Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy Anniversary (Part 1)

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Dan and I went to Washington, D.C. to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary.  With a toddler and a new baby on the way, we knew it was going to be awhile before we got a chance to get away again.  Plus, I couldn't even remember the last time we'd had dinner without anyone else!  So, Friday afternoon we dropped Emily off at mom and Ron's, and we headed into the city.  

We stayed at the Capital Hilton, which I have to take a minute to highly recommend.  When we checked in, the woman at the desk noted it was our anniversary and upgraded us to a 2 room suite.  We had a separate living room with a wet bar and fridge, two televisions, three phones (one in the bathroom, which baffled me), and a huge king size bed.  She also gave us vouchers for appetizers each night of our stay and the breakfast buffet each morning!  After checking out our room, we decided to take a walk and see what was around.  We found the White House 2 blocks away:

After seeing some sights, we decided to stop for dinner.  We spotted a gaudy red and yellow place called Ollie's Trollies which was touted as a "Washington, D.C. landmark".  Um, not even close.  It smelled funny inside, but we braved it anyway.  Dan got the famous Ollie burger...see how much he's enjoying it?

I think the funniest part was when a woman brought her two little boys in the restaurant to use the bathroom.  She took one look at it, turned them around, and said, "We'll go across the street to Barnes and Noble!"  Yep, it was that classy of a restaurant.  I couldn't complain though...they made a yummy BLT!

Saturday after breakfast, we decided to go to the Washington Zoo.  I hadn't been here since an eighth grade field trip, and I wanted to check it out.  Who knew it was so big?  It took us hours to get through, which was fine, but I didn't realize it was so extensive.  My favorite animal, by far, was the panda bear.  Only one was out, but after some creative acrobatics on my part, I got some decent pictures of her eating.  

Dan was more impressed with the Big Cats area.  There were two lions playing, but I think Dan's favorite was the tiger.

After the zoo, we hit a little place in Adams Morgan for lunch, then hopped on the Metro for our Washington Monument tour.