It was an early start on Friday, November 6th. I met Alex and Alex (confusing, I know right!?) in the lobby of our building at 4.40am and we made our way to the Megabus bus stop to D.C. One thing I love about the U.S. is that you can travel around by bus to so many different cities for extremely low prices.
5 and a half hours later I woke up in D.C. We checked into our hotel, freshened up in our room and took a walk to The White House, which was pretty impressive. My first impression was that it was quite small. I imagined it to be absolutely huge, maybe because I was used to the New York skyscrapers, but then once I put my mind to it, I realised how big it actually is – it’s crazy to think that there are 132 rooms in there!
Before going to D.C., I really only thought about The White House. I didn’t know that there were so many different monuments and memorials dedicated to the different presidents. We spent the rest of the day visiting all of them and googling the history of them (thanks to AH for being our wonderful tour guide!). After walking 11 miles of walking in 27 degrees heat, we were all worn out and asleep by 9.30pm (what a wild Friday night!).
|Korean War Memorial|
|Martin Luther King Memorial|
We woke up refreshed and ready for day 2! The day started with a walk around Georgetown. We were feeling hungry and stumbled upon Le Pain Quotidien. I loved it from the moment I stepped inside. There’s a bakery just inside with a variety of breads and pastries. Beyond the bakery is the seating area, consisting of a long table in the centre and multiple tables around it. I love the idea of the long table in the middle as it adds to the friendly atmosphere of the place. I opted for the Brioche French Toast and I’m so glad I did – it was delicious (sad to say that this isn’t on the menu in NYC :-() I would recommend this place for breakfast, lunch, or even just to study and have a hot chocolate.
We continued exploring Georgetown and the next place we came across was Georgetown Cupcake. If you know me, you know I love bakeries and all things sweet so I couldn’t pass this by! The place was packed with people. I chose to get a chocolate cupcake with a chocolate ganache frosting. I’m getting hungry thinking about it!
We crossed the river to Virginia and ate at Ray’s Hell Burger for dinner, which Zagat rated as one of the best burger joints in the U.S. and Obama even ate there multiple times!
After dinner, we went back to see The White House and hoped to go to a museum but unfortunately they were all closed. You don’t realise how late everything stays open in NYC until you travel to other cities, and we definitely learnt that lesson when we went to D.C. It was a struggle to find a coffee shop open after 6pm! And yet, when we arrived back in NYC at 2am, the city was buzzing with people and traffic. Ahh, it’s good to be back 🙂