There is something about being in the District of Columbia taking in a few sites, learning about an ancient Greek culture through an exhibit, enjoying a delicious meal or catching a show, all while not being considered a typical tourist.
The city is truly bustling, especially around the Mall with the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which officially opens this fall, streets are being repaired, and on every other corner there is a protest of some sort.
Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
750 15th Street NW, Washington 20005
This lavish two story space was a perfect reprieve after viewing the exquisite exhibit The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great at the National Geographic Museum on 17th Street. This will be the only east coast venue of 500 priceless treasures many of which have never been outside of Greece that celebrate kings, poets, and philosophers. But, back to Joe’s on 15th for brunch, sipping a cocktail and enjoying American surf n’ turf fare was a great way to recap what was seen in the museum.
On Friday night with my BFF Quy, we attended a performance of the Saffron Dance troupe’s Casbah 2016. We saw women of all ages and sizes perform the Middle Eastern style of entertainment known as belly-dancing. Each part of their bodies were actively engaged along with hip movements that mesmerized the audience. The costumes were beautifully designed to showcase their fluid movements.
Well, I am off to pack for my upcoming trip this weekend to Italy and Greece. I have been to several galleries between Washington and New York over the last few months to be able to research and appreciate the antiquities of Greece and Italy.