We pulled up around 1:30 PM to the Omni Shoreham, checked in, and threw all of our luggage in our room before heading out to see some of the sights. We have a great hotel room with a balcony that has a view of the pool as well as the gazebo.
Omni Shoreham in Washington D.C.
View of the pool from our balcony
View of the gazebo and hammocks from our balcony
We headed across the street for quick, delicious lunch at Open City before taking the metro to the National Mall. Since it was 90+ degrees outside, we opted to each lunch inside although the tables out front looked nice.
Lunch at Open City....very cute decor!
Todd, Paolo, and I walked around the National Mall and saw the Capitol and Washington Monument. Since it was so hot, we decided to head into one of the Smithsonian Museums, the National Museum of American History.
Todd & I in front of the Washington Monument
Before heading inside
We saw so many cool things! I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. I definitely found this museum more interesting than most because a lot of it was pop culture artifacts.
Michelle Obama's Inauguration Dress
Todd testing his ability in wringing laundry like in the old days
Dumbo from Disneyland
Abe Lincoln's Top Hat
Dorothy's Ruby Slippers
Nastia Liukin's leotard from the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Kermit the Frog
Excited to see the Julia Child Exhibit
Julia Child's Kitchen
After walking around for several hours and starting to get tired, we went back to the hotel for naps and relaxation. Since most of the other people we knew attending the wedding were either coming into town late Friday night or Saturday afternoon, the three of us walked a few blocks from our hotel to find someplace to eat for dinner. We decided to try something a little bit different and went to Lebanese Taverna. We started with a caraft of white sangria before trying grape leaves and some babah ganush with warm pitas. For dinner, I had hummus & veggies and a house salad. Boring I know, but I don't really eat a lot of meat and there weren't a lot of vegetarian options that sounded appealing.
Todd & Paolo with their sangria