My husband entered the Army 10 Miler and we decided to make a family vacation out of it. This was my first time to DC. My husband has been twice before but had a limited amount of time for sightseeing since he was there primarily for training. We also brought our one-year-old son, which added some scheduling considerations.
The Jurys Normandy Inn is on a quiet street in the Embassy district north of DuPont Circle . It’s about one mile downhill to the DuPont Circle metro stop, and is one mile uphill to the National Zoo. There are several restaurants, in a wide range of prices, near the Circle.
After checking in, we walked down to the metro, took the red line to Metro Center , and walked to the Mall. A competition to build a house completely dependent on solar power is underway on the Mall, so most of the lawn is covered with construction equipment. We started with the Air & Space Museum . This isn’t really my thing, but it was interesting. There is a section devoted to the Wright Brothers. I couldn’t help taking a picture of the portrait of Wilbur Wright. I’m a Harry Potter fan, and was struck by his resemblance to Jason Isaacs, who portrays Lucius Malfoy.
The American History Museum is closed for renovations (sob), but they have a small exhibit at the Air & Space Museum . I should say very small. It’s only two rooms. It’s scheduled to reopen summer 2008, so maybe we can make it back in a couple of years.
On our way back to the metro, we had to stop for a motorcade on Pennsylvania Avenue . We like to pretend it was the President, but who knows.
For dinner we ate a Johnny Rockets, which is a 50s style burger joint. The food was good, but the service left a lot to be desired.