Day 3: Ping Pong...it's not just a game.
After a quick breakfast and coffee at the apartment, I headed back out for my last day of sights. This time, however, I was armed with personal tour guide and monument/memorial aficionado Shannon. Good thing too, as I likely would have gotten lost at some point. We started off at the World War II memorial. Though the fountain and waterfall were under renovation, the memorial was very impressive. Each state is represented, as well as the key battles. It was very crowded, but worth it to see all of the veterans that were present to pay their respects. There were also several war advertisement and propoganda replicas on hand this day to view, which were very interesting. Though seeing Superman telling you to "Slap a Jap" was a little off putting in today's context.
Next, we headed over to the Vietnam Memorial. We stopped to listen to a tour guide explain the concept, which includes a reflective surface to remind us that it could have been anyone's name on that wall. It was also interesting to find out that to this day, names are added periodically, which requires them to remove a section of stone and re-do it. While there, my dad asked me to check for 2 names of people he had served with and who he had lost contact with when they were sent over. The names were not included, which according to my dad meant that they made it home safe. I was very glad to be able to share that info with him.
The Lincoln memorial was up next. This was the sight I was most looking forward to seeing out of the whole trip because let's face it, Lincoln was a bad-ass (even when he wasn't slaying vampires). The monument was amazing, with the views of the reflective pool, the detail of the statue, and of course the inscription of the Gettysburg address. Just the enormity of the building and the columns were impressive enough.
At that point, Julie was finishing up work. So before we headed over to meet her, we stopped at the Korean War Memorial. Just like all the others, the thought and detailed put in are truly amazing. From there, we hiked it across to China Town to meet Julie. We grabbed some dim sum at a place called Ping Pong, a sort of "Asian infusion" style place. Our arrogant waiter gave us his suggestions which he "guaranteed and is right about 100% of the time." Our meal (consisting of virtually nothing that he suggested) was really good, even Julie's drink which I like to call a Tapioca Gummy Bear Fizz.
Korean War Memorial
After lunch, the three of us headed back down towards the National mall & Tidal Basin. We made it to the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, and one more stop at Lincoln before we had to hustle back to the apartment to get ready for our dinner reservations. Luckily Shannon knew this speedy walk home which took 30 minutes and only felt like it took a day & a half.
Our Top Chef themed weekend continued at Mike Isabella's Graffiato Restaurant. The place is tapas style and though there was much left to be desired for the ladies, there were a few dishes I really enjoyed. Not to mention my Sex & The City style drink. "Hi, I'm Samantha!"
We closed the night and weekend out hitting a few bars, all with great beer selections. I would say my favorite was The Passenger bar, though The Board Room was very entertaining with all the games you could play right there at the bar or at a table. They had everything from Scattergories to Don't Break The Ice. Julie picked Marry, Date or Dump, I guess keeping the whole Sex & The City theme going. "I still get to be Samantha!" One last stop for a late night slice of pizza, and the trip had come to an end.
Had an amazing couple of days in DC, and can't thank Shannon enough for her hospitality. Can't wait to go back and see everything that I ran out of time for. Until then or until the next TIMMY TAKEOVER, this is Samantha...um I mean Tim, signing off.