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Sunday, June 15, 2008

What a Wonderful City...

~ Tomb of the Unknown~

...what a wonderful trip. This was my 15th visit to the DC area and yet there are always new and oh so wonderful things to see and do. This was Grace's first visit and she loved it all...okay. Maybe NOT all. The heat and humidity was just awful but, since there was nothing we could do about it, we just kept going. I could not help but think I was beginning to resemble the Wicked Witch of the West as I began to *melt*. Hmm...but I am decidedly NOT green skinned. Mine is more red and blotchy.
And I have yet to find the broom that would hold my ample tushie as I fly from here to there and back again. Still, I do think Brian Dennehy would have made a lovely Winkie Guard. But we are surely digressing here...
We spent a great deal of time in the charming old town of Alexandria, VA where our hotel was located. Beautiful old homes, historical buildings, delightful shops and fantastic restaurants. You can not beat such a delicious combination!
3 days were devoted to Washington itself and it is always a treat. What an honor it was to finally see the newest memorial: a beautiful and very moving tribute to those who fought in, and supported the home front during, World War II.
The highlight of Grace's trip was our tour of The White House. Of course, no cameras can be taken inside.
The list of other items not allowed included: diaper bags, purses, backpacks, pens, make up, water, fanny packs, food, lotions, if you have it, it ain't welcome, well, except for cell phones. You can not believe the folks with passes who were turned away because they thought they could break the rules! Those Secret Service men have little patience with such antics!
I was able to take a photo of Grace near the front portico with my phone and will try to get that posted soon.
I will be posting pictures in the next day or so AND announce my giveaway winner!
I thank you all for leaving comments on my last post! It was such fun to read them all upon our return late last night!
Today we celebrated not only Father's Day but also my Mother's 81st birthday and my brother's birthday. It was such a nice day with family...but now I have a mountain of clothes to wash and suitcases to unpack and groceries to buy and, well, let's just say I need to
get to work!
I hope you all had a sweet weekend...I have missed you all!
Love and Hugs,
Susie Q

18 comments:

Mary Isabella said...

Amazing pphotos. Your words and pictures were in such details I felt as though I was there....Mary

Rosemary said...

Welcome back Susie,
Glad you had a good trip. Love the photos!!
Happy Father's Day, to your husband, and Happy Birthday to your mom.
Talk soon,
Rosemary

wendster said...

Welcome home, Susie and family! Happy Father's day to your sweetie, and happy birthday to the fam!

Good luck getting caught up.

It takes a while, doesn't it?

Wendy

Cottage Contessa said...

It sounds like you had a great time away sweetie. Happy you are home safe & sound. Now back to the grind stone eh? Have a wonderful week Sue!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Terri said...

Welcome home!
Love,
Terri

Andi said...

Welcome home...you were missed by your blogger buddies. Your trip sounds delightful...one I have never made but certainly must plan on doing. Looking forward to reading more about it and seeing more pictures.

Kathleen Grace said...

Glad you're back, we missed you! DC is one of my favorite cities, sorry it was so hot, that always makes it less pleasant. I hope you'll be sharing more photos of your trip:>)

Terri and Bob said...

I love the tomb photo! Missed you!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip! I can't wait to hear more about it and see your pictures.

Happy Mothers Day to your Mom!
xo
Penny

Sheila said...

Happy birthday to your mom, and to your brother!
I'm so glad you had such a nice time; welcome home!
Now, get to work, young lady! (haha)

Janet said...

Sue,

I am so glad you are back; I have really missed you and your posts. I am glad you had such a nice time; I haven't been to DC in years and I love Old Town ( where I also haven't been for years).

Janet

smilnsigh said...

Ohhh... you could spend time in the old town of Alexandria, VA. And your hotel was even located there. Oh happy sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh...

Awaiting pictures...

Mari-Nanci
Smilnsigh blog

Melissa said...

So glad y'all made it back. I'd love to go to DC one day!

Valerie said...

so glad you're back safe and that it sounds like you had a wonderful time!

we went about 5 years ago, i really want to go back...this time without the whining traveling companions we had..and that doesn't mean Brendan!

Sandi McBride said...

How wonderful to see pictures of my former Home Town...lovely!
Sandi

FHL said...

Sue, I am quite confident that you could NEVER EVER resemble the wicked witch of the west....maybe the good witch Glinda (was that her name??) But never the west :o)

So glad Grace enjoyed her first trip to DC!

-Jennifer said...

no diaper bags? LOL, what if you gotta go

Firefly Nights said...

How smart you were to stay in old-towne Alexandria. It's one of the few redeeming factors of Northern Virginia. So quaint with such nice shops and architecture. I'm afriad that the tourists get to know Washington a lot better than some of the folks who live in or near the metro area. I was born there and live about 90 minutes away (that's if for some strange reason there's no traffic) but I'm sure I haven't set a tire, much less a foot, in the city since sometime in the mid-'90s, if not earlier. But, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. You posted some lovely photos.