This year — a few weeks before Christmas — I got a text from my sister Jaci’s fiance, Jason. I was so excited to receive an invitation to join Jaci, Jay and his brother, Ryan, for their annual DC trip! They were planning on going up the road on New Years Eve day, and I immediately assured him that I’d take the day off work to join them in metro-hopping and gallery browsing.
My dear friend Denise was coming up from Charlottesville to stay with me through the New Year, and so she joined me in the day’s events, which included many, many different hops around the city on the metro.
This is Denise and I on the metro leaving Huntington Station. We got a bit of a late start, as we decided that an extra hour of sweet sleep was going to be completely necessary in order to stay up for all our New Years Eve party that night! It was also completely necessary to stop by Best Buy on our way up the road and buy a purse-sized pocket digital camera. *wink* The plan was to drop off my car at Courtney’s house, walk the three blocks to the metro, and get ourselves into the city to meet up with the others. Thank goodness for cell phones, which make City Marco Polo possible!
After a bit of directional confusion and a VERY blustery walk from Smithsonian Station to Federal Triangle, we finally caught up with Kiddo and her boys and got back on the metro! This is a sweet picture of my darling little sister and her cute fiance, Jason.
They had already browsed through a museum they wanted to see, so when we hooked up Jay had worked out a route to get us to the National Portrait Gallery, near Chinatown. There is a huge, beautiful sculpture of a bucking bronco out at street level, and a gorgeous inner atrium that gives you the idea of being outdoors, without the bitter winter wind nipping at your ears!
The exhibit that I wanted to see juxtaposed Ansel Adams’ photographs against Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings: Natural Affinities. (I have no long that link will stay active, so here’s a link to the coffee table book that accompanies this exhibit.) Unfortunately, no one was able to take photos in that hall. However, upstairs there was a very interesting exhibit called Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture. I immediately thought that my friend Sarah S-E would love it, and snapped a few pictures of some interesting ones that caught my eye.
Of course, I got distracted when I saw this handsome fellow at the end of the hall…
… and I just HAD to touch his sword! (Naughty, naughty Jen!)
About a month ago, my friend Jamie sent me a newspaper clipping about a famous Italian master glassblower, Lino Tagliapietra. The article indicated that an exhibit of his work was featured at the Renwick Gallery off of Pennsylvania Avenue, and I felt I had to go see it because not only have Jamie and I traveled to Italy before and oogled the beautiful glass, but during one of her trips to Maryland we stumbled upon an exhibit in the same gallery! So after a late lunch for Denise and I (and ice cream for the rest of the group), we went to check it out. The glass was GORGEOUS! Simply breathtaking. But again, photography wasn’t allowed on that floor of the gallery. This is a photograph taken from the Gallery’s web site.
At 5:30 p.m. the Renwick gallery was closing, the kids were tired and going to head home, and Denise and I needed to head back to Courtney’s to have dinner and get primped before the New Years Eve party. But right as we stepped outside the gallery, I had to take a quick snapshot of the building across the pedestrian-only street. Yeah, that’s the back-side of the White House!
Waiting for the metro, Denise and I both started to feel a bit silly and took a variety of funny self portraits with my new camera. Some were interesting, some were hysterical and others were downright scary. But we laughed like crazy and bothered the woman sitting behind us, who kept trying to shield her face from appearing in the background. She was probably thinking, “Those damn tourists!” Whatever. We had fun!
And that was only the first third of the New Years adventure… Stay tuned!