Monday, March 14, 2011
March 3 was our last day of sight-seeing. What a day to remember. Karen and I get off at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop and start walking. The campus of George Washington University was friendly and we ate breakfast there. We walked by the Kennedy Center and walked to the back of the Lincoln Memorial to our first destination of the day, The Korean War Memorial is eerie and very moving. The platoon of caped men certainly has a ghost-like feel to it. The Martin Luther King Memorial is under construction and we decide to forgo the FDR and walking to the Jefferson. Many cherry blossoms are just budding. We walk by the Washington Monument again and find the Holocast Museum. We meet a vibrant survivor who tells her story so eloquently. We see many things; but truly this is a museum that would take much more than the few hours we had to devote to it. The shoes and pictures tell a tale no words could. We have a dinner meeting and decide to go rest a bit and get ready. We eat lunch at the Ledo's Pizza at our hotel. It was much more than pizza and I highly recommend it. We made our way to meet an online friend of mine. Luckily, I followed her directions well and she takes us to the DoubleTree of Crystal City via the tunnel system. She is elegantly dressed and just as cordial as she is online. Unfortunately, the bar is booked for a party; but the waitstaff lets us sit and admire the view of the Pentagon across the highway and beyond a wonderful view of D. C. for awhile. We drive downtown and eat dinner at McCormicks & Schmicks. What a wonderful restaurant and what a lovely shared meal. Thank you, Lois. She picks up some things at a posh shop and Karen and I think we will soon be on the Metro for the last time. She says she will be driving us to our hotel and she is talking about seeing the Pentagon/Pennsylvania Crash Memorial for 9/11 and just like that; we are in the parking lot and seeing it firsthand. There is a bench with an illuminated pool under it for every victim. They are arranged by birth years. Of course, we are reminded of the Murrah Bombing Memorial in Oklahoma City. To see the Pentagon Memorial at night was unbelievable. Lois took us "home" and came up for more visiting.
What a difference friends can make. Harriet, Karen, and Lois, I have had the time of my life.