First six months in DC

After arriving in Washington in late January, and just in time to enjoy the record snows of 50+ inches, only six months later we are experiencing temperatures around the 100 degree mark.  Fortunately, our summers in St. Louis and Charleston conditioned us for hot and humid weather.

Extreme weather aside, we have managed to see a lot during a relatively short amount of time.  Our list of museums and historic sites (many of which have been visited more than once) includes the Freer Art Gallery and Sackler Gallery, Hillwood Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Kreeger, National Building Museum, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of the American Indian, National Portrait Gallery, National Zoological Park, Newseum, the Phillips, the Corcoran, the Renwick, Mount Vernon, and the National Geographic Museum.  Some of the more obvious museums, especially within the Smithsonian “family” we will visit once school is in session, and the crowds begin to abate.

And then there are the restaurants …  For people who enjoy food as much as we do, the restaurant scene is a constant source of entertainment.  At the moment, we are working our way through the Cleveland Park area which is a short walk, or quick Metro trip from our building.  We recently talked about a meal we enjoyed at Dino’s, and since then we have visited two more restaurants in the neighborhood, Lavandou and Ardeo.  Both places were excellent, and we will be talking more about them in future posts.

Meanwhile, we continue to enjoy living in a place where public transportation rules.  We use the Metro daily, and recently became members of Zipcar for those times when errands require a car; a major change from living on a hilltop in western NC.

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