October 29, 2009

Traveling: a Day in D.C.


For the last week I've been in Washington D.C. for work. Fortunately, I was able to clear my schedule and steal a day to myself in the city. I fell completely in love with it!
The sky was bright blue and the air was crisp and cool. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to explore D.C.
I roamed the streets alone (which is sometimes my favorite way to travel) and enjoyed the day to myself, quieting my mind, and taking in the beauty. 
The colors of autumn were all around. The trees were a beautiful composition of fiery red, golden yellow, and pumpkin orange.

It was refreshing to see a skyline void of skyscrapers for the day. Something about it reminded me of Europe.

The red on these trees stopped me still in my tracks. I stood here for a few moments trying to take a picture of the colors with my mind.  

Of course, I stopped for a bit of people watching, too. I love to wonder about where they come from, who they are, and what their story is. 
The monuments were awe-inspiring and truly magnificent. You can't help but be moved when standing in their presence. 


This wall was a tearful moment for me. A stunning memorial to honor the brave men who fought for our country.


The residential streets and neighborhood markets were so delightful. The city's unique feel had me utterly charmed. 



Sometimes at the end of the day the only thing I need to do is look down at my own two feet to be reminded of how lucky I am. I am so grateful for the places they have taken me and the roads they have traveled...

*all images are mine

22 comments:

the gardeners cottage said...

stunning photos. especially the fall leaves.

~janet

Teresa said...

Gorgeous shots. A city with so much to do...

Christina Rodrigues said...

wow love the pix you took! beautiful...wish i was there :)

Mary @ JPM Design said...

Wow, these are some breath taking, beautiful photos! I have only visited there once and hope to go back again sometime soon.

Torie Jayne said...

Wonderful photos, Have a sweet day!

Jo said...

Lovely photos from a lovely city! Especially lovely: your comment at the end of the post about being grateful.
xox

Jenn said...

Gorgeous photos. Makes me appreciate this city so much more. I'm so glad you loved it!

Marina said...

It looks like you had a wonderful day exploring the city ... great photos!
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend.

Inspiration in Italy said...

Wow these photos are seriously incredible! I have not been back to Washington D.C. since I was a little girl and these photos are making me want to visit again soon, gorgeous!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Rachel

PS. I responded to your question on my recent blog post :)

Fee-AMore said...

Beautiful photos! Love the last shot.

Dobbygirl said...

Wow! Great pictures, just beautiful!

Jessica said...

Thanks for sharing photos! Looks like you had a lovely day! The third photo I find especially fantastic.

mise said...

You've really sold the city to me with these photos - the pomp and the red trees and the lovely house exteriors. It seems such a civilized place and will have to be my next US destination. Glad you had such a great trip!

Donna said...

thanks for sharing...my family is planning a trip in the spring - I have two sisternlaws that are now in DC...can't wait to take it all in!

My Passport to Style said...

Really uplifiting post, the perspective height emphasis of the shots is wonderful, inspiring images!I have tagged you for a very chic vintage award over @ My Passport to Style,hope you like it! Sharon xxooo

Jess LC said...

BEAUTIFUL photos! Wow. So impressed.

eco-stylista said...

Beautiful photos! I hope that one day I can visit amazing American cities like this.

Jaime said...

Love DC too! You've got some amazing photos here :)

Molly Jean said...

beautiful photos, Crystal! especially loving those leaves!!!

sharon taftian interior design said...

your images are gorgeous. thanks for sharing.

Miz.November said...

Beautiful words and photos. Thanks so much for taking the time to share them.

Anonymous said...

These pics were absolutely gorgeous and captured DC so well. I have lived here for over 3 years and it has captured my heart - I love this city! There is so much to see and do besides the National Mall. Thanks for showing us your trip!
-Emily

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