We flew to Washington at the beginning of April for a 4-day week-end. For many years we had tried to come to see the cherry blossoms. It finally happened.
We stayed downtown near the convention center on L Street. That was a perfect location for walking a visiting the city. We had been here many times, so we concentrated our time in the parks instead of the museums.
On Thursday night after checking-in at our hotel, we dined at a very good Indian restaurant named Rasika, which was near our hotel. A very modern setting with great food.
The next morning we went to different parks near the Capitol to see the blooming trees. That was a wonderful experience. The weather was perfect with blue sky that made for amazing photos. That afternoon we stopped at a museum that we had not visited before. The Museum of the Bible. It documents the history and impact of the Bible. It was of a great interest to us as we would travel to Israel, Palestine and Jordan a couple months later. We had dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill, one of our favorite restaurants in the city.
On Saturday we saw more cherry blossom trees and we decided to to take a boat to Alexandria. It's very nice to cruise on the Potomac river and the boat ride is not very long. We visited the Old Town of Alexandria and made reservation for lunch at the Gadsby's Tavern, an historic place built in 1785. Prominent customers of the tavern included George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. The food is excellent and all the staff wears traditional costumes.
We heard that the Cherry Blossom Festival had fireworks at the Wharf on Saturday night. The Wharf is an entertainment complex on the Potomac with restaurants, bars and stores. From our hotel we took the subway and went there for the dinner and for the fireworks. It was very busy. We found our way to a rooftop bar where we had great views on the spectacular fireworks.
We flew back home on Sunday after a great weekend in our country's capital.