After I sent in The Banh Mi Handbook manuscript, my husband and I practically ran out of town for a much needed vacation. It’s been years since we traveled with a loose itinerary. He’d just finished a massive work-related report so we were in the same boat, ready to paddle as fast as we could to escape the daily. Our plan was to visit national monuments and historic Civil War sites in and around Washington, DC.
Why? In the late 1990s, I edited a collection of short biographies on the American presidents and my husband is a political scientist. We’re geeks. Plus, many of the DC sites are FREE. American tax payers have paid for everyone’s admission! We packed light and took a red-eye to the East Coast.
There are many wonderful things to see in Washington, DC, including Julia Child’s kitchen, the Wrights brothers’ flyer from their groundbreaking flight at Kitty Hawk, and buildings such as the Capitol and Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). I’d heard a lot about DC restaurants being up and coming. Naturally, we tried as many as we could. Here’s a recap.