Subject: Re: Request for input on Washington DC trip
Hi Walton,

I have to concur with Diana on her suggestions for museums and memorials. I was entranced by the International Spy Museum spending more than three hours exploring the exhibit on a snowy day.

Don't forget the Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art. It has a wonderful collection of impressionist works. Unfortunately, fifty of its pieces are on tour until January of 2005 (including Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party). Even so, I still recommend a visit. Plus afterwards you can go around the corner onto Connecticut Avenue and stop in at Bistro du Coin to continue the French theme begun by viewing the impressionist paintings.

The National Zoo (part of the Smithsonian) is often overlooked by visitors to Washington D.C. Here in San Diego we have an outstanding zoo but I still love to stop in at the D.C. zoo just to walk through the Amazonia exhibit.

Have a good time, John in San Diego