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I and my beloved hubby took a trip to our nation’s Capitol to be near the inauguration of Barak Obama, to visit with family and friends, and to enjoy the delights of the city.
We spent our first morning in Georgetown,
the charming historic district
at the north end of Washington
where stately townhouses grace the streets
and line the towpath of the canal that runs through it.
In the summer, a mule will pull this barge up the canal
and through the antique locks.
We took a leisurely stroll under the trees and over the bridges.
Ultimately, we met some dear friends for brunch at my favorite French café, Café La Ruche.
I’m afraid I scarfed down their delicious quiche too quickly to take a picture, but if you are ever in DC, you should stop here for brunch or in the summer for lunch in their alley garden when the fountain tinkles amid potted blooms.
After brunch, we headed over to Washington Harbor to watch the ice skaters and to look out over the Potomac River from the Key Bridge
to the Watergate hotel.
A Coast Guard boat pulled away from the landing
as we stood and watched it sail away.
Meanwhile, children learned to skate
with the help of friendly penguins.
We drove downtown to the elegantly renovated Jefferson Hotel
where we headed to the bar to toast our President with a glass of champagne
while we awaited our reservation for High Tea.
Our gracious hostess escorted us through this lovely courtyard,
past this gorgeous centerpiece,
to a secluded alcove
with a fountain which she thought might be more romantic for beloved hubby and I.
Silver, glass, and mirrors glamorously glistened on the table.
We started with these beautiful sandwiches, arranged so artfully on a tray.
Cucumber with salmon roe.
Smoked salmon with fried capers.
Warm scones came next,
which I slathered first with cherrry jam,
then with Devonshire cream.
Then a tiered silver tray of sweeties arrived, too many to eat in one sitting!
and flags waved
awaiting the Presidential Parade the following day.
We spent our afternoon inside the National Gallery of Art enjoying Impressionist paintings
The indoor gardens
provided a welcome break
As we walked back to the Metro,
we discovered this pastry shop, Paul,
where we treated ourselves to a hot café au lait and a small pastry.
We ended our day at Chef Jose Andres’ restaurant, Zaytinia, where we feasted on Mediterranean cuisine.
We started by dipping freshly baked pita bread into baba ghannouge and hommus.
A crisp, refreshing fettoush salad rounded out the appetizers.
Then we dug into an astounding variety of mezze plates to share, too many to get pictures of all of them. However, I did manage to capture these savory carrot, apricot, and pine nut fritters (intriguingly, richly spiced) and the roasted cauliflower in fresh dill with sultans, caper berries, and pine nuts.
Trust me, you do not want to leave DC without eating here!
Each dish was more delicious than the next.
We ended our trip the next day at a viewing party of the Inauguration and the Inaugural Parade at the office of a law firm overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue. Unfortunately, my camera malfunctioned, so I lost the pictures I took to share of the red, white and blue floral arrangements and décor. They even served a red, white, and blue martini the bartender invented for the occasion! We enjoyed all of our trip, whether it all made it onto film or not. I hope this post may give you a glimpse of the excitement and festive atmosphere in our Capitol City during Inauguration, which stirs up patriotic fervor every 4 years no matter for whom you have voted. God Bless America and our democracy.
Wishing You Every Blessing,