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Back to DC last weekend. My adventure started on the corner of G Street and 9th NW at one of my favorite modern buildings. Not only is it the DC central public library and named for an honorable American (Martin Luther King, Jr.), it was also designed by Mies van der Rohe. Construction was completed in 1972, and I read in the Washington Post and on other websites about repairs to come soon.
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From there it was over to the Downtown Holiday Market, where there were hand crafts such as fiber art, jewelry, and wood carvings. There were some culinary crafts (yum!) known by their aroma and a small stage for fantastic jazz music. I snapped two pictures before walking back to the metro stop. Loved the colors!
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Next stop was Foggy Bottom and GWU. From there I walked by beautiful town houses, and I liked this one particularly since it was a color I did not see very often. And even though still somewhat true to the history of the house, I appreciate the way it had been “streamlined” a little in design.
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After I crossed the bridge into Georgetown, I stopped at Das Ethiopian, a restaurant known by vegans as a marvelous stop for vegetable dishes. I ordered the Ethiopian Harvest Vegetable Specialties, which was served with bread. I had never tried Ethiopian fare before, and I envied everyone there with friends enjoying a meal together, but I knew when I walked in I would be alone (well, duh), and I wanted to try it anyway. So glad I did! I began to fill up way too soon – using too much bread, I think, to pick up my food. So I gave in and used a fork to complete my meal, or I would have needed to leave way too many scrumptious vegetables! Next time (and there will definitely be a next time!), I will practice right away with smaller pieces of bread. I have friends that like Ethiopian food, but none were available that day to meet me there. Next time – I’ll plan way ahead!
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Continued my walk and enjoyed all around me
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So ready for Christmas! It’s hard to tell in this photo, but this lantern is a gas lamp. So lovely on a cold afternoon!
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Never before had I actually seen “in-person” one of these leg lamps with the fringed shade. But today was the day!
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Normally I would never never ever never stop to look at a bat. I’m hoping he was just sleeping and not dead. Because even though bats give me the heebi jeebies, I don’t want to see one just die from the cold. They do serve a purpose, you know.
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Then a walk through Dumbarton Oaks. This city puts effort into providing green spaces. 🙂 Yes, I got turned around twice, but I figured it out!
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After that little side walk, I passed the Center for Hellenic Studies (next to the Danish Embassy) and a grove of bamboo.
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And then the Embassy of Italy. I could not get a good angle for a photo due to the fencing around the embassy. Following is the picture I took, but there are better ones to be found on the Internet.
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Continued over to Massachusetts Avenue and the area known as Embassy Row. Several pictures of The Islamic Center
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Know nothing about this building except that I like it bunches!
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And then there these two entrances (same building) I passed on the corner of Wyoming and Connecticut NW
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From there I walked to Adams Morgan and stopped at a Starbucks for a delicious decaf latte while I warmed my hands a bit. Then on to meet fellow vegans for another lovely meal of the day. Forgot to take pictures, but that time I shared my table with others and it was much more fun! But before the meal, there was one last building – simply a whimsical end to an architecture and culinary day!
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Woke up early as usual, purchased my Starbucks coffee from one side of the hotel and a breakfast goodie from a little diner on the other side. Enjoyed it in my room while packing my backpack to return home later in the day and checking news on the Internet.

The hotel held my bag for me, and off I went to catch the subway down to a another Starbucks near Prince Street to meet someone for coffee. I got turned around at the Herald Square metro station and walked tons of extra steps, finally making it onto the right train. Enjoyed watching this little fellow ride with us
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Then it was a short tête à tête and coffee with Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY. Heard him speak at Kansas State University and found him to be creative, brilliant, and interested in everything sustainable. He told me about a new venture, R Gallery in Tribeca that I visited later in the day. Fascinating! Anyway, we chatted for a bit before he had to trek over to the R Gallery and I took off for more New York architecture and a tasty lunch! (yes, always in search of the next meal. sigh ……)

Two pictures from SoHo
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W 4th Street between Washington Square and 6th Avenue. Stopped at a wonderful restaurant recommended by my co-worker (Thanks, Dave!), Red Bamboo. A vegetarian restaurant also known for its vegan choices, I was very pleased. Don’t be fooled by the worn awning – so glad I stopped in for the veggie teriyaki!




Then there was more walking through SoHo, starting with The Golden Swan Garden nearby.



As most of you know, I love the many uses found for a tree trunk



Then there is the other side of me that likes the elegant, like this door ornament at Tiffany & Co. on Greene Street. Somehow calling it a door knob does not do it justice!
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And then just more!




No pictures from Tribeca. Not sure why (??). After visiting the R Gallery, I took off south and saw the One World Trade Center still under construction
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Old water towers always make me giggle. They just don’t seem to belong!



More mixture of old and new in lower Manhattan
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Then there is 37 Park Row that honors two great suffragettes. The building across the street (also pictured) was where they published a newspaper (the main street-level floor now housing a Starbucks).
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And my current favorite Frank Ghery building on Spruce Street – simply known as New York.
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Camera batteries gave out. Time to get my backpack and sleep on the train back home!

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Yes, more. Because I have not posted since …. well for quite some time. I must share more pictures from my September trip!

After browsing Bergdorf’s (with an unexpected sighting of Iris Apfel who seemed to also be browsing – I love me some Iris Apfel!) I passed a fascinating window design. Remember, this trip took place the week after Fashion Week. Anyway, here is the window I call NASCAR Meets High Fashion!
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Then I walked over to the Alwyn Court Building on 58th St and 7th Avenue. If it hadn’t been for the traffic I would have stood out in the middle and pretended to direct traffic! Like the fellow in the GEICO commercials. I took several pictures, but these are my favorites
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Then over to Columbus Circle to catch the subway to Chelsea. But first, watched a few street dancers (really great by the way!) and snapped my photo just as one took a spill. But as expected, he laughed, jumped right up, and kept going
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More architecture for me – one of the many beautiful row houses – never saw a door knob like this one
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And I liked the way it appeared this narrow building was just shoved into a space
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By now I was pooped and began my walk back over and up to my hotel room on 5th Avenue. I passed this Home Depot store and was thrilled! Never saw a Home Depot store that looked like this one.



Stopped in Little Eataly and saw so much beautiful food I couldn’t decide and left empty-handed. Now that is pitiful. But look at this produce!



I passed the Flat Iron Building. I know I know, there are tons of pictures out there and we don’t need another! But yeah, I took one anyway. I declare it seems as if I could just blow really hard and knock it down!
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I continued to my hotel when I and took a shower and crashed early. It’s really sad to be in New York City and retire so early. What a city! But all the walking (that I enjoy) and the energy the city inspires in me, by golly it wears me out! And all I needed was the bathroom and a bed. Very small room but was just perfect for me. Tomorrow is another day, and it will begin with the Starbucks next door. Goodnight!
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