Annapolis, MD and Washington, D.C.: Part 2

During the second part of our December trip, we left Annapolis and headed to Washington, D.C. where we stayed at the lovely and historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel (site of several political sex scandals). The lobby area was very nice with huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and was decorated for the holiday season.

A big gingerbread house (complete with lights) was part of the Christmas decorations found in the Mayflower Hotel.

A big gingerbread house (complete with lights) was part of the Christmas decorations found in the Mayflower Hotel.

We visited a few of the Smithsonian buildings (American History Museum, Natural History Museum, the Smithsonian Institution Building aka the Castle) and attempted to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Unfortunately, much to my disappointment, it was too close to closing time for us to enter the main exhibit at the USHMM. I need to go back there another time to experience that exhibit for sure. We also happened to pass by the National Theatre and ended up buying tickets to see the awesome Les Miserables (the musical, not the movie) – one of my favourite musicals of all time. It was my second time seeing it and my husband’s first. We left with all those emotional and powerful songs still running through our heads and agreed that we definitely had to buy the soundtrack and see the new movie version that had just come out.

Clockwise from top left: The Food exhibit at the Museum of American History, a reproduction of Julia Child's kitchen at the Food exhibit, the Museum of Natural History, "The Castle", a view of the Washington Capitol building, the Washington Monument

Clockwise from top left: The Food exhibit at the Museum of American History, a reproduction of Julia Child’s kitchen at the Food exhibit, the Museum of Natural History, “The Castle”, a view of the Washington Capitol building, the Washington Monument

My husband and I both love the Georgetown area in Washington.  We remembered noticing an Ethiopian restaurant here last year and decided that we had to try it this time. Neither of us had ever tried Ethiopian food before and we had a great experience at Das. As is traditional, there were no utensils and our food was presented on a large shared platter accompanied by injera (the flat, rolled up, spongy, grey bread with which you scoop up and eat your food).

Clockwise from top left: Two Ethiopian beers sampled by my husband, our main courses on a shared platter - Das Combination Chicken & Beef Entrée Sampler and Chicken Doro Wot, Ethiopian potato salad, mushroom inguday tibs

Clockwise from top left: Two Ethiopian beers sampled by my husband, our main courses on a shared platter – Das Combination Chicken & Beef Entrée Sampler and Chicken Doro Wot, Ethiopian potato salad, mushroom inguday tibs

Another thing we enjoy about Washington is that there are a few Corner Bakery Cafe’s here. We love the Corner Bakery! It is our go-to breakfast spot (and frequent lunch spot) when we are in an American city that has them. They have great sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches. My husband and I are also both fans of their mini bundt cakes (especially the chocolate ones). I’m a fan of the Commuter Croissant and of many of their sandwiches, including the Uptown Turkey on Harvest Bread.

I drank this orange juice as we headed to the airport to go home.

I drank this orange juice as we headed to the airport to go home.

All in all, we had an amazing trip!

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One comment

  1. Lovely post! I enjoyed reading all about your trip…. Remind me to tell you something about Annapolis! You have given me travel fever girl! I can’t to go away again! Keep on blogging and see you soon! xo

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