Remember how I said we are tourists on the weekends due to the fabulous weather of ANYTHING-ABOVE-40?! Well last weekend we hit Queens. Hit it real good. Flushing Park was the home of two world’s fairs. The most important one of all being 1964 when Walt Disney nearly got his whole park from the exhibits. Just to name a few…It’s a Small World, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the dino diorama you see on the Disneyland Railroad, and the carousel of progress.
The park has definitely seen better days, but they have a museum with a giant diorama of all of NYC. I’m talking down to the color of the buildings. We even found our building on it! I’m not sure when it was made, but it was pre September 11th. This was definitely my favorite part. They even had mini planes landing and taking off from LaGuardia via fishing lines.
For dinner? We thought Flushing would be a great place to grab a bite of pizza, but apparently Flushing is a larger form of Chinatown? We were overwhelmed. So we went back to our favorite neighborhood pizza. Nick’s.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but it has been really cold here. Basically the weekends became a game of how can we avoid going outside at all and move that space heater closer! Now that it has finally reached normal-human-exhistance temperatures we are outside come rain or shine. Two weekends ago it was “come rain”. We thought the Transit Museum in Brooklyn was a good thing to check off our list.
We took the subway to a museum about the subway. You enter the museum like you would a subway stop. It was looking a little lame at first….I thought I was going to really be annoyed that I spent $7 to look at an old abandoned subway station. Then! Downstairs they had all the cars lined up on the platform with a plaque explaining the year each car was used. SO COOL! 1930s era was my favorite. (Photo of Daniel in one above.)
The designs were so great. GREEN paint with WICKER seats?! Totally on trend. All the vintage ads were really great too. Though, I can’t imagine riding those babies with only fans to cool me. And in stockings?! Nuh uh.
After the museum we headed over to the famous Gramaldi’s. The rain seemed to keep the crowds away. Usually this place has a line out the door. Best pizza in the city so far. I am still dreaming about it. And still kicking myself for not ordering a cannoli. Guess we will just have to go back.
Daniel and I took a Valentine’s Day weekend trip to DC a few weeks ago and it was fantastic. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the city. I pictured it similar to NYC, but obviously smaller and more spread out. It was very different. We stayed in the adorable Fairfax hotel by DuPont Circle. It is where Hilary Clinton kicked off her 2008 campaign. Holla!
First day we conquered Capitol Hill. We did the tour of the Capitol Building, Library of Congress, Air and Space museum, the American History museum, White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Monument. The Capitol Building was so beautiful. Our tour guide told us how George Washington was supposed be in buried in a crypt in the center of a room and the floor above it would have a glass circle where you could look down and see. But Mr. Washington put in his will that he wanted to be buried in Mt. Vernon. He didn’t want to be idolized or worshiped. So instead they painted him in a mural in the Capitol rotunda as a god with angels around him. I have a feeling he wouldn’t have liked that either.
Second day we walked around Georgetown. This place was idyllic even in the winter. Georgetown campus was gorgeous and all the houses were so adorable I looked online to see if we could afford one. We can’t.
The third day was President’s day and we decided to visit George Washington’s estate in Mount Vernon. This place wasn’t being taken care of until a women’s organization bought it and ran it as a museum. They have done a great job with the land and the theming. All the volunteers were dressed in appropriate clothing and the museums were really well done. When the government shut down they were the only place open in town. Take that!
It was a quick trip, but I was amazed over and over again with how CLEAN this city was. I’ve heard NYC is the dirtiest city on the east coast, but you don’t realize how dirty until you go outside of it. Daniel and I are trying to decide on what our next step will be in life and DC, you really surprised me and kinda stole my heart.