Destination: Washington DC

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I was looking for a quick trip to get me out-of-town for the night and headed up to Washington DC. This was a last-minute trip but I decided that I wanted to make this a trip of unusual things to see in Washington DC.

First, I hopped on Kayak and found a great deal on a Kimpton hotel right in downtown Washington DC. What drew me to this chain was their pet friendly vibes and it being on Dupont Circle. I wanted to be within walking distance to stuff.  I admit that I am a pretty loyal to Hilton because of being a Gold member but this place was too good to pass up.

Basically I had 24 hours in the city and I made the most of it. The whole purpose of this trip was to cross off items I had said I wanted to do never did.

International Spy Museum

Talking about a FUN museum. I could have spent 5 hours in this museum. The coolies thing was they had en entire floor dedicated to James Bond. I grew up on watching James Bond movies with my dad and personally think that Roger Moore was the best Bond with Daniel Craig being a close second. The museum was celebrating the 50 years of villains. This was the highlight of the trip!

Shopping in Georgetown

I admit I have done this before but could not pass up a quick stop at Tory Burch (window     shopping only) or a stop at Georgetown Cupcakes. The walk back from M Street to the hotel also let me pass one of the coolest art pieces at the Embasy of Qatar.

Biking Embassy Row

Another perk of staying at the Kimpton was free bikes. I had planned to rent a bike from the Capital City Bike Share bit free works so much better. Normally I would be skittish of biking in such a big city but the dedicated bike lanes made it safe and fun.

Visit the National Cathedral

At the request of my friend I stopped in the cathedral for service on Sunday and to find the gargoyles. I spent a good portion of the service staring at the beautiful stain glass windows and pondering all the famous people who have sat in these pews. After the service I did spend time wandering the grounds and circling the building to find the gargoyles. After not being able to find them I went and did the self guided tour of the cathedral. I read the story behind each of the xx stain glass windows and literally got lost exploring all the mini chapels

Paddle Boat at Tidal Basin

Thank you Naila Abbasova and her WowAir snapchat story for inspiring this must do! She had so much fun she did it twice. I took full advantage of the hour-long batter powered (yes I opted not to paddle) to cruise the basin and check out the Washington and Jefferson. From the boat you can also see the Japanese Pagoda,  FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, and planes flying very low into Reagan National. I brought along my lunch and a book to pass some of my time. I bet doing this when the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom or at sunset would be a fun experience.

Walk Old Town Alexandria

I love all the eclectic shops on King Street. I am in search of a new light fixture over the dining room table but struck out.

It was a fun trip and just the short getaway I needed. I was glad that I didn’t bring the pup because I wouldn’t have been able to do as much on Sunday. It is best to leave a few things for the next trip up!

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