On the second day of our trip to DC, we took the metro to the Smithsonian Museum of American History--way too much to see but we tried valiantly to see as much as we could in about 3 hours: Judy Garland's ruby slippers from Wizard of Oz, Archie Bunker's chair from All in the Family,c the presidents and their wives, old cars, trains,--even Julia Child's kitchen! We weren't able to see it all, but we had fun trying.
After grabbing a quick lunch, we met our friend Mary Beth Brednich at the visitors' center of Congress. She works as an aid in the Senate and gave us a fabulous tour--walked the halls, stood in the House gallery, and saw more statues and paintings than we can remember! One of the fun things about being with Mary Beth is all the insider tidbits and history that she knows and shared with us as we walked the halls of the Capitol. Her job puts her in regular contact with all 100 senators--a wealth of knowledge--and a beautiful person!
Then...we went to "Ben's Chili Bowl"-- a famous Washington dive for hot dogs and chili cheese fries.
We finished the evening off with a tour of Washington Monument--went all the way to the top for a beautiful view of the city. There was a jazz concert nearby as we left.