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Monday, 10 November 2014

A Weekend In Washington D.C, pt 1

linclon memorial
I've always wanted to visit Washington D.C, I've dreamt of this day for quite some time now. We arrived on a rainy Friday night but trust me, a rainy night in Washington D.C is probably better than a sunny night anywhere else. Washington D.C was quaint, peaceful and simply stunning. I am far too excited to share the latest part of my adventure with you... 
dupont circle hotelAfter a long bus journey to D.C, I finally arrived at the Dupont Circle Hotel - possibly the plushest and most beautiful hotel. 

dupont circle hotelI arrived quite late but I was determined to see lots of Washington D.C that evening so went straight to the concierge to ask for some ideas. I freshened up in the perfect bathroom and then headed out. 

Any hotel that has Aromatherapy Associates toiletries has a place in my heart - you should all know by now that AA is one of my favourite brands.

the white house

We arrived in our taxi (the rain meant we had to grab a taxi to save time and keep us dry) but The White House still looked beautiful.

fall the white house

The Autumn colours complimented it so well.

I was so excited to be there, even if I was a little wet - drowned rat look? Nope, there's no pulling that off. I had recycled the same wardrobe I wore during my trip to New York as I just had no room in my hand luggage, so it's that MissGuided skirt, cropped jumper and my trusty camel coat again. My boots kept me out of the rain at least. 

washington monument

We then headed towards all the main monuments. 

washington d.c park

And had a lovely walk through the park. I couldn't believe how quiet Washington D.C was.

washington monument

I liked the Washington Monument. 

We could see the sun setting in the distance...

washington d.c sunset

so chased it all the way to the Lincoln Memorial - a site definitely worth seeing.  

 Lincoln Memorial

At least I had the sense to buy an umbrella. 

I thought I wasn't a monument person, but there's no way you can't be touched by the beautiful things in Washington D.C. I particularly felt emotional when reading this. 

Everything was stunning. 

 Lincoln Memorial

 Lincoln Memorial

The sun was setting so quickly

and the sky soon became a beautiful shade of pink.

As we turned around, we saw the Lincoln memorial, in all it's glory.

lincoln memorial

You may remember this shot from my look-book video. 

and the man himself.

lincoln memorial

You can see it from every corner of D.C, it's so bright and beautiful - particularly at night. It was actually Famous Fat Dave (remember him from my New York food tour post?) who recommended that we visit this in the evening. 

We'd asked the concierge where the best place to get a good dinner was and she recommended Old Ebbitt Grill, so we trotted back past The White House, illuminated with beautiful lights... and found Old Ebbitt's. 

old ebbitt grill washington d.c

What a choice, Old Ebbitt's was phenomenal. Probably one of the best restaurants I've eaten in and such a unique experience.

old ebbitt grill

It was kind of old-fashioned with a modern twist.

old ebbitt grill washington dc

Let's just say the portions were huge, I had calamari to start and it was big enough to serve a house full of people. 

chicken wings

Jack went for the chicken wings with a blue cheese dip, they were incredible.

old ebbitt grill

We went to sleep after a crazy, exciting night seeing all the monuments in Washington D.C. After all, we only had three days here so we knew we wanted to cram as much into our time here as we could.

the dupont circle hotel
We got back to the hotel and literally crashed in bed. This eye mask made sure I had the best nights sleep but the bed was so comfortable I'm actually surprised I managed to get out of it the next morning!
For breakfast, we were woken up with a plate of my favourite treats, macaroons... and then, it was time to head to Georgetown for some much needed retail therapy. Oh, you'll have to wait a day or two for that's a good one, I promise.

Have you ever visited Washington D.C? Do you want to visit Washington D.C? Do you like monuments? Have you ever eaten anywhere like Old Ebbitt's? 

Lots of love, Em x

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