Flying to Washington, DC
Washington, DC - A
car arrived at our house at 4a to take us to the airport! EARLY! We had
a nice, uneventful flight to Dallas-Ft. Worth (Okay, no nasty comments about
our route - we were flying on frequent flyer miles, first-class and FREE OF
CHARGE!) The flight from DFW to DCA was more interesting. We were waiting at
the gate and just before boarding, they made us clear the area. Uniformed
National Guard soldiers come in (M16's in hand) and searched through the
waiting area. We were let back into the lounge area after showing boarding
passes and photo ID. We had to show photo ID AGAIN to board the plane and
our bags were randomly searched. Thirty minutes before landing into Reagan
National, no one is allowed to leave their seat. There was a U.S. Marshall
on the flight, but of course we had no idea who s/he was, or where they were
We arrived into Washington, nearly exactly along the usual flight pattern,
with nice views of Lisa's apartment building, (Columbia Plaza, which she
calls "Columbia Projects) The Watergate Complex, the Kennedy Center and then
a view east along the Mall to the Capitol Building. The Pentagon has two
huge cranes towering over the reconstruction. It was a beautiful, sunny and
clear afternoon in Our Nations Capital.
Lisa met us at our hotel - we have a nice suite at The Watergate with a view
over the Potomac River. We waited for our bags, complimentary fruit
delivery, etc., and visited with Lisa, whom we had not seen for TEN DAYS!
Paula (of our latest cruise fame) met us in the lobby for a drink and then
the four of us went to Georgetown for a nice Italian dinner.
We had to wait about 45 minutes for a table - we just walked-in with no
reservations to a very popular restaurant - so we caught-up with the girls
in the lounge/waiting area.
Filomena Ristorante was a hoppin' place! They
have a display "room" in a front window with two women, the "Pasta Mamas",
turning out hundreds of ravioli, gnocchi, etc. I had spinach ravioli -
wonderful, plump pillows. Delicious.
That is all for my report tonight - we are going to bed and the girls are
going to a Sorority/Fraternity "mixer" with fraternities from the University
of Maryland. I guess they are bored with the GW boys.