14, 2008 8:21:51 AM

I LOVED the picture of the Harley's and scooters -- look like little baby Harleys with their daddies!

And, what a great idea. I live an easy ride from Princeton and I think I might have to go spend the day as a tourist there. I can probably even find online biking /walking self-guided tour information online. Thanks for the ideas!

Posted by: Ginger | May 14, 2008 9:30:22 AM

Hi Ginger,
We put on our tourist list places that we've always driven or biked past and thought, "someday we should really go in there." Make sure you end your day with a treat (cappucino... beer... glass of wine... slice of carrot cake...). That's the best part!!

Send me photos when you do it and I'll post!


Posted by: Laura | May 15, 2008 8:37:55 AM

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