A Day in DC, yes, Xiao Long Bao

We stayed in Rockville, near he Glenstone. We were only coming in for the night but found ourselves with an extra day so came down Friday and had today, Saturday, to see what’s what around here.

Breakfast (lunch) was at Bob’s Shanghai 66. We ordered both chicken and pork soup dumplings. Bothe were good. And some really good string beans. After we headed to Savvy Treats Bake Shop.

It was a very good but not worth a return trip cupcake.

Then onto the monuments. Well, onto a long drive looking for parking. Eventually we found a lot along the river where we walked through the Roosevelt Pathway, past the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, overlooked the Jefferson, skimmed past the Washington, along the mall and to to The Hirshorn and National Sculpture Gardens which were the draw of the day.

I think my feeling is that to do DC right, for me, I need a week in a well located hotel where I can go to the African American in the morning, then the Portrait Gallery in the afternoon. Walk the tidal pool the next afternoon and visit the mall in the evening. Its ay too much for me. There is also, for $39 a hop on hop off bus which is probably the best way to see it all if you only have a day.

We ended the day with a late lunch/early dinner at Cafe Milano in Georgetown. It is a popular place, described as a place to be seen. We were early, sat at a window table, enjoyed some meats and bruschetta and a rack of lamb. If I were to go back I would definitely order the whole fish in salt crust.

Georgetown is as lovely as I could have holed. Beautiful houses lining the streets and a good bakery… The Dough Jar served up an excellent Brookie.

Of course the entire day we were on the lookout for the cherry blossoms. The tidal basin was empty, nothing along our walk, but we did finally spot this on the way out. A bright spot for the men living under the bridge in tents across the way .

a silver tree at the National Sculpture Park

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