Fall Adventures in New York & Washington DC

Helloooooo, friends and Happy October – I say this because, if you haven’t noticed, I have been in a “what is blogging anyway” mood for the past month and have completely neglected this little site! It happens.

My sister visited me this weekend so I put together some of my favorite pictures from her trip. I took the day off on Friday to show her around DC before heading off to New York, which is just a cheap, 4 hour bus ride away (we purchased our tickets from Greyhound).

New York was awesome, yet rainy and cold, and I’m sure living in New York is much different than visiting it, but I think I’ll stick with my city – my much cleaner, less crowded, easier-to-get-around city. The only thing DC is missing, in my humble opinion, is Central Park. I wish everywhere were Central Park.

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetThe very first thing we did was visit Arlington Cemetery, which is the US military cemetery where my Grandpa was buried before I got the chance to meet him. Each time we’ve been in DC as a family we’ve visited him (and braved the mutant mosquitos that never fail to attack). Arlington is a sweet place to visit even if you don’t have anyone to visit –  JFK’s gravesite is there and so is Robert E. Lee’s house, which is actually pretty cool.

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset^^He’s got a pretty good view, right?

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb1 preset^^Tourist or local?

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb1 presetFrom my photos it might seem like I spend most of my time at the Lincoln Memorial and never go anywhere else in the city, which might be true because why would I? Just look at it. But this time we wandered to the very corner of the memorial which ended up being my favorite part of the day because we had a little piece of the Lincoln Memorial all to ourselves and that view is just !!!.

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset^^Just a couple with their matching triplets…

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetAfter being tourists, we walked over to Georgetown and made two cupcake stops because that’s what you do in Georgetown, and then called it a night because a 7AM bus ride to New York means a 5:45AM alarm clock.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset^^11AM arrival in NYC. First things first. Pizza. & a friendly reminder that some places still are cash only.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset^^Times Square, also known as my worst nightmare.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb2 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset^^Mmk mmk here is the first place we stopped in Central Park, Sheep Meadow, and can I just say that I would have been perfectly happy walking around Central Park all weekend long? Honestly though if you want to know exactly what my heaven looks like, keep scrolling.

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Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset^^Bethesda Fountain, Central Park.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset^^Bow Bridge, Central Park

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset^^Blue cheese chips (important to include)

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset^^Lunch @ The Smith (thanks Devon).

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetDid I mention we couldn’t check in to the Airbnb we were staying in all the way in Hoboken, NJ until 6PM, so everything we wanted to pack, we would have to carry with us the entire day, and the one thing I chose to sacrificially leave behind was an umbrella, and it started to rain around 3PM and did not stop until we left at 2PM the next day?

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset^^ Since we felt like we hadn’t consumed enough dairy already with the pizza, mac & cheese, blue cheese chips, etc., we got some Cereal Milk Freeze at MomofukuProcessed with VSCO with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb1 preset^^Even though it was pouring by the time the sun went down, we made our last stop at the 9/11 memorial pools. Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset^^Aaaaall the way across the Hudson River in Hoboken, NJ, which, turns out, is pretty cute.

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset^^ Breakfast @ The Little Owl. I was so content sitting by the window in that tiny cafe on a rainy day as they…yes it gets better..played all the best songs on Lemonade. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

After breakfast we literally took refuge in a Starbucks until it was time for our bus to head back to DC because it was freezing and rainy, so we’ll see how I do once the snow shows up.

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Ending here, with some fall greetings from these cute porches I fell in love with on our stroll around Capitol Hill. I am happy to be back, DC<3

bymariefrances_black

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