Day 2 in DC and we still had a lot of ground to cover…We had Odellia with Take-Off Concierge arrange for another line stander to get us tickets for the Washington Monument. 🗼 We got there a half hour early and took the opportunity to take some monument and cherry blossom pics🌸🌸.
We had a few minutes left to spare so we made some funny videos with the monument as our backdrop.
Then we headed over to the security line. They informed us that no strollers were allowed. ❌ Oh God now what! Our stroller was packed to the brim with crap, and scooters and bags. 👜💼 So we took our chances and left it outside. We went through the metal detectors and ascended the 70 second elevator to the top. ⬆️
Once at the top you will find 2 little windows in each direction. 🖼🖼 Everyone jockeys to get the window to themselves, heads are craning over each other, and long arms are thrust forward with their phones and cameras trying to score great pics. 🔭📷Above the windows they give you a labelled photograph so you know what you are looking at. 🗺🗺
I gotta tell you. The views were ridiculously amazing. Like breathtaking. 🙌🏽This is the kind of situation where you are better well served with a real camera with a good zoom. 📸📹 If you can do this on your first day of your trip it will get you really acquainted with your surroundings. It was a good opportunity for me to review with the kids what we have done so far and what we were going to being doing today and also ask for suggestions and input for the rest of our trip. Once we took our 134th picture we made our descent down the elevator. ⬇️
This time making brief stops when they elevator windows went clear so you could see the inside of the monument. Cool! 🔎
When we left the monument and claimed our stroller half of us walked and me and Dylan scootered to our next destination, another Smithsonian, the Museum of American History. 🇺🇸The line was out the door and down the block. The security guard kept shouting NO BAGS! What the heck kind of rule is this? This is a major tourist spot and do they really think no one will carry a bag? 💼👜Even if your not a tourist, women and families have at least one bag. Turns out you could have a bag but you have to wait in this ridiculously long line. 🚶🏻🚶🏻🚶🏻🚶🏻🚶🏻If you have no bags you can walk right in. All we wanted to do was see friggen Lincoln’s hat! So we decided to separate. I took the girls and Craig and our nanny took the boys to the Air and Space Museum to find out the situation there.
The Shap girls ran right in…the first thing we were greeted with was a huuuuge sculpture that said The Star Spangled Banner. I was confused. I said to the girls “Wooooow this is really interesting I never knew that the original flag was hard and made out of what looks like plastic or glass!!?” 🇺🇸Oh well…so we oohed and aahed and took our pics and kept moving.
All of a sudden I hear my name and I whip around and I see our friends. I shall call them “Mom of 3 Boys” and “huge fan” and after talking they inform us that the star-Spangled Banner was actually in a room behiiiiiiind that sculpture! Duhhhhh! Now that made more sense! We entered the first room and we saw Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from the original movie the Wizard of Oz and couple of other cool artifacts. We saw one of the first Apple computers 🖥 and also an original Elmo. 👹
Then we went upstairs to the USA Presidents room. We ran straight for Abraham Lincoln’s top hat🎩 and when we finally found it we were surprised to see that it was very hard looking and not very black, mostly faded! We spent an hour in the museum running in and out of rooms trying to find things that the kids could recognize or were familiar with. We really enjoyed the section with all the old cars, trains and other forms of transportation, even though it was mostly filled with complaints of being starving.
I took that as our cue to leave. But first… a very important glimpse at Old Glory! The original star spangled banner all tattered and torn but so beautiful…no pics allowed again. The memory shall live in our heads…💁🏽👧🏻👧🏻🇺🇸📷❌
We cabbed over to the National Air and Space museum because I was too tired to walk and needed a 10 minute break to sit, it was close by but traffic gave us the extra minutes to relax. We made a pit stop at the McDonalds attached to the museum. Something that I found difficult was that I pictured food and restaurants all over the place like Manhattan except there weren’t really any at all. A few food trucks or hotdog vendors scattered the National Mall, but if you wanted a real meal you need to leave the immediate area and walk several blocks in. This is a very annoying glitch with hungry kids. Anyway, I digress…
Craig and Shane met us and we dined over French fries and burgers 🍔🍟…then we headed to the entrance, once again NO BAGS!!!! 👜💼❌C’Mooooooon! A huge long line down the block again! So annoying. Thankfully, we had our nanny with us so we loaded up the stroller with all outr bags and she took the baby to nap. We ran right in.
This museum was C-R-O-W-D-E-D! To be honest it was just ok. We spent about an hour just zooming around and looking but not really stopping to read anything. We took a few obligatory pics and and acknowledged that their attention spans had run out.
Admitting defeat and exhaustion I recommended going back to the hotel for a swim. By swim I meant Craig taking the kids for a swim 🏊🏽and me face planting into the bed, pillow less, with my phone in my hand- passed out. The kind of sleep where you know your drooling, your cheek is soaking wet but your too paralyzed with exhaustion to care. This kind of nap happens maybe 2x a year for me and it was damn good, pool of saliva and all! 💤💤😴💦💦💦
I lived in DC for a semester, my junior year at Cornell in 2000. I remembered going to a cool Moroccan restaurant called Marrakesh, and I was dying to find it again. Well I did and I decided it was time for the kids to experience some culture other than pasta and chicken fingers. By experiencing some culture that means stopping at Subway first to get them some turkey sandwiches 🌯 so they would have a real dinner since I knew they wouldn’t touch a thing. By experiencing some culture that also meant Craig and I could experience some peace and quiet since the kids would be full and they could play with their iPads 📱and try a few forced bites here and there. Off we went! 🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦
Thankfully it was a price fixed meal because I didn’t even know what I was looking at when reading the menu.
We sampled different dishes and tried new things that we typically would not have ordered.
As you can see the kids had a blast lol
We tried some new things and enjoyed the views. Eventually, the belly dancing show began, 💃🏽💃🏽and Dylan was invited up to dance with the belly dancer. It was very cute. We paid our check and thanked the very nice staff and headed home for the night.
💵Washington, DC DAY 2 ✔️✔️. You can read about Our DC Day 1 itinerary from yesterday…