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    Do Over

    March 13, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Thanks to COVID-19, we get to have a vacation do over. Seems as of tomorrow, Washington D.C. is shutting down most everything. Our Air B&B owners are going to let us take our unused days and move them to later this year when all of this will be but a distant memory.

    Southwest Airlines, who touts that they NEVER have a change fee neglect to point out that you still have to pay the difference between the flight you purchased months ago, and a flight you’re wanting to take tomorrow. BIG difference. Ka-CHING!

    At least we’re healthy and will be home to the cats sooner than they expected. Plus, in Nicoll fashion, we saved PLENTY to do upon our return.

    To be continued ......
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    Magnolia on King

    March 13, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After happy hour on our rooftop deck, time for dinner.

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    National Gallery of Art

    March 13, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Last time I was here was right after my college art history class. Just as exciting to see so many masters first hand including the only DaVinci currently in America. Also,a current exhibit was Degas at the Opera.

    Channeling mom today.
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    Jackson 20

    March 13, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Breakfast before heading to the Smithsonian. We were hungry so forgot to take photos. :-(

    Creative Take on Comforting Southern Dishes with Locally Sourced Ingredients in Alexandria. Sophisticated Flavors Inspired by Chef McCall's Focus on Locally Sourced Ingredients.Read more

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    Landini Brothers

    March 12, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    After a quick happy hour at Virtue Grain and Feed, we headed to an Italian restaurant recommended by our Air B&B, the Landini Brothers. Delicious food. Grilled romaine salads to start. Brian had a fresh caught local rock fish with fingerling potatoes and broccolini. I had braised short rid on a vegetable risotto with broccolini. Yum. Brian was so hungry he neglected to get a photo of my short rib. Trust me, it was delicious.

    Franco and Noe Landini are the proud hosts of Landini Brothers restaurant. Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, and close to the Potomac River, Landini Brothers is a well-established landmark in Northern Virginia. It has been serving northern Italian food in the traditional Tuscan style since it opened in 1976. Franco's annual visits to his family and friends in Tuscany provide him with ample opportunity to learn about the latest advances in Tuscan cuisine—knowledge he brings home for the dining pleasure of restaurant guests. Come join us for brunch! Sunday at 11:30am to 3:00pm.
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    The Supreme Court

    March 12, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Last time I was visiting Heather and came here, the Supreme Court was getting ready to listen to a case about VCR tapes. Actors had their knickers in a twist about not being properly compensated. We just missed the last tour before the shutdown.Read more

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    Library of Congress

    March 12, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We were able to avoid another security check by taking the tunnel underground from the Capitol to the Library of Congress. We got to see the books that Jefferson sold to them for $24,000. There were exhibits on suffragettes and Rosa Parks. We got to see one of the original Gutenberg bibles. Our last stop was a behind glass, balcony view of the libraries reading room. I understand you can apply for and get a library card which allows admittance. Perhaps next times.Read more

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    U.S. Capitol

    March 12, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We were able to get into the last tour before everything shut down due to the Corona Virus. Great, free tour.

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    U.S. Capitol Cafe

    March 12, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After a long walk, time for lunch. Surprisingly delicious food in the cafe located on the bottom floor of the Capitol. Like a food court, with fresh delicious food. We shared a roast turkey sandwich in cranberry walnut bread and senate bean soup. Yummy.Read more

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    Washington Monument

    March 12, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Impressive as always.....

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