GOOD THAI FOOD AT ABSOLUTE THAI RESTAURANT

When I come to DC, the first thing I want to do is check and see what restaurants are close by.

Usually, I go to restaurants that’s recommended by friends or family who live in the area.

This time, I wanted to try a different restaurant.

I was really wishing and hoping for one of my favorite foods, Thai , and I was hoping with as many different type of restaurants that DC has, I’d be able to find at least one Thai restaurant in the area where I was going.

Enter Absolute Thai Restaurant at 541 G Street, right across the street from the Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Wizards basketball team and the Washington Capitals hockey team.

(Could the Sports Diva be any luckier since I was taking pictures of the Capital One Arena?)

The restaurant is easy to get to by Metro.

Since it’s at the Gallery Place Chinatown station , just follow the signs to the arena.

But then it gets tricky.

You’re on 7th and G street, but you have to walk around Capital One Arena to get to the lower numbers of G Street.

Or you can do what I did. Walk through the alleyway of Gallery Place.

You’ll see the restaurant, which is small.

Now what about the food?

I had my favorite food to have whenever I go to a Thai restaurant.

Penang Curry with beef and Jasmine rice.

I started off with Chicken Satay with red onion and cucumber salad and peanut sauce which I gobbled down like it was my last meal or something.

As for the Penang Curry, it was enough for 2 or more people to share.

It was so good and not too spicy, just the way I like it.

Of course I had to have some Thai Ice Tea to go with it, even if it was cold outside.

All of this came to $30 or so, not including tip, which I was happy to give because the waitresses were so friendly and helpful.

This restaurant isn’t expensive at all even though they’re that close to the arena.

I would definitely go again, but next time no appetizer, just my delicious and mouth watering Penang Curry.

EMBASSY TOUR PART 4

The last time I did an embassy tour in Washington DC was in August of this year.

I visited some on New Hampshire Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, the area known as Embassy Row near Dupont Circle.

This time I went deeper into Embassy Row, right on Massachusetts Avenue, which seems to go on forever.

There are so many embassies on this avenue that I had to rest and sit down right in front of the Embassy of Indonesia, which is one of the most beautiful embassy buildings in the city.

As most of the embassies on the avenue are European countries and part of the European Union, you’ll not only see the flag of the country, but also the flag of the European Union flying next to it.

Some countries embassies are next to each other, as in the case of Cameroon and Sudan and Paraguay and Turkmenistan, although there’s a big sign on the embassy of Turkmenistan about surveillance cameras being around.

Given what I know about Turkmenistan, you didn’t need to tell the Sports Diva NOT to take pictures of this embassy.

I took as many pictures as I could because I was getting tired , and besides there was an afternoon hockey game I was rushing back to see.

Blog or no blog post, you can’t say the Sports Diva doesn’t have her priorities in order.

Embassy of the Republic of Ireland
Embassy of Greece
Embassy of the Duchy of Luxembourg
Embassy of Peru
Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Embassy of Portugal
Embassy of India with the statue of Mahatma Gandhi across the street
Two African embassies for the price of one. Cameroon and Sudan
Embassy of Indonesia and the garden donated to the United States from Indonesia
There’s also embassies on Connecticut Ave also but I was just concentrating on the many embassies on Massachusetts Avenue

PICTURES OF OTHER MONUMENTS AND STATUES IN WASHINGTON DC

Washington DC is chock full of memorials, monuments and statues that many tourists aren’t aware of.

I discovered some of these monuments while walking around town Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoon.

These are pictures of the Naval Museum, the Grand Army of the Republic statue at the Grand Army Plaza commemorating the Indiana Regiment who defended Washington from Confederate attacks .

There is also a picture of the District of Columbia World War I Memorial and finally the statue of Tomas Masaryk, founder of Czechoslovakia now the Czech Republic.

A WALK AROUND FREEDOM PLAZA

A few blocks away from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue and Ron Brown Way is a park called Freedom Plaza.

It was commemorated in 1980 and sits across from the famous Willard Hotel where Doctor Martin Luther King wrote his “I Have A Dream” speech, hence the name Freedom Plaza.

Freedom Plaza isn’t your typical park.

There’s no benches, swings etc.

Instead you’ll find plenty of people on their skateboards, as this has become a place where skateboarders try their newest moves.

You will also see the story of the great seal of the United States right in the middle of the plaza.

PICTURES FROM THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL

Next to the Korean War Memorial, United States Marine Corps Statue, aka the Iwo Jima statue, and now the World War I Memorial, this memorial is one of my favorites in DC, and one that I never get tired of visiting.

It’s the National World War II Memorial and it’s also on the National Mall, halfway between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

The reflecting pool separates it from the Lincoln Memorial.

Right by this memorial is the newest museum on the mall, the ever popular and always crowded National Museum of African American History.

Enjoy the pictures of this memorial, and you’ll understand why it’s one of my favorites, and apparently a lot of other tourists who visit Washington DC.

A QUIET GARDEN OUTSIDE OF A MUSEUM

While looking for the Dwight D Eisenhower Memorial a few days ago, I walked around the National Museum of the American Indian.

Like most of the museums in town, this museum, which is part of the Smithsonian, doesn’t open until 10am.

Even though it was cold, I still walked around it, and came to a little garden outside of it.

It was so peaceful and a place to reflect as are most places in town.

This garden wasn’t just any garden, it was actually part of another memorial.

It was called the Native American Veterans Memorial.

As the name says, it’s dedicated to the Native American soldiers who fought for and continue to fight and die for the United States.

As one whose family are part Cherokee on my mother’s side and who had relatives who were veterans, I say, thank you for your service.

PICTURES OF THE WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL PART 1

This memorial, which is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the White House, is one that many people don’t know about.

As many 30 Plus Teams Tours of Washington DC that I’ve done, I wasn’t aware of this memorial.

It’s not as well known as the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall, but it’s just as moving, maybe even more so.

The post will be in two parts so that you can see just how beautiful this memorial is.

ANOTHER MEMORIAL TO VISIT IN DC

After I fixed my suitcase problem, it was time to head on down to my next 30 Plus Teams Tour, Washington DC.

Since I got in late on that Tuesday before Thanksgiving here in the United States, I decided to start my sightseeing on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve.

I wanted to see a new memorial that I had heard about but didn’t get to see in August, the Dwight David Eisenhower Memorial.

Like many of the memorials and monuments in town, this one is located on the National Mall.

But once I got off the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, I couldn’t find it.

I saw the National Space Museum and the Museum of the American Indian but no Eisenhower Memorial.

I even saw those two buildings that seem to dominate the skyline of the city, the Washington Monument and the United States Capitol Building, but no sign of the Eisenhower Memorial.

I really wanted to see this one as he wasn’t only a general in World War II, but he was the president the year I was born.

(Yeah the Sports Diva is old, don’t judge peeps!)

Because I was hungry and tired after all that walking, I decided to just wait until “Black Friday” and try it again.

Braving temperatures of 29 degrees Fahrenheit but feeling colder, I decided to try it again, this time with address in hand.

As I got off the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, and followed Independence Avenue, I once again saw the National Space Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian, but this time I saw statues.

One of which I had seen in my American History books.

I was at the memorial finally and it was right next door to the Space Museum.

So how did I miss this?

Right in front is a statue of a young farm boy just gazing into the horizon.

It’s the future president as a young boy growing up in Abilene, Kansas.

The memorial not only shows him as president, but talking to his troops in World War II.

This is the picture I remember from American History class, and I was glad I was able to see this memorial up close and personal.

NEVER FORGET 20 YEARS LATER SEPTEMBER 11.

It’s been 20 years since those planes slammed into the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and that field in Pennsylvania, but many of us here in the United States will never forget.

If you ever do a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC or New York City, I would ask that you take a trip down to the 9-11 Memorial or The Pentagon.

Visit One World Observatory, which is where the Twin Towers once stood.

I would ask one thing of you all though.

Please be respectful. These are tourist attractions, but remember, people died here as well.