Washington D.C.

My parents got here yesterday just in time..there is nothing left in the refrigerator to eat. I decided to kick their D.C. visit off with a trip to Jimmy’s and after we all ate our weight in fried seafood, we were ready to call it a night. Passed out in the cockpit to another awesome D.C. sunset.

D.C. Sunset

Today we met up with my parents at their hotel and got to walking. First stop was the Smithsonian Institute Castle. Of course, M.E. couldn’t help but take a family pic.

Matt and his parents in front of the Smithsonian Institute Castle

We stopped in at the Hirshhorn for my parents to check out the art exhibit and then moved on to the Air and Space Museum to see the exhibits we hadn’t seen yet.

Bottle Art at the Hirshhorn
Air and Space Museum
Sally Ride’s Spacesuit
Spacesuit Reflections

After walking around the exhibits with mass amounts of people, we were ready to sit down. We headed to the American Indian Museum to try out their cafeteria before making our way to the U.S. Botanic Garden. At the Botanic Garden, we spent some time showing my parents all the cool plants we had seen a couple of days before.

 Llamas  for the Peru Exhibit at the American Indian Museum

 Flowers from the U.S. Botanic Garden

Venus Fly Trap

We headed back to the hotel to chill in the A/C for a bit and to relax before dinner. On the way back we found a cool community garden that reminded me and M.E. of the garden we used to have at the marina. Pretty cool how even in the city they make room for a little gardening to go on.

D.C. Community Garden

At the hotel we Urban Spooned the best restaurants in D.C. and came up with a restaurant called Zaytinya. Perfect, no more debating about what to eat. We hopped on the Metro to go eat dinner. When we got out off the subway, an amazing band named, The Brass Connection was playing outside. These guys were awesome!

Waiting for the Metro
The Brass Connection

At Zaytinya, we ordered tons of food. Lamb kebobs, falafel, veal, crabcakes and more. Everything was great! After a Metro ride home, we were happy to get back to Kokoi to call it a night.

 Falafel from Zaytinya


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