Saturday, April 17, 2010

Just A Typical Day in Washington…

So we got a phone call last night from a friend of ours inviting us to join him touring the White House grounds and gardens this afternoon.  This sounded like a total snore, but we didn’t want to be rude, so we obliged.  And of course, the weather is terrible and DC is such an ugly place to be this time of year, we really had to be reeled into going… [Read: Sign me up!] 

We’ve toured the interior before, but never walked the grounds, so we were excited. [Tourist tip: if you toured the interior in 8th grade, it’s still the same thing—I’d spend my time and energy elsewhere. Unless you pull strings for a West Wing tour or get in at Christmas—that’s worth it. They open up the grounds in the spring and fall, and I think they’re worth a visit.]

So we met for brunch (Tunnicliff’s, where else?) and then headed over to the presidential palace.  A military band was set up on the grounds and the tour was self-guided, so you just moseyed around at your own pace.  It was absolutely beautiful today—a perfect, breezy 65 degrees, so it was great to just walk around and be outside.

Enjoy some of the pictures!

04 17 10_2756The fountain on the South Lawn (the one you see in front of the house when you stand behind the gates on Pennsylvania Ave).04 17 10_2760b04 17 10_2750 The new vegetable garden.04 17 10_2730bThe view from the South Lawn—what the Obamas see from the Truman balcony.04 17 10_273304 17 10_2727The Truman balcony.04 17 10_2734bThe rose garden is behind us (where they conduct a lot of the press conferences) as well as the West Wing, and the Oval Office is to the left.04 17 10_2768b04 17 10_2772 04 17 10_2776Rotate this 180 degrees and it turns the tennis courts into basketball courts.04 17 10_2778The playground set that sits right outside of the Oval Office.  Pretty cute.04 17 10_2779The Oval Office—this is the window directly behind the President’s desk.04 17 10_2740The Old Executive Office Building—this sits next to the WH and houses the VP’s ceremonial office.04 17 10_2753Do NOT step on the grass.04 17 10_2786   Our friend Adrian, who was kind of enough to invite us and let us tag along.

Happy Saturday! Have a great weekend!

5 comments:

Heather said...

This is so cool!! I wish my yard looked half this good!! You got some great pictures, I love the flowers! SO neat you got to do this!

heather ryan morse said...

how cool is that?! love the pictures and love that I know someone that got to do that :) makes me feel famous ;)

Adam, April & Aidan said...

Great pictures! You look so nice and springy (made up word). I am thinking about duplicating the playground in my backyard for Aidan. I mean who cares if there is no space left afterwards. Right?

Abbie said...

Kate! Those pictures are awesome! I have to admit that I'm totally jealous...being the history dork that I am, touring the White House would be like the highlight of my life!

On a side note, I love your necklace! Is it a Tiffany's key??

Kathryn said...

Oh, Abbie. Girl, you made my day asking if that was a Tiffany's key! Stay tuned for my post this week on crazy jewelry finds... :)