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.

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.

CHECKING OUT THE NEW PENNSYLVANIA STATION IN NEW YORK CITY.

Normally I take a bus from Port Authority bus station on 41st Street and 8th Avenue in New York City when I go to either Washington DC, Boston, Baltimore, or even Pittsburgh to do a 30 Plus Teams Tour.

This time I decided to take Amtrak because the fares were so low.

Leaving from Amtrak would mean I would have to go either through Penn Station at 33rd Street from the Long Island Railroad or E train if I took the subway from Queens.

Not any more.

As of January 1, 2021, the long awaited new Pennsylvania Station opened up

Its official name is the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall and it’s a work of art, no lie.

It was named for the late New York senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Now for some of you who weren’t born in New York City or just moved here in the past few years, the station may not look that spectacular to you.

But to those of us who remember the old Penn Station, the crowds, the filth, this station is beautiful.

It’s also very convenient if, like me, you’re coming from Queens or Long Island on the Long Island Railroad.

Amtrak trains not only leave from here, but so does the Long Island Railroad.

So when I got off the Long Island Railroad train from Locust Manor, I followed the signs to the escalator to the station.

I didn’t even have to go outside.

The station is located in the old James Foley Post Office on 33rd and 8th Avenue.

The post office is still there, not just as big.

The old Penn Station not only had Long Island Railroad trains, but the subway, Amtrak and New Jersey transit trains.

Now, the New Jersey Transit trains just leave from the old Penn Station, which is still across the street, underneath Madison Square Garden.

However, if your Amtrak train gets in after midnight, sorry, the new Penn Station is closed.

Your train will go to the old Penn Station.

My only complaint with the new Penn Station is the tracks for the Long Island Railroad trains aren’t close to the Amtrak trains.

Coming back from Washington DC, my FLIX Bus stopped next door.

I had to run to catch a 6:45pm train which left from track 18.

Track 18 WASN’T on the main floor.

Needless to say the Sports Diva wasn’t a happy camper being a real New Yorker, running through a terminal to catch a train that was leaving in 10 minutes, loaded down with a purse and a carry-on suitcase.

There are no escalators going down just a ramp and stairs.

(I made my train, by the way)

What I love about this terminal is that you can’t loiter if you don’t have a ticket, and there’s enough security to make sure that happens.

All in all, if the fares are good, I will take Amtrak and enjoy going through the new Penn Station in New York City.

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