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Had an amazing time in D.C. We were only there for three days so it was a bit of a whirlwind. I won’t bore you with most of the details but here are some of the highlights.

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We did the usual monuments, the Capitol (the rotunda was closed though) but the Holocaust Museum really left a mark. It was extremely powerful and laid out in a magnificent manner. I almost didn’t put this on the itinerary because we were in D.C. such a short time that I didn’t want to add something this depressing, but it made an emotional impact and I’m glad that we did it.

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Shrimp and grits from Founding Farmers

Thanks to everyone who suggested Founding Farmers. The food was delicious with a lot of flavors. I would have gone back but we were only there for three days and I hate trying the same restaurant twice on the same trip. The other restaurant we tried and really enjoyed was Old Ebbitt’s Grill. Good food, not too expensive and really good ambience. It was also packed to the gills. Definitely make a reservation if you want to go.

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Nestled in the basement of the Hay-Adams Hotel near the White House is a wonderful lounge called Off The Record which we discovered from Yelp when the bar we were at was kind of dead. They made great cocktails (pictured above is their daiquiri), and perfect little snacks to go along with it. Highly recommend.

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And now, much like the glass above, vacation is over. I guess we have a lot to cover. Alright, let’s begin.

Bundle Packing For Wrinkle Free Clothes

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Photo from http://dianstimpanalley.blogspot.com/2012/07/hair-cut.html

Going to try this. It’s either genius or I’m going to look like this after unpacking.

Update:

So not that much ironing was involved. It’s not a bad method except my t shirts were all in the center so I had to unwrap everything to get to them. Next time I would leave at least one on the outside. 

Question of the Day

I’m off to Washington D.C. tomorrow with very little planning. Does anybody have good restaurant suggestions? Any other advice would be appreciated.

I’ll update the blog with some pictures. Or at the very least, Instagram, which is now showing on the sidebar.

Venice’s Libreria Acqua Alta: The Most Beautiful Book Shop in the World

I’m not sure I agree that it’s the most beautiful but it does have its charm:

For those who love to read, there’s something incredibly enticing about an independent book shop. Especially if it’s full of cosy nooks and crannies and deliciously old paper smells, and there doesn’t appear to be any logical order to the chaos that lies within. Throw in a beautiful water-side location and plenty of unusual characteristics, and you’ve probably got a solid contender for the world’s most beautiful book shop.

That’s certainly what the handwritten sign exclaims outside the Libreria Acqua Alta in Italy’s stunning Venice. Its name translates as “High Water Bookstore” and its entrance lies on one of the city’s most famous canals.

With stacks of books covering every possible surface, including a full-size gondola and old bathtubs, it’s an establishment that tries to use objects which have a connection to water – adding to the shop’s quirky identity. What’s even more charming is that old unsaleable books, like outdated encyclopaedias, have literally become part of the building, acting as walls and steps where necessary.

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A collection of the best (meaning the funniest, craziest… Basically the stuff we want to see on this blog) reviews from TripAdvisor:

our first night sitting on the outside pool area having a drink and unwinding from our travel, we got spewed upon from someone in their balcony – lucky2659
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You should only go if you like butterflies and want to see them up close. Otherwise a real waste of time and money. – Dave D

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The new manager walked into me and my wife’s room at 11:30PM without knocking. THEN, we stayed again with our pretty female employee’s in the next two rooms. He walked in their rooms while they were showering. THERE IS A PATTERN HERE. This motel has made 1000’s of my dollars in the past. I will never stay here again with the new people managing it. – 781Jimmy