Week in Washington, D.C.

Alexander Calder  - mobile installation, National Gallery of Art (East Building).

Alexander Calder - mobile installation, National Gallery of Art (East Building).

Week in Washington, D.C., how should I spend it?
A - Visit the White House
B - Meet with a client
C - Try a new restaurant
D - Check out a few museums
E - All of the above!

A - My visit to the White House fell a little shy of actually stepping foot inside of the White House. I experienced the security check points, obtained a visitor badge, got escorted into the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (the French Empire architecture is breathtaking!), toured the War Room and checked out some of the window treatments, which as you might imagine are very traditional in design :)

B - Client visit at The Homer Building was a real treat. The building's exterior and lobby offered such an exquisite display of Beaux-Arts architecture. One thing is for sure... D.C. is rich in history and beautiful architecture!

My unremarkable German dinner.

My unremarkable German dinner.

C - I found myself ordering the grilled Salmon topped with a Pinot Grigio garlic-butter sauce, broccolini, roasted tomatoes, shaved fennel and wild rice entrée from the hotel's restaurant with some frequency. Breakfasts and lunches from from Pret a Manger were quick, healthy and delicious - the oatmeal, salads and croissants were a regular hit. The new restaurant I tried, however, left much to be desired. Perhaps I should have researched German cuisine before heading there for dinner one night. Potato pancakes, a vegetable patty and a slice of bread dumpling served with a side of applesauce and sour cream... I'm still trying to understand how this assortment of bland foods that don't really complement each qualified as a dinner entrée. It was an unpalatable exercise in eating like a paysan.

D - I started my trip with visits to the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. The National Museum of African American History and Culture had a two month long waiting list, so I wasn't able to visit. Once I got those somber tours completed, I transitioned to something a bit more lighthearted - the National Geographic Museum - before moving on to the serious art. I needed two visits to the National Gallery of Art, which is essentially two different galleries, with the East and West buildings displaying contemporary and classical works separately. I finished with a visit to The Philips Collection; highlights included a close up of Jacob Lawrence's Toussaint L’Ouverture Series, quality time in their Rothko Meditation Room and ample face time with Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. A full and productive week indeed, replete with fine art, fun family time and (mostly) good food.

Gleeful me, surrounded by objets d'art.

Gleeful me, surrounded by objets d'art.

George Condo  - The Phillips Collection.

George Condo - The Phillips Collection.

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