It was a cold when we arrived DC at exactly 8:45 in the morning. My sister dropped me off near the Dupont Circle and she went straight to work while I headed towards the Embassy of Qatar to get my certified marriage certificate. Finally, I am sending that very important document over to the husband in Doha. That’s one task lifted off my shoulder. I had nowhere to go afterwards so I decided to take my time and enjoy the beautiful weather and the surroundings of an autumn in DC.
Autumn seems to be the favorite season of many and I can understand why, it makes everything more beautiful. It’s amazing how dying trees can bring so much life to a place, the irony of it. I passed by the Old Stone House which is the oldest standing building in Washington DC. It was closed at the time so I just had a quick rest by its beautiful garden.
From here I walked towards the Dumbarton Museum which, as luck would have it, was also closed during Mondays. Why is everything closed on Mondays? It’s supposed to be the start of the week, yes? Anyway with a slight disappointment as I really wanted to see the Dumbarton museum, I just walked around Georgetown some more and passed by beautifully decorated houses for the Halloween. Some people just really get into this occasion which I think is really awesome.
I was already near my sister’s office by the time I finished exploring this side of DC so I decided to pass by the Washington National Cathedral which I have been meaning to see for the longest time. I love old architecture and design specially of old cathedrals. I have always been fascinated by the old churches in Europe and this was the first cathedral I’ve visited in the USA which clearly made a mark as one of the beautiful churches I’ve visited. The exterior of the Washington National Cathedral is somehow similar to the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon, France. It transported me back to the wonderful solo travel that I’ve done across France 2 years ago.
I missed the guided tour by 10 minutes so I went on a self-guided tour. The USD10 entrance fee includes a brochure so it was quite easy for me to navigate my ways around the cathedral. As expected, the artistry inside was remarkable.
There was a gift shop inside the cathedral where I bought some post cards. Afterwards, I went towards the Bishop’s Garden just outside of the church and sat at one of the benches to give my tired feet a break. At this point in time, I’ve been walking for 3 hours straight.
After finishing a chapter of the book I’m reading, I went to Al Dente Ristorante in New Mexico Ave for lunch. I had an amazing romaine salad with grilled shrimp for lunch and a glass of moscato. I met my sister after the hearty meal.
It was a great day! Autumn is definitely my favorite season too. 🙂
All photos are taken using an iphone5.