Washington D.C. holds a special place in my heart! I moved in the area in 2006 for a job and ended up loving every single minute of it until I left in July 2010. In fact, this blog was born there as a way for me to share all my adventures around the city! Life was so different back then when I would spend hours on end running, biking, baking, cooking, and most importantly sipping bourbon with good friends.
It was exciting to spend a short while in D.C. again during our recent road-trip. We basically had enough time to take the kids to the National Mall and that’s about it. My office way back in the day used to be right across from the U.S. Treasury, and after work I would go out for a run on the Mall, rain, shine, snow, or whatever! This time, I thought it was enough of a workout just pushing a double stroller through the crowds. We spent our time at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculptor Garden, played in the giant fountain by the National Archives, tried to climb trees on the Mall lawn, and hopped on the carousel before calling it a day!
I missed seeing most of our friends given how condensed our time was in the city, but the next morning before driving back to Raleigh, we took our cousin Priya’s suggestion and met her for breakfast at the Open City Cafe by the National Cathedral. Let me just say this off the bat that if you haven’t been here yet, you need to go ASAP! Especially if you have little ones with you for company.
In all my years in D.C. I am ashamed to admit that I had never made it to the Cathedral grounds, only admiring it from afar while sitting in DC traffic. I am glad to FINALLY check it off the list. Best of all finding this little cafe tucked away on premise was nothing short of fantastic. The food was amazing and the setting couldn’t be better. We spent a long time here letting the kids use up their energy before getting in the car for a long ride home .
I can’t explain it but I felt sad all over again when it was time to leave D.C. It’s so silly I know! I had to remind myself that it’s less than 5-hours away from Raleigh and that we’ll be back again soon. I can’t wait!