One of the perks of having friends in a large city is avoiding touristy places and being introduced to new and interesting things you may not discover on your own; still, every now and then it's fun to just be a tourist and visit the popular attractions! On a recent trip to DC for our good friends' wedding, we all decided to visit the National Portrait Gallery to see the Mingering Mike exhibit (very amusing), and we ended up staying for several hours. I took about a billion pictures, but it's impossible not to when you're surrounded by such beautiful art.
If you find yourself in Washington, D.C. with several hours to kill, I strongly recommend a visit! DC is only about 3 hours from me, which is perfect for a weekend trip, but a little bit of a drive just to visit a gallery for an evening, so when I just now discovered that an Elaine de Kooning exhibit was opening this Friday, I just about cried thinking I would miss it. Although, in my defense, the near-cry could just be a by-product of these pregnancy hormones.