I hope you are all interested in our little adventure and won't get too bored by me sharing some pictures. I promise I will only pick a few and spare you the hours of boredom our friends and families will have to go through.
As the regular followers amongst you readers know, my husband had been on tour in Afghanistan for 6 months from September last year until April this year leaving us separated for an awful long time. It was a long hard time but in the mean time we planed a road trip holiday through the USA for when he returns.
The whole trip started really early on Tuesday May 3rd at about 4am after only a few hours of sleep. We had to take the train to London and the underground to Heathrow which takes forever. The flight wasn't departing until 11ish.
Here we are totally knackered after the first 4 hours of travelling and still in the country.
The flight was fun, I highly recommend Virgin Atlantic for trans Atlantic flights. They look after their passengers!!!
We arrived in DC at about 4pm local time, plenty of day time left to check out the local area. We stayed in Arlington, VA literally just across the brindge from DC and headed out to Georgetown which was lovely. It was so hot in DC, I changed into my first new dress I would like to share with you guys. I used New Look 6675, very easy and straight forward to make. I'll make this again some time I think for a quick summer dress.
paired with little navy cardi
I made view A but made separate spaghetti straps and left them really long so I can tie the straps into little bows or wear the front ones as a halter,tucking the back ones in (I hope this makes sense)
The following day was planned as a sightseeing day, checking out the Washington Mall and everything around it. Of course it rained and was miserable all day. I couldn't believe how much it had changed over night.
Korean war memorial
Iwo Jima memorial
of course everyone knows that one.... we saw many other memorials, government buildings and sights but as promised I will spare you the picture torture.
We also went into the American history museum. Unfortunately not for a very long time because our time in the city was so limited. I however managed to see the First ladies at the Smithsonian exhibition which I thought you might be interested in too. I got to see the first ladies debut dresses which were amazing. Here a few I managed to photograph and get a decent picture of. Enjoy:
Mamie Eisenhower 1953
Lady Bird Johnson (left) 1965, Pat Nixon (right) 1969, I loved the little cropped jacket. It was beautifully encrusted in beads and crystals. Plus I love!!!! yellow...unfortunately I can't really wear yellow though.
Betty Ford (left) 1975, Rosalyn Carter (right) 1977
Nancy Reagan 1981
Hillary Clinton 1993
Laura Bush 2001
And of course Michelle Obama 2009
Washington is brilliant for sightseeing. Everything in one area, very spread out but walkable which we like. We spend a total of 8 hours walking plus a little 15 min lunch break. I was exhausted but very happy that we made the most of our time in Washington. We were on a very tight time schedule on the east coast to pack as much stuff to do and see into our itinerary so we headed to Philadelphia the same day.