Claire said:I don't know if this is still so. Many years ago, in a land far away (OK, 20 yrs ago, in DC) the very best place for lunch if you were a museum freak (and I am) was to go underground between the old art museum and the "new" one. There was an underground waterfall, a great art gift shop, but mostly a sort of "sidewalk cafe" for lack of a better word, where you could get splits of wine and plates of fruit and cheese. It was a favorite place for us. Is it still there? Is it still good? Even when I was a single woman, I'd take the subway from my apartment, spend hours with the great art, and eat cheese and fruit and have a glass of wine. I knew I'd met my soul-mate when I learned he also loved this spot.
Someone go there and tell us if it is still there! There really are a lot of wonderful out of the way places in the DC area. It is too early now, but in the summer there are free concerts at the various memorials. We'd pack a picnic and watch the sun set while the various military bands would serenade us. Very romantic and .... free. I was born in DC (yes, people always razz me because I'm probably the only white girl in the world who is from DC. When I used to have to get a pass renewed for my job in the Pentagon, it would be hysterical. What state were you born in? I wasn't born in a state. I was born at XXXXXX. There isn't a hospital there. Well, there was in 1955. I have a friend who was born in Hawaii before it was a state, and he has the same problem. I'm sure people born in Puerto Rico, US VI, and American Samoa have the same difficulty! But I digress. If you are going to DC, make sure to find out about these freebies that are the best that our nation's capitol has to offer. You also used to be able to buy an all day pass on a tourist trolley to save your weary feet if you are not up to walking. I personally loved the walking and the metro. But it is a great picnic place. And there is nothing in the world better than the 4th of July on the mall.