Cherry Blossoms and New Experiences – DC Destination #2!

While I was still in Washington DC, my friend Nina picked me up at a nearby local coffee shop. We made our way to a hidden parking lot to see some of the cherry blossoms around the Jefferson Memorial.

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Nina was one of the first friends I made when I moved to State College and it was so good to spend time with her and her husband Abram during my short visit with them. Years ago, when I found out that Nina was moving to DC I talked a lot about coming to visit during the Cherry Blossom Festival…and here we are about 4 years later!

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Even though the cherry blossoms weren’t quite in bloom yet it was a lot of fun to be by the Canal Basin and see all of the beauty that was about to unfold.

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We stopped at a few of the memorials along the way…

Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial (he's missing the little dog that's right next to him in this pic)
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial (he’s missing the little dog that’s right next to him in this pic)
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial surrounded by cherry blossoms
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Part of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

After seeing the cherry blossoms we made our way to Georgetown for a bit of window-shopping and dinner…

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In Georgetown at sunset
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At Italian restaurant with wood fired pizza

The next day we made our way to Old Town Alexandria where we had a large breakfast at a French Cafe – Nina showed me around the area before we all made our way to check out the National Cathedral…

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The National Cathedral
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Stained glass window lights

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…then to our next stop… The zoo!  We got to see a couple of big and small animals…

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Baby elephant getting a drink of water
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Big panda eating some bamboo
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A little meerkat watching everyone pass by

…we got tired pretty quickly and went back to Nina and Abram’s place for some rest and maybe a nap or two. And also to hang out with this sweet dog, Twiggy!

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Twiggy

For dinner, we made a late night stop to Oegadgib, where I got to experience my first Korean BBQ!

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First Korean BBQ experience
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Nina cooking up all the meat

It was great, I really enjoyed this new experience!

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Trying the sweet rice drink at the end of the meal (pretty good!)

It was great to catch up with Nina and Abram and to hear how they’re doing and what they have been up to lately. Such a great time with them and their sweet dog, Twiggy. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have been able to spend time with them.

Nina and Abram!
Nina and Abram!
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