Thursday, January 15, 2015

DC Up Close: Trains, Lighthouses & Sailing Ships

Along with cookies, candy canes and Christmas trees, one thing I especially love about the holiday season is the U.S. Botanic Garden’s annual train exhibit. This year’s display, which featured lighthouses and ships made from plant material, was by far my favorite collection yet. Being from So Cal and having a mother from Boston, I think I’ve just always had a natural fondness for the sea. 







Pretty cool, huh? After touring the exhibit on New Year's Day, Stephen and I then headed over to the Kennedy Center to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. While it wasn't my favorite show, I did appreciate the music, humor and moral behind the story. 


Oh, and how cute is this handmade alpaca I picked up at the National Museum of the American Indian? Definitely a cute addition to our living room shelves! 

Are there any annual exhibits in your area that you love checking out? 

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    1. I know, right? Have a great weekend!

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  2. i always love when you post these!

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    1. Glad you like it! I really just think it's so cool. Have an awesome weekend!

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  3. It looks fantastic and like lots of fun! That alpaca is adorable!!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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    1. I know, right? I just couldn't resist buying the alpaca. :)

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  4. These pictures are incredible! Looks like such an awesome event to experience.

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    1. It was, Faith! I'm so sorry about all that you're going through with your family. Please know you're in my heart.

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  5. That alpaca is the cutest! I would LOVE to go the train exhibit and bet my daughter would love it too. It is always fun to see such craftsmanship up close and in motion!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    1. Yeah, there were a ton of kids there who all seemed to love it. Definitely a fun and creative idea!

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  6. Wow I love the light houses, I've always been fond of them. What a great exhibit.

    When the kids were younger we would take them to the local Christmas tree lighting and Christmas events around town. The one neighborhood had a trolley that would take you around to the firehouse, and other spots in town that were open with music, hot chocolate and such.

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    1. I love lighthouses, too! That trolley sounds cool.

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  7. how pretty are these...i have never been to the US Botanic Gardens and i drive by there frequently! thanks for sharing!

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    1. You should absolutely go there sometime, Mrs. Pancakes! It's a beautiful place.

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  8. Looks like a beautiful exhibit! Love the light houses! Reminds me of the Cape!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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    1. Yeah, it was totally awesome! I can't wait to go back next year.

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  9. I've never been to the Botanic Garden. Putting that on my list for the spring!

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    1. Yeah, you should totally go! It's a very peaceful, relaxing place.

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  10. this exhibit looks awesome!!! I'd love to go to it sometime....I am so long overdue for a visit to DC in general and always figured the spring is the best time to go - but I bet DC at Christmas time is also awesome.

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    1. Spring in DC is beautiful, especially when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. If you come, let me know, and maybe we can meet up. We're also coming up to NYC this spring to see Diana Damrau at the Metropolitan Opera. We signed up for their backstage tour, too. I'm so excited!

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