Archive for June, 2013
Adam and Deirdre’s wedding!
My second day in DC was equally action-packed. In the morning, I headed over to the National Gallery, which is comprised of two enormous buildings. The first is mostly European and American art from the 1300s to the 1800s.
There was plenty of cool Flemish portraiture:
And even this famous ballerina sculpture by Dumas:
Lee and I had lunch at an excellent sandwich shop, and then it was back to the city center for the Native American History Museum. The building was constructed with an adobe-inspired design, and features many exhibits designed by members of different Native American tribes describing the diverse history, culture, art, and modern culture.
In the evening, it was back to Bethesda, MD for an evening of Dickinson reminiscing and pool-noodle duels.
Thanks to jetlag, my first full day in DC I was up super early to roam the city while my friends had to work. First stop was the National Zoo! I had the chance to speed-walk through the grounds before most of the school groups showed up. The museum buildings have some great exhibits (the reptile and small mammals houses!), and I was impressed with the animal enclosures as well.
Animals spotted : zebras, gorillas, an orangutan hiding in a sheet, pandas!, komodo dragons, and gharials!
Animals missed : cool birds, lions, tigers, and cheetas
After the zoo, I cruised through the city and zipped over to Meridian Park, which features a really cool fountain.
I met up with Megan for a delicious Panera lunch (why don’t they exist in France??), and went to check out the National Botanic Garden. The entire museum is a greenhouse filled with interesting plant exhibits. They had a “rain forest” room, a hall filled entirely with desert plants, and an orchid room. A temporary exhibit featured medicinal plants from around the world, which was really interesting.
Somehow Max has discovered that the way to a Vaccaro’s heart is through their stomach.
FINALLY some summer weather had arrived in Pays de la Loire! We’re celebrating with new bikes!