Thursday, May 31, 2007

Some Sight-Seeing

Over Memorial Day Weekend, TonyP and I spent a few days in Washington, D.C. - which just so happens to be one of our favorite destinations.

We decided to stay Downtown and do a little sight-seeing so I finally had a chance to show TonyP the National Cathedral. We also lobby-surfed the Willard, promenaded Pennsylvania Avenue and dined at the Occidental Grill.

Not to worry - we managed to work in a few museums!

There's a fascinating show at the Corcoran called "Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939". (The ticket is a bit pricey but students get in for $10, so bring your student ID!) It's a very interesting and thought-provoking exhibit. "Modernism" runs through July 29, 2007.

We also stopped in at the Renwick Gallery where the entire ground floor is featuring "From the Ground Up: Renwick Craft Invitational 2007" which showcases the work of Beth Cavener Stichter, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Paula Bartron and Beth Lipman. The work is stunning. "From the Ground Up" runs through July 22, 2007.

Not surprisingly, I spent entirely too much time in the book/souvenir shops and I came home with three more things to add to my Summer reading: American Gothic by Thomas Hoving, a Taschen book on Mondrian and a somewhat denser read by Charles Freeman, The Closing of the Western Mind.

It was a very Washingtonian weekend and I promise to post pics as soon as possible!


knittin gin said...

Sounds like you guys had a great time. I've just been checking out some of your links.

JennySlash said...

We're quite good at maximizing a three-day weekend!

Actually, it helped to stay Downtown for a change. We stayed at the Hotel Washington, which is in the same block as the Willard. The Hotel Washington has a roof garden/restaurant with breathtaking views, by the way!

On Saturday, we took the Olde Towne Trolley tour around town and up to the Cathedral so we got a much better view of things than we usually get in the car. Plus, it felt much more relaxed and vacation-y.

I hope that TonyP will post some of his pics on halflifeandtimes.

JennySlash said...

It looks like TonyP already has some of his pics up!