When you think of Washington, DC, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The DC Murals, right? Ha! I’m betting your answer was politics.
When most people think of Washington, DC, politics is probably the first thing that comes to mind. It’s only natural. But, here’s the thing, the city has so much more to offer, that politics really does seem to take a back seat on most days. Don’t ever let the current political vibe dissuade you from visiting such a beautifully diverse city.
The Past 5 Months
We landed back in the US pretty much five months to the day and honestly, I don’t know where the days have gone. I know people say similar things all the time, but these past months have just flown by in a constant swirling blur. We’ve been up to our eyeballs in first finding an apartment in which to live temporarily, followed by buying a house and undertaking a complete renovation of said house. We served as our own general contractors and did much of the work ourselves. We moved in to the house in late March, even though it was far from move-in ready.
Our Retirement Nest
We found our cozy comfortable, and what we like to call our just-the-right-size, retirement nest. We have been working diligently to not only renovate the house, which was built in 1942, but also to adjust to daily life again after spending three months traveling through Europe and three months living in Porto. With the holiday season upon us just days after having arrived home, followed by months of house mania, we haven’t had time to even think about catching our breath.
Oh, and did I mention we are now the grandparents of a precious little boy?! He does not yet have a social media presence, but trust me… he is adorable and we are utterly in love with baby Jasper.
A Return to New York
Right now in this moment we are quite content to be reestablishing ourselves and feathering our nest, so-to-speak. But that wanderlust itch we share doesn’t like to be ignored for too long so there are definitely travel plans in the works.
We are super excited to be heading back to New York City in early July. We’ll be writers in residence with the fabulous boutique Library Hotel Collection. We spent a few days in NYC in 2016 and as we were boarding the bus bound for home, we knew we wanted to return sooner than later, so yep, New York we’ll see you soon!
Other potential travel destinations for 2018 include a return to our beloved city of Porto, Portugal. We’re also interested in exploring the summer beach scene in Maryland and Delaware. And, I am aching for a return trip to Vermont to take in the fall colors with an added stop in upstate New York where we want to experience riding the rails (by pedaling) through the Adirondacks. So many choices, we’re excited at the possibilities!
One of our local travel goals – whenever possible – is to explore the off the beaten path of Washington, DC. and surrounding neighborhoods. There is always someplace new and interesting to explore in the city and we’re compiling quite a list.. First up, the DC murals.
A Quest to Find DC Murals
Research tells me there are 75 DC murals to be found in the city, and we’re taking on the challenge of finding as many as we can. Our first outting was to the U Street Corridor of the city, where quite a few murals are located. It’s a vibrant eclectic neighborhood where one can find a plethora of choices for eateries, shopping and theater experiences.
Our first stop was Ben’s Chili Bowl because we were hungry, it was lunch time and chili dogs called to us – loudly. With satisfied bellies, we hit the street and easily found our first mural. It was just outside of Ben’s and of course it was a mural of Ben and his wife, Virginia.
And just on the other side of the Ben’s Chili Bowl building is the iconic DC mural, The Torch, which depicts sixteen featured personalities chosen by public vote. It’s the most photographed mural in DC and it really is quite special.
We continued along U Street until we came to what might have been my favorite DC mural of the day. I could not find any information on it so I’ve named it The Swimmers. It was very powerful and it was so well-done it felt as if they were swimming right at us. Brilliant!
As our parking meter clicked away the time we found ourselves having to make our way back to the car. We found 13 DC murals on this day, only 62 more to go! We stopped to say hello to Elizabeth Taylor and then we called it a day.
Great art scene in Washington, DC! Check out PowWow Street Art site and look up Washington, there is a map of art from that festival. I shared this on our StreetArtChat Facebook page, if you post street art photos on Twitter or Instagram tag us for shares:)
Thanks for the tip, Cathy, and thanks for stopping by. I will definitely tag streetartchat when possible.
The DC Mural is awesome and I can understand why it’s already an iconic favorite. Thanks for sharing another side to one of our favorite cities. When you travel slow or live near an historic area filled with so many places to go and sights to see, getting off the beaten path and making your own discoveries is a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing more of DC’s street murals!
I know you share our love of DC, Anita, and the city is waiting for your return! We saw an awesome HUGE mural of President Lincoln the other day but we were on the Metro train and zoomed by before we could even think of getting a photo, but at least we saw it!
You two are always busy. I admire your energy. Travel plans sound good. These murals are fantastic. If you visit Flagstaff look for many amazing murals.
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We love the region near Flagstaff and we’re long overdue for a return visit. Will definitely look for the murals when/if we get there.
Sending you this note from Goring, England. Right on the Thames river, which is a lovely, peaceful flow this far up. Staying at an old carriage. Lots of steep steps to our room under the eaves. Give a hug to Jasper for us. Home soon. Linda
Hello! Good to hear from you and continued safe travels!
Huge congratulations for the arrival of your grandson, so exciting to have a little one in the family. Congratulations also to the parents of little Jasper, they must be delighted? Your new home sounds like the perfect place for your new “retirement project “? The murals are beautiful, I am yet to visit Washington DC, but is on my list. Your new travel plans are exciting and I am looking forward to follow you 🙂
Thank you, Gilda, the little grandson has brought such joy to our lives!
My favorite murals are in Miami in an area called Wynwood. If you ever get there, please check it out. These are outstanding, and I love that you have made it a treasure hunt of sorts. What a great way to get to know the city. Congratulations on moving into your new home and for the arrival of baby Jasper. What joy!
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We have been to Miami, but just overnight. Before that it’s been 30 years since we were in Miami so I think we’re due. I’d love to see the murals you’re referring to, and I’m looking forward to finding more in DC.