Washington D.C. has a diverse population and my husband and I were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to join the throng of spectators gathering to watch a Hispanic parade. We bicycled to the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History to begin our tours of some of the wonderful and free of charge (kinda…taxpayers pay for it) Museums. As we walked along National Mall, we passed people gathered in groups, putting makeup on and making last minute adjustments to costumes, preparing for the parade along Constitution Avenue. The mood was festive and the costumes colorful!
George Washington’s former plantation, Mount Vernon, offers a variety of interesting and historical sites for all ages! After touring the Mansion and gardens, my husband and I stopped at one of the outbuildings on the grounds where a woman portrays Martha Washington and stays in character, answering questions from the crowd. She was very entertaining and knowledgeable!
At one point in time, there were 316 slaves living at Mount Vernon. They were freed after George Washington’s death, which he directed in his Last Will and Testament.
We got a late start today…left the rental at 9:45am…had breakfast in Santa Fe at the Zia Diner…nice place…good food! We parked in the free public parking lot situated about 4 blocks away from the “plaza”. The native Indians sell their jewelry/pottery under the portal of the Palace of the Governors Museum. Since I’ve adopted the mind-set of “Collect Experiences…Not Things”, I was a good girl and only bought a shirt and some essential oil lotion on the trip!
This is the oldest house in Santa Fe…we took about 5 minutes and walked through it.
I went into this Cathedral…
There are some outdoor statutes and galleries around the plaza area…
This is the work of Bill Worrell…
a local artist that my traveling companion, Kathy, is friends with. They are his signature “Shamans”!
We were invited to John Farnsworth’s house/studio. We met online through my blog, which I think is pretty cool! He’s also a local artist, who has a great spirit and personality! His home was located only about 5 minutes from where we were staying.
That evening we went dancing at La Fonda…I wasn’t feeling great…probably the drinks in Durango the night before…and the altitude!