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Archive for November 12th, 2008

Street Scenes in Washington, DC

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

We went to Washington DC, the last full weekend in October. I wanted to see the exhibit of Bolivian Textiles at the Textile Museum, and that exhibit was only scheduled through that Sunday.

Somehow while we were en-route, they changed things and extended the exhibit, I think through sometime in February. (You have time to go… consider a trip!) We were already on the road before we knew of the change, and it worked out fine.

(For those interested, I put up a Flickr slideshow/set, sixteen photos, of our backroad journey the first day. We drove from Michigan to Ohio to Pittsburgh, which was beautiful with autumn colors. Some Pittsburgh photos were on the way out on the second day.)

We stayed with Brian’s sister, Jenny, who has a condo apartment in the Adams-Morgan area. We walked and walked and walked, almost everywhere we went. I love cities, and walking gives me more of a chance to see the neighborhoods.

I have many photos and not enough time to write in detail today. I will just give little captions and let the photos speak. I’ll go into the Textile Museum and other visits, in another post.

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Garden in front of what I think was an Embassy, very near Textile Museum. In Michigan we had already dealt with frost, so the flowers were especially welcome.

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Neighborhood street, maybe near DuPont Circle.

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Building unlike anything in Lansing, possibly residences.

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Building with original art deco entry. Beautiful.

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Rummage sale inside (Episcopal?) church. Jenny and I found some nice things, Brian had no luck. The volunteers were really nice, and the other shoppers were a blast. Much fun, an unplanned stop on the way to Bolivian textiles.

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Front counter at teahouse/restaurant where we went twice. Great teas!

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Jenny looking a bit like a flapper upstairs at the teahouse.

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Toddler walking away from tiny puddle, in which he splashed for a while.

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Kramerbooks, an independent bookstore, Dupont Circle area. This photo is for Deborah Robson/The Independent Stitch, who really loves independent bookstores.

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Bikes owned by the City of DC, for a bike-share program. You buy a card to identify yourself for a very low price for a year, no additional fees if you ride a lot. You can pick up any bike at one of several places in the city. You can keep the bike up to a certain number of hours. You can drop off the bike at any of the bike stations, not just the one where you got it. I think this is really a cool idea!

OK, that is just too many photos for one post, anyway. There will be more photos and more narrative soon!