PICTURES OF WASHINGTON DC PART TWO

Because there is so much to see in DC, places and buildings that so many, including locals don’t really know anything about, here’s more pictures of this 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC aka “The District”.

This is part of the Environmental Protection Agency. This particular building is the William Jefferson Clinton Building. Yep, that is Bill Clinton’s full name.
This is the Carnegie Library better known as the DC History Center
Walter E Washington Convention Center, many events are held here
The city of Arlington, Virginia looking across from Washington DC
No matter where you go in DC, you’ll see signs like this giving you a history of the neighborhood you’re in
The Arlington Bridge separates Virginia from Washington DC. It was built after the Civil War to unite the North and the South

PICTURES OF WASHINGTON DC PART ONE

When people do their own 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC, they visit the usual spots, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, even the Martin Luther King Memorial.

Many of them even take the Washington DC Metro even though many of us, (the Sports Diva included who visits The District quite often)don’t get the concept of swiping your Metro Card entering a station and then again EXITING a Metro Station.

These pictures are from places that’s known to tourists but mostly locals.

When doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC, aka “The District”, you might want to check out some of these places and get familiar with some of these Metro Stations.

The main terminal in DC for buses and trains. This is on the Red Line Metro
This is the station for the airport closest to Washington DC, but it’s actually in Arlington, Virginia
This is close by the Capitol building and now you’ll see a lot of skateboarders using it to try their newest moves
This station is on the Silver, Orange, and Blue Lines. You’ll find a lot of government buildings here.
The area of Arlington National Cemetery that many tourists rarely see. The Blue Line Metro can take you there

GOOD EATING IN THE WASHINGTON DC SUBURBS

It may not seem like it, but everytime I do a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere, there always seems to be food involved.

My 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC was no exception.

I met up with a friend that I haven’t seen since my last visit to DC.

When I come to DC, I let my friend, Harriet F, choose the restaurant.

The last time we met up was a restaurant in Downtown DC(and after that a Washington Capitals hockey game. If she’s a friend of the Sports Diva, you just KNOW that a sporting event is going to take place.)

This time, Harriet outdid herself and choose a restaurant in the DC suburbs, near her house.

It’s called Fontina Grill and it’s located at 301 Pleasant Drive in the city of Rockville, Maryland.

To get to the restaurant, which is in the King Farms neighborhood of Rockville, you can get off on the Red Line Metro stop of Shady Grove.

The Red Line Metro stop of Rockville is a stop before Shady Grove, but Shady Grove is an easier stop for the restaurant, and then of course you have to walk a few blocks if you don’t have a car, which we didn’t.

The cuisine is mostly Italian, with a lot of seafood thrown in.

You are in the state of Maryland, known for its seafood, so don’t be surprised to see a lot of shrimp and especially crab cakes on the menu.

When you look at the menu, you are amazed at how inexpensive this restaurant is.

(Being from New York City, I know I was.)

Even the appetizers are inexpensive and you can have just those rather than order something from the main menu.

You won’t leave the restaurant hungry, and if you do, that’s on you boo boo.

While Harriet had the Meatball Fra Diablo, which was three huge meatballs loaded with cheese, I had what is known as one of the “Fontina Favorites”, Mussels Caprese.

It’s a huge bowl of steamed mussels cooked with garlic, lemon juice, white wine and olive oil.

It was only $11.95 and it makes my mouth water still just thinking about it and how muy delicioso it was.

I was in seventh heaven when the waitress asked if I wanted a side salad with it for only $2 more.

Never one to turn down a salad, especially with a side of Raspberry Vinaigrette, as a dressing , you know I said yes.

Let me just say that the Sports Diva isn’t a big fan of garlic, but this wasn’t the type of garlic sauce that overwhelms you.

The other ingredients complimented the garlic perfectly.

If there’s ever a time that I come back to DC, and I want to go to a different restaurant with or without a friend, I’ll do a solo trip to Fontina Grill.

It’s that good.

SOME PICTURES OF MY VISIT TO GEORGETOWN

Some people know this place as the home of Georgetown University, one of the premier Catholic Colleges in the country, known mostly for three things.

The Law school, the college where the horror movie, The Exorcist, takes place and third, their basketball team, the Hoyas.

Georgetown is older than the actual city of Washington DC and is across the Key Bridge from Arlington, Virginia.

As a matter of fact, when you cross the Key Bridge, the first sign that you see isn’t welcome to Georgetown, but Welcome to Washington DC.

I had a little time to kill so I spent a little time here.

Unlike most of Washington DC, there’s no Metro train to get you to Georgetown.

The closest Metro Station would be Foggy Bottom, near George Washington University, but after you get off, you have to get your walking game on .

You can do one of three things.

1.Walk over the Key Bridge from Arlington to Georgetown.

2. Walk through Rock Creek Park this connects to the Georgetown Waterfront

3. Do like the Sports Diva did. You can take the DC Circular that takes you right into Georgetown. (There are several DC Circular routes. Look for the one that says GEORGETOWN)You can even use your Smart Card that you used for the Metro.

Enjoy this brief look at “Hoya Country”, better known as Georgetown

EMBASSY TOUR OF WASHINGTON DC PART 3

The last time I did an Embassy tour of Washington DC was in December 2019.

Yes, that was the last time I was in the place affectionately called The District.

I was all set to do an embassy walkabout on the Thursday that I was in town, but even in DC,Mother Nature had other ideas.

Like rain, lots of it.

So yesterday, August 27th, I finally got to do Part 3 of the Sports Diva’s excellent embassy tour.

Exit Stage Left Embassy Row
Consulate of Colombia
Embassy of Botswana
Embassy of Malaysia bringing back great memories of working for Malaysia Airlines in Los Angeles
Before I took a picture of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq, I definitely asked if could take a picture of the building
Embassy of Argentina
Embassy of Hungary
Embassy of Montenegro
Embassy of Belarus

A VISIT TO THEODORE ROOSEVELT ISLAND

My idea was to go to see the Marine Corps Memorial, better known as the Iwo Jima Statue at Arlington National Cemetery.

As I said, the idea was to see the Iwo Jima Statue.

It didn’t happen that way.

Instead, getting off at the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, I came across a place that I wanted to visit on one of my many trips to the Washington DC area.

It’s the Theodore Roosevelt Island right in the middle of the Potomac River and named for the United States president that was one of the first presidents who was concerned about the environment.

To get to Theodore Roosevelt Island, take the Theodore Roosevelt Trail, walk over the bridge that overlooks the Potomac and Key Highway.

Be ready to do a lot of walking, no really a LOT of walking.

Not only is there a statue of one of the tallest president’s in the country, you will see 4 big walls surrounding the statue of the president with some of his quotes on it.

Theodore Roosevelt Island is not to be confused with Roosevelt Island here in New York City, (which was named for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Teddy’s cousin)

This is a very popular trail, so don’t be surprised if you aren’t the only one on the trail, walking, jogging and many cases, riding a bike.

AUGUST TRAVEL QUOTES

Can you believe that in two days, the month of September comes in?

Where has this year and this summer gone to?

Summer is almost gone although in some places, it never really came.

Have you done any 30 Plus Teams Tours yet?

There’s still time before the summer is over and you can still do that 30 Plus Teams Tour staycation anytime you want.

Right now the Sports Diva is doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC.

As usual, let these few quotes inspire you.

RIDING ON THE AMTRAK DOWN TO DC

Normally when I travel to Boston, Philadelphia or DC, I take a bus from Port Authority, but this time I decided to do something completely different.

I’m going by Amtrak from the new Penn Station in New York at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Hall .

More about this station in an upcoming post.

I rarely took Amtrak because their fares were outrageous to put it nicely, even in coach class.

This time, I kept checking prices and discovered with my senior citizen discount, the most it would be one way was $29-69.

I could afford that and only paid $29

I was going one way on Amtrak because coming back on Sunday, even with a discount, the fares are ridiculous.

I didn’t even have to print out my ticket.

Hello e-ticket, which was right on my phone along with any information about the ride, not to mention those miles I’m going to get from signing up for Amtrak rewards.

I hadn’t been on Amtrak in years especially down to DC, so the Sports Diva was like a kid in a candy shop looking out the window for stations that I recognized like 30th Street in Philly, Newark Penn Station, Baltimore Penn Station and stops that I had no idea where they were, like the Amtrak Metropark station, which I discovered from friends who live near there , that it’s in Iselin, NJ.

When we got to DC after a delay due to switching problems at the New Carrollton, Maryland station, I realized that unlike a bus ride, I wasn’t tired.

I was very relaxed and ready to take the Washington Metro train to meet up with my family.

My train is number 93, the Northeast Regional to Norfolk
Don’t judge me. The Sports Diva and Joe must be comfortable
Even on Amtrak, just wear the damn mask my peeps
Baltimore Penn Station
Safety card from Amtrak. At the top is a quote from President Joe Biden, “we’re all in this together”
The Metropark Station in Iselin, NJ
The beautiful waters off Wilmington, Delaware
I tried to check my bag, but for trains along the Northeast Corridor, no can do
If you’re going to Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Airport, this is your station
New Carrollton Station. DC Metro trains stop here, too.
My stop on the Amtrak, Washington Union Station. Now it’s time to take the DC Metro

WHERE IS THE SPORTS DIVA GOING?

I have a 3 hour ride on Amtrak, something that I haven’t done since the 1990’s when I lived in Boston.

We just went quickly by the Secacus New Jersey Transit stop.

When I asked you to guess where was I going to now, some of you said Boston or Philadelphia.

WRONG!

I’m spending time with some presidents and my nieces and their kids and grandkids down in Washington DC.

They’ll be lots going on, so stay tuned.

WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE?

We going to try this again.

Sometimes things happen beyond your control as with the 30 Plus Teams Tour of Atlantic City that I was supposed to go on with my aunt and cousin/landlady two weeks ago.

While counting down to my next 30 Plus Teams Tour, I got sick with Allergic Rhinitis, which is a fancy schmanzy medical term for seasonal allergies.

So in my carryon bag along with hand sanitizer, face masks and Lemon scented wipes, are the two medicines that I have to take, so no wild drinking on this trip.

I’m ready this time for another 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere close by.

As usual, guesses appreciated.

I’m staying for 4 days and 5 nights this time in a place that I haven’t been in a few years, but there’s gonna be a lot of walking on those streets and a lot of history up in there, just saying.

As usual, I might not be taking everything but better to over pack than under pack.

Outfit going away
Outfit coming back
Joe and Serena are coming along too
My wigs need a suitcase too.
Two hats
Can’t go anywhere now without the packing cubes and pouches in my suitcase
Suitcase and my carryon
4 little bags because women need to change bags, just saying
It’s almost Labor Day, gotta wear these white pants asap
4 pairs of shoes including 2 pairs of sneakers cause there’s gonna be a lot of walking going on
I don’t care if it’s gonna be hot, gotta have my comfy Vegas Golden Knights throw
Shorts and two shirts. Might wear the football shirt since it’s almost football season
Gotta have some dressy pants and a shirt