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What do you know about this quote carved into the marble of the southeast wall of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.? If, like me, you read the words and thought, that’s powerful and pertinent, but what’s the context? Did he say it? Write it? Who was it directed at? So, I did a little research. This is from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to Samuel Kercheval, a Virginia lawyer and… Read More

There’s something about Washington, D.C. and sunshine. The sky, the trees, those cherry blossoms when they’re in bloom. Who doesn’t love this city? We’re a little bit of Alexandria and a little bit of D.C. people. This means that when we travel there, we have to visit both. I always said that if we won the lottery, we’d need to have a vacation home in Alexandria. It’s probably not the Caribbean Island… Read More

I long for this. Sitting by the water in short sleeves, reading a book by the water with a huge Ferris wheel looming over me. It’s Seattle in August. It could be a guidebook to Japan or a bartender’s manual of cocktails. Perhaps it’s his own novel. Whatever it is, this man is going places.

We are well on our way to Platinum!  We made a road trip out of stays 8, 7, and 6 by heading to Philadelphia, Alexandria, and Washington, D.C.! Our first stop was at the Le Meridien Philadelphia, a hotel we love for its unique design and history. Since this hotel used to be a YMCA, it has a character all its own which makes it stand out from other SPG properties. This hotel… Read More

Washington, D.C. is one of those cities that just keeps us coming back for more.  Perhaps we have Pierre Charles L’Enfant to thank for this.  After all, George Washington put him in charge of designing our capital city, and coincidentally, there is quite a strong resemblance between a stroll towards the Capitol and a stroll towards the Eiffel Tower.  The National Mall and the Champs de Mars, both with their wide expanse of green… Read More

Washington, D.C.-Day 2 On Sunday morning, with coffee in hand, we made our way over to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.  It was early and quiet, which made the whole experience even more emotional than I could have ever imagined.  Welcomed with words from Dr. King’s 1963 speech “Out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope”,we entered the memorial by walking between two towering boulders. Dr. King waits… Read More

I’m not a movie person. There are few movies I’ve seen all the way through. Most of these movies I’ve seen at the movie theater, largely because AMC does not have a “bring your own couch” policy. This requires me to sit up and stay awake. But if I have a place to stretch out, along with a pillow and a blanket, I rarely make it to the end, or the middle… Read More