It seems appropriate that my latest trip was to our nation's capital where there are many, many memorials and reminders that freedom isn't free and we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have given their lives to give us our lives.
After that meetup, Little Helen came to get me and we went to the Italian Store, also in Arlington. She took me there the first time I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 2004 and it has become a must go to place for us. Not only is it chock full of Italian products but they have a sandwich counter that makes the meanest Italian sandwiches you could ever want. My mouth was literally watering at the thought of having one (hey - it's been four years)!
After we dropped the items we'd purchased, we headed out to walk off our sandwiches and do a bit of sightseeing. Lots of photos here and I think you can tell what most of these things are, so I won't go into detail but if you have questions, ask in the comments!
The Museum of American History is probably my most favorite, with the National Art Gallery running a close second.
The museum has a display of our First Ladies' clothing dating back very early. It was interesting to notice how tiny in stature the first First Ladies were. They were positively petite.
There was also a display about Thomas Jefferson and slavery. He really was against slavery but couldn't seem to figure out how to stop participating. The ancestors of that time, both his and the slaves, have kept this history alive and it was fascinating to see what happened to the slave families and where their descendants are today.
The wall behind the statue of Jefferson contains all the names of the slaves that he owned - over 600! What made this so interesting is that so many of the slaves only had 1 name.
After all that sightseeing we went back to Little Helen's apartment and got cleaned up then walked to dinner to an adorable restaurant right around the corner from her place.
Their specialty is small plates of food and flights of wine. The flights of wine consist of 3 glasses, which are really tastings that are probably the equivalent of one and half glasses of wine. We ordered several things and it was super fun to share and get lots of tastes!
After all that sightseeing and all that delicious food, I slept like a log. Can you believe that was only the first day?!
Happy Memorial Day!