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A Bit of D.C. Sightseeing

August 5, 2013

This weekend’s weather was a sparkling gem during what should have been the hottest weeks of the year. The temperature dropped and it was in the low 80’s and sunny all weekend. It was the perfect weekend for sightseeing, which is what we did.

1. We saw the original house owned by Mary Surratt, co-conspirator in the Lincoln assassination. If you don’t know who she is, watch this movie or go check out the Surratt House in Maryland.  I’m normally bored on tours but the tour guide was a gifted story-teller and made this very tangled corner of history come alive.

There are no pictures because I was so fascinated that I forgot to take out my camera. (Also, when you visit, don’t expect the tour guides to give you their opinion of Mary’s guilt or innocence. The Surratt House has no official position on her conviction. So mysterious.)

2. Fort Washington was the 2nd stop on our journey. Located across the Potomac River from Mt. Vernon, this fort’s size and architecture is rather splendid. If you are looking for a unique photo-shoot location in the D.C. area, you should head down there. The huge wooden doors and brick walls create some really unique backdrops.

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Isn’t that wood beautiful?

3. National Harbor’s Capital Teas was a lovely boutique tea store with an Alice in Wonderland theme. I felt like I was in Disneyland.

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I wanted to buy all of the books. All at once. And the grape-fruit flavored tea. [Update: I still want these books. If you do too, purchase The New Tea Companion and Taking Tea with Alice. The one for Children no longer appears to be in print.)



I had no idea that so many smells could be contained in tea. There was cinnamon, orange, hibiscus . . . even watermelon. The watermelon was a little strange, though.

4. And I crossed an item off of my D.C. bucket list when we finally visited the Peep, Inc. store.

So if you don’t have plans for next weekend, now you know where to go.

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