Over the last few years in DC I’ve acquired quite an assortment of city knowledge – ranging from fun historical facts, to a deep understanding of classic DC fare and even how to avoid long lines at Trader Joe’s on a Sunday. This weekend these three skill sets were put to great use.
First, when I got to catch up with old friends, and visiting guests, Maura and Will!
It was so great to see the Maybury clan, and show them around to some of my favorite DC sights! They were also big fans of the Renwick Gallery and the never-fail DC institution, Old Ebbitt Grill. After the most delightful egg white omelet, we made our way to the Portrait Gallery and then along the Mall to see the Washington Monument up-close (above) and the WWII Memorial in all it’s glory (below):
We got our steps in to see Lincoln, and then documented our journey from afar:
Such a great day catching up with best friends in one of the best cities around. I also got to brush up on Mall fun-facts. There are so many! In addition to Googling historic intel along the way, here are a few fun-to-know DC tidbits I’ll add to my repertoire of knowledge:
- At 555-feet, the Washington Monument was the tallest, free-standing structure in the world until the completion of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was also the first monument built on the National Mall.
- About 40 percent of the Lincoln Memorial is underground; the monument’s foundation extends 66 ft. into the ground to support the weight of the marble structure.
- The distance between the U.S. Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial is two miles, but really 2.3 on Google Maps.
- There are 47 drinking founds on the National Mall.
In other life skills I’ve developed in the last few years: How to whip up homemade pizza utilizing the finest ingredients at Trader Joe’s. The grocery store may offer all the toppings, but since Kelsey, Lesley and I hand assembled the pies it definitely qualifies as home cooking. We topped the doughs with mozzarella, pepperoni and sausage (double meat!), red sauce, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and a dash of red pepper flakes.
Shown here with our fresh salad and red wine. Delicious. And the perfect way to bring on a new week!