Washington, DC

DC holds a special place in my heart. I fell in love with the city after visiting for a political conference when I was 18 and the following year I spent a semester interning at the White House. After graduating from college, I lived in DC for five years before returning to Texas. I’m lucky enough to be able to return occasionally for work, and I had just enough free time last week when I was in town to walk around the National Mall and see some of the monuments, which never get old to me.

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After a rainy day, it finally dried out and there were a TON of tourists.Image

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DC is where I met my husband and he proposed at my favorite spot in the city, a lesser-known memorial tucked away between the Lincoln Memorial and the WWII Memorial. It’s called the DC War Memorial–if you’re in DC, be sure to find it!

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One of my favorite things to do in DC is just walk around the city–there are so many parks and green places to explore, like Constitution Gardens, below.

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During my trip, I lunched at L’Auberge Chez François, one of the best French restaurants in the DC area. It’s in Great Falls, a bit of a hike from the city, but such a treat and well worth it for the yummy food.

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My courses, clockwise from top left: Lentil soup, cheese tart, plum tart with cinnamon ice cream, vegetable plate

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This trip made me think I need to return to DC with my husband to really see all the sights and visit some of the Smithsonian museums, which we haven’t done in years. Adding in a quick train ride up to NYC would really make for a fun city trip!

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