We flew to D.C. the next morning. How long has it been since I've been there? Other than catching the train there last year, I haven't been there since grad school. It's been a little while. We stayed in a nice little hotel in Foggy Bottom, The River Inn. Very nice older hotel, and it was just two blocks from the Kennedy Center.
Here's our neighborhood in Foggy Bottom. And, my token picture of a door, that I have to have from a trip.
We took a tour of the Kennedy Center - free, and well worth it. It was a little over an hour, and there were only three of us. It was kind of sad that when I answered the tour guide and said "Yes, please", she stopped, looked at me, and said, "Thank you. That's the first please I've heard in years." Linda told her it was because we were raised in the Midwest. Anyways, we were able to see all the theaters, go into some of the boxes and private lounges, and see and hear about the art that was a gift from different countries. I also took a picture of the Don Quixote statue outside. Just because.
The weather was cold on Friday, but we still walked blocks to Kramerbooks and Afterwords. It's a bookstore and restaurant that's been there so long that I went there when I was in grad school in D.C. We had a very good dinner there, especially because our waiter was so much fun. We took Uber back to the hotel, and had about three hours to play a card game. That was really our only downtime the entire trip.
We picked the perfect day to go to the Newseum. The weather was supposed to start getting bad about 2 PM (it did), eventually turn to snow, and be sloppy until about 10 PM. We were at the Newseum from just after 9 AM to 5 PM and closing. If you ever go, your ticket is good for two days.
We could have used a day and a half or two days there. There were movies and exhibits we didn't even get to. But, Linda and I are both fascinated by news and history, and we analyzed and discussed the exhibits. One exhibit was a temporary one, all the Pulitizer Prize-winning photographs. And, we looked at every one, listened to tapes about some. We laughed at the exhibit about the Presidential dogs. In one hallway, there are the current days front pages from one newspaper from each state and from some foreign countries. Each morning they receive copies of 80-some newspapers from around the country and the world. We discussed all those front pages, comparing them and the front page headlines. There was one room with the front pages of historic days in U.S. history.
You can walk out on the 6th floor terrace where they have a fantastic view. And, then you work your way down the building. A few buildings on Pennsylvania Avenue that you can see from the Newseum.
There was an exhibit about the Bill of Rights. My favorite Amendment? Of course, it's he First Amendment.
There was a very moving exhibit about the Berlin Wall. We didn't even get to the news movie. And, we didn't have the heart to watch the Holocaust movie. I already cried at the Berlin Wall stories.
|West Berlin side of the Berlin Wall (pieces of the actual wall)|
|Whitewashed East Berlin side of the wall|
|Lower part of a checkpoint|
|Tower of a Berlin Wall checkpoint|
At least I didn't cry at the cartoon display. I was just talking to Linda about this cartoon, and turned around, and there was a copy of it.
Can you call a day thoughtful? We spent a full day talking history. Thoughtful conversations with my sister. A few tears over history.
At five when we left the museum, it was slushy and snowy. So, it took our cab a while to get through the 5 PM traffic. By the time we arrived at the hotel, we had only about a half an hour until the time we planned to walk to the Kennedy Center. We took our umbrellas (now rain), linked arms, and carefully walked the two blocks. By the time we left after the show, the precipitation had stopped, it warmed enough to melt the slush, and we just walked back.
"Chess". Here's how "Broadway World" introduces it. "Chess is an epic rock opera about love and political intrigue set against the backdrop of the Cold War as two superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.