Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Monuments

We thought sunday night would be a great time to go see all the monuments. I've seen pictures of the monuments before but they were truly impressive and beautiful in person.
The Jefferson Memorial and the ghost of Harris. Yes, we did that on purpose. We're artsy.
This building was truly impressive. The quotes on the walls were very inspiring. I had to be careful, I was on the verge of wanting to change my major to Political Science. Its no wonder that Harris is.
Its a bit blurry, but he's still cute.
A founding father and me
On the steps
Later we went to the Lincoln Memorial. This was beautiful. Quick story, we asked a man to take a picture for us in front of Lincoln. He was clearly the right man for the job cause when we looked at the picture after, it was us and Lincoln's legs. But it was a good picture of us, so I cropped it and now its just a picture of us with a ton of people looking at something in the background.
We had someone else take a picture who was a little more in the loop with stranger/ photo etiquette.
If you click on this picture and look closely, the words, "I have a dream" are carved into this step. This is where he stood when MLK gave the speech. Very cool.
Lincoln Memorial
My favorite picture of the whole trip!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sunday in DC

On sunday, Harris took me to on a drive around Bethesda. We saw some of the big houses in the area. This house was $25 million and all the materials were imported from Italy. It was huge. It looked like The Bachelor house to me.
the view from the bottom of the drive way
This is rumored to be Michael Jordan's home. This was as much of a picture I could get.
After we did the house tour, (We also saw Mike Tyson's house) we went to see the temple. It was absolutely beautiful.
Hello handsome.
It was a little bigger than I thought it was going to be.
We took a walk around the grounds and Harris took lots of pictures of the temple, the flowers and the wildlife.
We found a wild turtle! The only turtles I've ever seen in the wild were sea turtles. He was cute.

Harris kept trying to sneak up on this deer to take a picture of her, but she kept running away. So I just stood still and got this shot. She liked me better. :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

HELLO Brooklyn!

Our second day in New York began in Brooklyn. We walked from Clayton's house to the subway station.
We took the subway to Manhattan.
Once we got to Manhattan, we took a stroll down fifth avenue. Of course, out of all the shops which store did I get most excited to see?
We made a friend outside of Rockefeller Plaza.
Yes, those are windshield wipers on his glasses.
Oh, 30 Rock.
We went to the top of the Rock, all seventy stories up.
The view from the top
Central Park
The Empire State
Harris and New York.
Carnegie Hall
Columbus Circle (I took this picture from the top of the Mandarin Oriental.)
This place was called, "The Burger Joint." Its inside a really fancy hotel and you would never know its there unless someone took you there. Harris and I got burgers to go for lunch and it was really good.
We ate our lunch in Central Park. Central Park was my favorite. It was so pretty and there was so much to see. This guy played the saxophone for us while we ate on top of a boulder.
My favorite thing about Central Park is that there are hundreds of trees around you and then you look up and see these huge buildings. I never thought buildings could be pretty until I came to New York.

If anyone has seen 27 dresses, this is the boat house where Katherine Heigl's character wants to have her wedding reception.
Pretty arches.
After Central Park, we had to take a cab to Madison Square Garden to catch our bus back to DC. While we waited, I took pictures of Harris. :)
I loved New York and I had such a great time. Harris was such a good sport/tour guide and let me do all the touristy New York things I wanted, like get a hot dog from a street vendor (which I forgot to add to the post, but just imagine me holding a hot dog and there you have it). I can't wait to go back one day.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Let's hear it for New York

For those of you who don't know, last week I got to go to Washington DC to visit Harris and we took a little trip to New York! It was so much fun. We took a bus from DC and we were dropped off at Penn station in front of Madison square garden. I was a little overwhelmed, but got over it.

Harris and I on the subway
A restaurant we found

Harris' brother Clayton gave me a walking tour of Manhattan. He took us to this place in Chelsea called the High Line. It was an abandon metro track that they turned into a boardwalk/ garden kind of thing. It was beautiful and Harris loved it.

In Soho, waiting for Clayton (Harris' brother) to get off work. Notice my sunglasses, those were the only things i bought in the city and I didn't even buy them. I left my sunglasses at home so Harris got a pair off the street for $3. They worked and I liked them.
We went to Battery Park. You can't see it, but thats the statue of liberty in between our heads.

More of the High Line.

Me and Clayton
We liked these townhouses. We thought they looked like the apartment from Hitch.
This is Harris with his three month old nephew/godson Penn at dinner. He was very cute. Penn was biting Harris' thumb pretty hard in this picture.
We liked the design of this restaurant. Turns out this is the restaurant of a famous chef. We did not know that when we took this picture.

We finished our very busy day off in Times Square.

We then took a cab to Brooklyn where we stayed with Clayton and his wife Rebecca.