We arrived in DC on Saturday evening after an exciting flight over on the huge BA Airbus A380. This plane is enormous and felt like a floating hotel. We treated ourselves to some Club World seats, so despite our hatred of flying, we had a great flight snuggled up in our beds.
Yesterday (Sunday), after catching up on our sleep, we decided we had to visit the most iconic place in Washington: The White House. Armed with various cameras, we power walked off down 16th Avenue towards Casa Obama. A little disappointedly (although don’t worry, we have a very special tour planned on Thursday) you can’t actually get that close to The White House, but undeterred we still managed to snap a few pics.
After getting our Obama fix and a delicious brunch at Le Diplomate, we then set off to explore Georgetown – our favourite part of Washington. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon and combined with all the Christmas festivities, this place felt a charmed place to live. Leafy, clearly expensive and with hundred of beautiful manor houses, this is the America that us non-Americans are used to seeing in the films. We absolutely loved it.
Aside from gawking at the beautiful houses, Georgetown is a great place to explore. We started by taking a walk around the campus of Georgetown University. For a Sunday afternoon, it was strangely busy – with students studying and attending lectures (we certainly weren’t doing this as students!)
We also walked down to Georgetown Waterfront Park for sunset, which had views over to the skyscrapers of Rosslyn. An interesting fact, in Washington DC you are unable to build any buildings taller than the Capitol. However, across the river in the state of Virginia, you can, hence a strange contrast in cityscapes on either side of the river.
To get down to the river, we decided to use the famous ‘Exorcist Stairs’, which featured in this notorious film. It was a creepy experience all normalised by a few sweaty joggers using the stairs for a cardio workout!
Some other places to drop by in Georgetown are Martin’s Tavern, where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie; Dumbarton Oaks, with its huge sprawling grounds and fountains; and Baked and Wired, the most amazing cupcake bakery we’ve been to yet.
We finished our day with a delicious Ethiopian meal and a walk around DuPont, with its equally as lovely houses.
So far, Washington has exceeded all our expectations. Normally a place associated only with Capitol Hill and The White House, this is a great city with some beautiful, historic and relaxing areas to explore. We can’t wait for Day 2!