Thursday, April 16, 2009

finally, the post you've all been waiting for... our dc trip

i want to apologize that this post is so far behind. as you know from my previous post i've had a rough time recently. i have been keeping in good spirits but i'm now ready to get back into the full swing of things. i wanted to thank you all for your words of encouragement during this rough time. you all kept me smiling even when i was feeling down. thank you!!

ok, so now, what you've all been waiting for......

our trip to dc was fantastic (besides my poor boyfriend being sick as a dog on sunday and not getting to enjoy anything. luckily i didn't get sick until after we got back home). we had originally planned to go spend friday night with ryan's dad (who lives in the eastern panhandle of west virginia) and then go onto dc saturday morning. we found out that he already had plans and wouldn't be home. while dc is only about 3 hours away, i'd prefer to start my morning out there instead of driving 3 hours and then starting out the day. i booked a room at the wyndam garden hotel in gaithersburg, md and we spent friday night there. first thing saturday morning, we hopped on the metro at shady grove and rode it into dc. we were able to leave the car at the metro parking for free on the weekends.

we arrived at the dupont hotel before check in so we checked our luggage and headed down to the sakura matsuri japanese street festival.

from the festival we headed towards the tidal basin by way of the washington monument. along the way, we ran into a patch of cherry trees that were absolutely gorgeous. there were lots of people under and around the trees have a great time.

from the tidal basin, we walked over to the arthur m. sackler gallery specifically to see the exhibit the tale of shuten doji. we had a fun time playing around with the big mirror that was in the lobby of the museum as well. we rested a bit by the gardens of the smithsonian castle before heading back to the festival for some food.

just before we got our food, we ran into some impromptu entertainment. this is something i miss when i'm away from cities. it appeared that dad and his two kids were entertaining the crowds just as much as the festival with their drumming. the acoustics where they were at made it even more amazing.

after getting just enough food to tide us over a bit, we headed back to the hotel to officially check in. um, by the way, if you've never stayed in the dupont hotel and are going to dc, i highly recommend it!! the location is perfect and the heated floor in the bathroom is enough to keep me going back!

my sweet blogger buddy over at city girl lifestyle wrote about teaism in here blog here. being a lover of all things tea, i knew i had to check it out. i was definitely not disappointed! they had amazing food and amazing tea and the most amazing salty oatmeal cookie that i have ever put in my mouth! (yes, a bunch of amazings and all worth it). (if i would have been in dc longer, i would have tried every one of city girl's recommendations - thank you again).

after dinner and tea at teasim, we headed to one of my favorite spots in dc, kramerbooks & afterwords cafe. i am such a sucker for bookstores. (in fact, i used to work at one when i lived in virgina beach, va). i picked up a copy of french milk which i enjoyed very much. before heading back to the hotel, we noticed a store called sweet green across the street from kramerbooks. i wasn't quite sure what it was so we decided to head over and check it out. if you haven't been there, check it out, i recommend it highly. they have an amazing selection of salads to choose from and the most fantastic frozen yogurt! we got a large yogurt with mango, blueberries, and raspberries and shared it.

sunday morning i woke up excited because i was going to tranquil space to take a yoga class before we left for home. my boyfriend didn't wake up to such excitement as i did. the poor dear spent sunday in misery from a stomach virus. he went with me to afterwords cafe for brunch. any other day he would have loved it but, he was feeling so horrible that he went back to the hotel. he stayed at the hotel while i headed to tranquil space. when i walk in, my face just lit up because kimberly wilson was there. it was so good to see her again. i also got to meet her beau, tim and her beloved pug, louis. since i had only met her once before, i was honored that she remembered me and my name. (melita isn't exactly an easy name to remember for most). i was also honored that she let me be her guest so that i didn't have to pay for the yoga class i attended. she's such a sweet heart! i simply adore her!! the level 1 yoga class i attended was amazing. after yoga, i browsed around her boutique. i ended up with a tranquil space yoga t-shirt and a tranquilit men's t-shirt for my boyfriend. (i have so many pieces of the tranquilit line that i just had to share with ryan so he could experience it for himself - he was thrilled to get it and loves it).

after yoga, i decided as much as i'd love to stay and play some more in dc, it wasn't fair to ryan who wasn't feeling well. on my way back to the hotel, i ran across this tree branch (maybe vine??) that i just thought was very interesting. i just had to take a picture of it. look at the way it is intertwined with the iron fence. the place looked abandoned, but i'd live there (after it was fixed up a bit that is).

photos by moi


theanalyst said...

Despite the brief b/f sickness, sounds like you have a fab time! I would love to visit Tranquil Space some time! It is sweet that Kimberly remembered you, not that I thought she wouldn't. Beautiful photos!

Indie.Tea said...

It looks like a great trip...lovely pictures too.

Pink Heels said...

Sit down for a second. I have something to tell you that will completely alter your life.

I have the Teaism Salty Oatmeal Cookie recipe and I am willing to share it. : )

The Cooking Accountant said...

I have always wanted to visit DC when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. So pretty!

Melita said...

pink heels - i am sitting down!!!! please alter my life!!! :)

erin said...

looks wonderful! thanks for your lovely note on my blog. you're so sweet.

Naturally Jules said...

Wow! Looks like ann awesome time! Last time I was in DC was our 8th grade trip! LOL! Decades ago!

So sorry about the flu bug that got ahold of you both, and the lay-off, my hubby was laid off on the same day (must have been something in the air)

Keep your chin up and keep busy! Love your blog!

City Girl said...

Melita!! I am so glad you had such a nice visit in DC. The Sweet Green in Dupont is completely new - it opened on March 30th! Just in time for your visit! I finally was able to make it to Sweet Green tonight to check it out too :)

And you are super savvy to stay at the Dupont Hotel - it's been totally renovated this winter - in fact, I don't think it reopened until a few weeks ago. It sounds like we had parallel weekends (though I worked most of Saturday, and saw the blossoms on Sunday, details) - I did make it to Teaism for a break at some point on Saturday :) SO glad you enjoyed it :)

Sorry I took so long to post this comment. It's been a long week.

Mindy said...

hi melita!

thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! i really appreciate your support! your positive attitude is contagious :-)

sounds like a wonderful weekend in dc! i love all of your pictures, especially the funky winding branch!

hope you are doing well!

Katie said...

Sounds like a great trip! Sucks that the man was down with the sickness though. Really enjoyed seeing all your pics, as always! Now I want to go to DC!!

Emily said...

WHAT! Kimberly Wilson - in person! WOWZERS. :) Amazing. You are the coolest.