intention no. 10: visit the botanic gardens

botanicgalleyi’ll say it before and i’ll say it again. i’m lucky to have grown up in the washington dc area. i had access to some of the best cultural institutions in the country at a very early age. if i didn’t make it downtown on a field trip for school, i got there showing out-of-town guests around. however, i find myself with less and less “excuses” to go as the years go on. so here’s to another intention about being a tourist in my own city.

i don’t even remember visiting the botanic gardens, that’s how long it’s been. but i’m almost always my calmest when i’m around nature. so i figured what better way to spend the day than surrounded by a lot of greenery. it’s just what i needed especially having just gone through a very gray and white winter.

the lushness and warmth greet you immediately upon entering through the doors. i put on my headphones and leisurely made my way through the gardens. i looked up. a lot. some of these trees are so grandiose in their stature. and if you look too quickly, you’ll miss about 4-5 other plants that are strategically placed around them. amongst the varying shades of green lies pops of color from orchids and other gorgeous bloomage. i wish every walk could be that tranquil.

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it was a windy but sunny day, and those have been far and few between. so when i was done with the gardens, i decided to take a stroll outside. the great thing about this area is that the attractions are clustered together. after a nice long walk in the sunshine, i made an impromptu stop at the national gallery art. after all, this is about being a tourist, right?

not much to say about the gallery visit other than good lord there’s so much eye candy. from monet to van gogh to degas, beauty abounds. the gallery has a little bit of everything; portraits, landscapes, and a slew of sculptures. it seems like every time i visit a museum, there’s always one piece that stands out. today it was john singer sargent’s repose.

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watching people enjoy the sites is just as fun. children on school trips, families on vacation, and hopefully some locals like me. it’s not hard to understand why this is a great city, but it’s very easy to forget. and this certainly won’t be my last time playing tourist. 10 down, 42 to go.


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