Trip to Washington, DC?

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Favorite room in my house.  What’s not to like?

How does a mini-trip (4-5 nights) to Washington, DC sound?  I would love to see my youngest sister Lucille’s townhouse in Virginia.  Pat told me it is really beautiful.

If we do go, I plan to host a luncheon or dinner for seven people (bloggers Dianne and David, Denise and Gregg, Lucille, and hubby and me).  I’ll have Lucille recommend an elegant restaurant.  She should know of one, since she is in the catering business.

The last time we were in Washington, DC (1987), we got to see only the basement of the White House.  I recall an exhibit of gowns worn by former First Ladies Jackie Kennedy, Patricia Nixon, Martha Washington, etc.  I understand that it is now possible to see the upper floor (the East Room, the State Room, etc.).  Mage discussed it in her blog.  A tour of the White House would be fun!

In 1987, we were treated to lunch in the senators dining room by Hawaii Senator Spark Matsunaga.  That was so nice of him.  Don’t know if we will contact new Senator Mazie Hirono, though we did vote for her this year.

We might browse at the Smithsonian again, depending on our stamina for walking.

I would like to see the Kennedy grave site at Arlington Cemetery, too.

When would be a good time to travel to Washington, DC?

16 Responses to “Trip to Washington, DC?”

  1. Christine Says:

    Sounds wonderful Gigi, I expect anytime April to September.

  2. kavitasaharia Says:

    Wow. another trip! Sounds great! Your room looks very bright and beautiful.

  3. R.Ramakrishnan Says:

    Have a great trip Gigi. BTW is that exquisite red carpet the one you picked up in Jaipur ? Looks beautiful !

  4. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    No excuses for not seeing me. We live 10 minutes by car from downtown (WH etc.) and you can get to the Kennedy grave in 5 minutes. Our neighborhood backs onto the cemetery.

    On a visit when they lived in Spain, my son and his wife (he looks Spanish and her grandparents were from Spain) were standing in line (with tickets to see the WH) when the KIng of Spain visited Washington. Secret Service agents approached them, and brought the whole family into the Rose Garden to hear President Bush and the King speak. Nice visit for them and quite memorable.


    • gigihawaii Says:

      Wow, I’d say that was a memorable trip for your son and his wife! Don’t think that will ever happen to me, though! Lol. Yes, you and I will definitely meet. Looking forward to breaking bread with you, Dianne!

  5. Suzanne Says:

    In April you can see the Cherry Blossoms in bloom, but if you have allergies to flowers it might not be the best time. I also love the fall on the east coast when the leaves change around October.

  6. Henry Hank Chapin Says:

    This won’t help you, but our family has an interesting answer. Our mother’s brother, Uncle Ellis Butler, just died at the age of 97. He was in the Battle of the Bulge, got two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. On top of being the family hero, he was always really nice to us kids. Anyway–his own children (our cousins) have started proceedings to have him buried at Arlington Cemetery. It turns out that it is definitely possible and he is eligible, but they are quite backed up at Arlington and will soon give the family a definite time. Probably it will be in the Spring. That will be about eight months after he passed away. It will also be the time for some of us to visit Washington.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      Pat’s mother died earlier this year and her body was cremated, because it would have cost $50 per day to keep her corpse at the morgue. They opted for a grave side ceremony rather than a funeral procession at Arlington, where her urn was placed on top of her husband’s casket. If they had opted for a funeral procession, her burial would have been delayed until next year. She was buried in September of this year.

  7. Denise Says:

    We would love to see you and David when you visit DC Gigi. My favorite times are always Spring and Fall but only because I can’t take the humidity in the height of summer. If you don’t mind that then any time of the year would be okay for you. This will be something to look forward to indeed.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      Hi Denise! We are thinking of going there in early August. It depends on Lucille and her availability. Anyway, it will be nice to see you and Gregg for the first time.

  8. DrumMajor Says:

    Ooooh, Gigi — We three went to DC summer 2011 for my niece’s wedding hoopla. We walked 4 of the Smithsonian’s, saw the rehearsal for the July 4th concert, and took a wonderful evening/night trolley ride tour of all the major sites. It was great, because it wasn’t as crowded or as hot as the day tours. The trolley parks very close to each spot, while we hopped off and on. The history spouted from the driver’s brain was amazing. Cousins took one of the “duck” vehicles on the river, and went to the National Archives. Taxis are worth it; you can have the subway system.

  9. Linda Reeder Says:

    I recommend early summer or early fall, since you don’t like cold weather.

  10. Kay's Musings Says:

    Wouldn’t seeing the cherry blossoms be fabulous? We’ll be going that way perhaps next year or the year after when Jon graduates. It’ll be fun to bring mom to see her grandson graduate.

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