The Kennedy Center

We had another tour set up by our Congressman while were in DC.  It was at the Kennedy Center and I really hadn’t thought much about what we would or wouldn’t see when we went.  As you enter you are greeted by a gallery of flags. 

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It was for me, just a regular tour as far as tours go.  We were able to see some interesting things and some behind the scenes things as well.  We were able to see one of the auditoriums but were unable to see the main one as they were preparing for some sort of performance. 

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Here’s a cool shot of the seats.  They were pretty comfy.

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What do you notice when you tour somewhere?  I tend to notice or take an interest in things other than what are pointed out for us.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the docents sharing with us the history and interesting anecdotes etc.  I just tend to see some other things that many folks miss. 

Like the lights.  I love chandeliers and unusual lighting. 

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We walked out onto a terrace where they often have parties.  It had a wonderful view.

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As you look to the right of the terrace you will notice some buildings.  One of them is the Watergate Hotel. 

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Part of the tour included the opportunity to see a performance.  I thought we would be seeing this in one of the auditoriums but it was actually held in an area off of the main foyer. 

Again, some cool chandeliers.

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Our tour ended and we hurried to get in line for the free performance.  We were told that it gets crowded and they were right. 

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As part of its effort to make the performing arts available to everyone, the Kennedy Center offers a free performance every day on the Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer.  These performances of music, theater, and dance feature emerging and established artists from the Washington area, across the nation, and around the world.  For more info you can go to Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Our performance featured Peter Horr, Violoncello and Henri Sigfridsson, Piano. 

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The gift shop is always one of my favorite places to visit. 

 

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They had these beautiful miniature dresses.  I so wanted to get these even though I have no practical use for them. 

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I’m not a trained ballet dancer but I totally wanted to buy these shoes and wear them.  They just look so awesome to me.

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They had a cool patch that I bought to add to my collection.  🙂 

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Another cool thing that I found was this awesome payphone!!  When was the last time you saw one of those?  It even had phonebooks!  I was doing a ::happy dance:: 

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Have you ever been to the Kennedy Center?

What cool things have you seen on your latest trip?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

 

 

 

The White House…and our non-tour of it…

Because of the sequestration we were not able to take a tour of the White House.  Now please don’t think this post is an open invitation for a debate on politics.  This post is merely a description of my very brief visit to the White House.  Here goes…

TA DAH!!!  We are on our tour of the front of the White House!  WoooHooo!!  This was as close as we could get and would have to do.  I was disappointed but hey…stuff happens.

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It’s really a very beautiful building. 

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I’m not sure what this was about…

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I don’t even remember if the scroll was written in English or not.  Just kind of interesting seeing this right on one of the streets. 

And I don’t know what this was about either…

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The lady “manning” the display was nice.  Chatted with the guy in the pic for a bit but I never really understood what the issue was. 

One of the things that I LOVE about travel is the different and interesting things that you can see.  Much different than where I am from but that is what makes travel so awesome.

And there were folks on segues.  I may have to try it sometime.  I think I might feel kind of silly until I got the hang of it.  But even then I might still feel silly.  Or I might feel super cool and important.  I guess I’ll just have to try it and see.

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I really wish we had been able to tour the White House.  It would have been cool but I’m sure we’ll visit again and then maybe we’ll get our chance. 

  • Have you ever toured the White House?
  • Have you ever visited DC? 
  • What are your travel plans for the coming year?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

If you could go anywhere to celebrate your retirement, where would you go?

After 29+ years with the United States Postal Service, Marvin chose Washington, DC.  With so much to see and do, I contacted our Congressman to schedule some tours, and asked my Facebook friends for ideas. To say there is a ton of stuff to do in DC, is well, an understatement.  There is an overwhelming amount of things to do.  I knew I would have to make a list and prioritize what we wanted to see etc.  It was still a long list including: 

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As you can see it’s a combination typed/handwritten/shorthand list.  And it’s longer than it looks because there are things not listed that I wanted to see as well.  I knew we wouldn’t be able to see all of the list but we were going to try!

Mom and Dad drove us to Dallas Love Field (DAL) and they have made some great improvements over the last several years.  There was a long line to go through security but it was moving fast.  After we were through security, we looked for somewhere to get a bite to eat. 

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Can’t go wrong with Whataburger, right? 

It was a very quick flight to Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and we were ready to get going.

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Our in-flight snack consisted of a complimentary beverage and some peanuts. 

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Yes – we were flying on Southwest Airlines!!  And the peanuts were yummy!

We landed in Austin and we had some time to kill before our next flight.  We found a little spot to get some lunch.

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We boarded our next flight which I knew was going to be a five hour trip so I made sure to use the restroom before boarding.  As I settled into my seat, I realized something. 

I had to go to the bathroom.

Again.

On a plane.

For real.

Those bathrooms are so tiny!!  And then, you have to stand so close when you flush…ugh!!  Those that know me well know I have an issue with public restrooms. ::don’t judge::  And compound that with the fact that it is a small, cramped airline restroom and it just makes it worse.  But with Marvin’s encouragement, I went anyway.  I survived and my bladder thanked me.

Something I like to do when I fly is to critique the safety brochure.  Take a look at this pic.

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First of all, does anyone still own a transistor radio?  Second of all, who brings a remote control car on a plane?  Flight attendant friends, does this even happen? 

Okay, let’s play a little guessing game.  If we were to be judging this plane evacuation, who would win?

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My vote is for the lady on the right.  Not only is she holding a baby, but she is also pointing her toes.  That earns her extra points for form. 

Yes, this is what I do on plane rides to different places.  Plus, I chat with random people.  It’s what I do. 

What do you do to pass the time when you are flying?

Where is your next adventure taking you?

(((hugs))) ~lisa