Last week I was busy learning at a conference in Washington, DC. The weather had just turned cool for the first time this fall, it was perfect DC exploring weather. My conference was a the Omni Shoreham hotel in the Woodley Park area, near the National Zoo and the diverse Adams Morgan neighborhood.
One morning I skipped the conference sessions to check out some Washington, DC memorials that I had not seen before in the National Mall.
There are a few “new” ones- Martin Luther King, Jr. and Korean War Memorial. The MLK memorial is impressive! It overlooks the Tidal Basin and includes the white marble statue of MLK with quotes on the walls surrounding it.
The two half mountains represent: Out of a mountain of despair a stone of hope.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial (dedicated in 1995) is next to the Lincoln Memorial. The fall foliage in the background added something special to the Memorial that day.
I wandered by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial but didn’t linger or take many photos. There are a lot of family, friends and veterans who visit this memorial to honor a loved one, remember, and reflect.
I don’t like to invade during their time of reflection so I moved on to Lincoln. I was fairly early in the day- 9am- but still there were buses loaded up with tourists who were already there. The Lincoln Memorial is my favorite too so I can’t blame them. Get here early!
My brother was with me in Washington, DC and jogged from the Omni Shoreham to the National Mall and ended up renting a bike to see it all while I went back to conference some more.
Other highlights from DC included this breakfast pizza from Open City Diner in Woodley Park, right across the street from the Omni Shoreham. This place was a little hipster but full of delicious food!
And of course the pandas at the National Zoo!
photo credit to my brother
My brother and I were on the 6th floor of the Omni, in the 650 section and immediately wondered if there was a room 666. There was! I was shocked. I hardly ever see hotels with 13th floors let alone a 666 room number. I wonder how many people have rejected it once they saw what room they were assigned???
Reader question: Would you stay on the 13th floor if a hotel had one? What about room 666? Are you superstitious about anything?
I would totally stay on the 13th floor but would be apprehensive about room 666. My brother said he would stay in either while BC said absolutely not to room 666.