A Spiced Ending

Trip Start Dec 26, 2011
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Trip End Dec 29, 2011


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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

At 6:30 we walked over to Union Station.  It's one of the big train stations in DC, and has shops and restaurants.  It's an impressive building with lovely architectural details, but the net hung overhead sort of ruined the look.  The cafe in the center was very cool, a two-leveled, open arrangement in the center of the station, and the place we meant to eat in looked very black-tie, so we ate at Thunder Grill.  It's a Mexican restaurant with a very cool atmosphere - giant paper-lantern chilis hanging down from the upper floor, chili-shaped Christmas lights, lots of little curves and hidden corners, Christmas trees. Unfortunately, we did not sit in the upper level as I'd wanted; instead we were placed awkwardly in the part of the station full of jewlery stalls.  Still, the food was good - I got a seafood pasta that eventually became too spicy for me, with a pecan-whiskey-chocolate pie and key lime pie for desserts.
 


Over dinner we discussed and re-discussed plans for tomorrow.  (We're trying to avoid taking out the car, because our hotel charges $45 to hold it each night plus an additional $24 whenever you want to take it out.)  The plan (right now) is: take the Metro to the Pentagon, then to Arlington National Cemetary,then work our way back through the memorials and maybe a few museums.

The weather for tomorrow: mid-40s, mostly cloudy, but no rain.

I like planning, to make sure you see what you want to, but I miss the sponaneity I experienced in Europe this summer, walking around cities where I don't even speak the language.

I have to say, all of the museums we visited today brought back my wish to be a curator.  I hope at some point in my life I can work for a museum, but preferably a smaller one than a Smithsonian!


  

 


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