|Subject: Washington DC|
Hi, Just returned from four days at Washington DC, this is such a well-known
destination that I am going to limit myself to a few points,
1) Hotel, stayed at Wyndham Washington DC mainly because we could not resist the low rates offered in expedia. com. We assumed a $25 fee for canceling an earlier reservation at travelweb.com , reserved again in expedia and saved $80 .. It was a slow week end and rates kept on falling in expedia.( we paid $218 for three nights including taxes) Although the Wyndham is a big hotel ,service is good, room was nice with a bow window facing huge atrium. From our room we could also see the street through the hotel huge glass front.
2) Air ticket:we paid $160 with taxes through aa.com. Flying direct Miami to National. This was so good, because the Airport- Hotel metro was $1.20 p/p.
3) Getting Around. We took several taxis at the set fee of $6.50 for two. A few subways and walked around. We always took taxis late at night. Also had a taxi coming back at 9 PM for a Night Tour, we had pre-arranged for $25 ( gave him $30), one hour night tour which was very good and comprehensive. For a Day Tour took the Old Trolley, went early in the morning to Union Station, a very interesting building, had a hearty breakfast in there and took the first tour out at 9AM. Got off for 30' at Washington National Cathedral, then for two hours at Georgetown, where we had lunch at Clyde's. a classic animated tavern. We enjoyed been seated in airy and well decorated atrium .Good service and good food. Then rejoined the Old Trolley and got off at Lincoln Memorial . Walked under the trees and by the pond to the Korea, FDR, and Jefferson Memorials.at this point left tour for good, taking instead a taxi home . It worked very well.
3) We had dinner in two good places, the one we liked best was close to the hotel so we walked both ways. Name is DC coast Restaurant. Housed in the street-level space of the Landmark Tower Building. Ceiling is over 30 feet tall. Fish was excellent, also desserts and martinis.
Also had dinner at well-known Old Ebbitt Grill ,two blocks from the White House, and near to our hotel, casual elegant old place. Food was ok, ambiance was much better. On the whole very nice. For lunch at the Mall while visiting museums we loved the Cascade Cafe between the E and W buildings of the National Gallery of Art.. It has several food islands. We tried and liked the sushi and the gelato capuccino What makes it a winner is the cascade and the whole set up of the place, quality of furniture, and small details like having a nice wine cup when buying a little bottle of wine. . For Chinese food we took a taxi to the highly recommended Full Kee Rest., only to find out it was closed for repairs. The taxi took pity on us it was very hot and humid and drove us one more block down H street, where by chance we had a very nice dim sum lunch at Lu Garden. (629 H street)
4)I do not have to tell you about the many DC Attractions, it was delightful to be back at the National Gallery of Art , both wings and the Sculpture Garden a superb museum. For a bird's eye view of DC took elevator at Old Post Office, no lines or waiting to go up. Because the hotel was near the White House we walked by more than once, we were amazed to see how close we were allowed to do it. On the other hand we were a little disappointed with the Dupont Circle area.
We found the people in Washington very polite and kind, had a great time, and hope to meet Anne next time and other Ziners in a GTG.
Graziella Miami Beach.