Smithsonian Air and Space, History Museum and National Archives

It is easy to see the Smithsonian Air and Space, History Museum and National Archives in one day. All three are big hits for different reasons.

Air and Space Museum

Air and Space Museum is a family favorite because it is interactive and fun. There is a 3D Imax movie theater that plays new releases after 5:00. This is a great museum to hit after lunch because you can end your day at the movies!

Smithsonian Air and Space museum gives an excellent history of the industry, however it is not cutting edge. It you are wanting to see the latest and greatest this is not the place. The technology showcased id out of date. You will leave with an appreciation of how air and space has come. The hands on discovery area is excellent! It is a great way to learn about basic physics and scientific principles for all ages.

Discovery Area at the Air and Space Museum.

National Archives

The National Archives is home to the nation’s founding documents. It is open to the public. There are no pictures of inside the building because taking them is not allowed as to the safety and preservation of the flag and documents contained here. In addition to the first American flag, one can find the constitution, Bill of Rights and 10 Amendments.

Smithsonian National American History Museum

The first thing one sees when entering the Smithsonian National American History Museum is the Bat Mobil from the Batman movie.

The museum can get quite crowded so it is best to start on the third floor and work down. My oldest was excited to find Kermit the Frog in glass case on the top floor. Though one would think this museum would be full of older items from our Founding Fathers there is also lots of pop culture that every generation recognizes.

The First Ladies Dress Collection along with each President’s China is fantastic to see. The china was an unexpected surprise. The stories behind the sets gave insight into the first families that have served in the White house. It is fun to see the correlation between the china sets to the dresses the First Ladies wore. You could see their personalities and a little glimpse into who there were as individuals. Some of the First Ladies opted not to get sets and use what was in the White house. Others just ordered more to what was there. The First Lady is responsible for hosting dinners and such. Having appropriate dinnerware is crucial.

There was another area that was fun. It was like the pop culture walk down memory lane. I felt old when I saw things from my childhood — like the “See and Say”. Julia Child’s kitchen was also on display along with Sesame Street puppets.

Of course there were national treasures like President Lincoln’s top hat and remains of ships that sailed into harbors during the Civil War.

Please check out the first blog post on traveling to Washington DC here.

Until next time ~ Happy Travels!

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Renwick Gallery

On the South side of the White House across the street is the most amazing art gallery featuring interactive and mixed media pieces. A lot of what is on display is just passing through, so what I saw there may be different than what you will see there. Regardless, it is spectacular!

The Burning Man was showcased in the gallery the day we visited. It was spectacular! As we entered the gallery we decided to start from the top floor and work our way downstairs. The first thing that caught our attention was amazing mushrooms that opened when you stood under them complete with beautiful lights.

 The next room was my son’s favorite of all. It was full of pillows that one lounged on and watched a digital light show above.

 He was mesmerized by it!

 The beauty of the gallery was not only the fabulous art, but also the presentation of it. One room lead to another and was part of the work. Every angle, shadow and light was considered not only in reference of the piece it was part of, but also the art around it.

 The play on lights through out the gallery was genius! In one room perfectly constructed metal pieces with delicate cuts used light to create a masterpiece.

 There was an entire room made up of intricate wood carvings. The walls and ceiling were part of it. Visitors were encouraged to write on the carvings and leave notes. 

Another room housed a  chalkboard wall encouraging visitors to write out their wish.

 Another  room featured  sculptures that were created with everyday objects. This dragon had a lot of kitchenware as his body.

 The costumes were magnificent and so creative.

 The artist of this sculpture did a wonderful job capturing the woman’s body in wire.

 My daughter was captivated with this piece. She actually got the best picture because she laid down on the floor to take it. No one in the gallery even gave her a second glance. Creative minds are welcome here!

 The final piece was a real stunner! It was made up of cardboard and had so many peep holes to look through. Here is just a sampling of this amazing piece a long with the peep holes.

Renwick Gallery is diffidently worth a day. I was only able to spend a few hours there, but hope to go back in the future.
Until next time ~ Happy Travels!

Pink House Boutique and The Hop Shop

 I recently purchase a car for my daughter and was driving it home after I transfered the title. I was hungry and had a few hours before I had to be at my next appointment. I was on Grand Avenue which runs with the railroad and exited when I saw the sign for it I parked my car and started walking the main street when I ran across the coolest funkiest store ever — Pink House Boutique. Downtown Glendale has amazing antique shops that line the main street as well as side streets. This store is a little different.

 What caught my eye was the Pin Up dresses in the window. As I got closer I noticed they carried them up to a 4X! I could not stop myself — I had to go in and take a look. Not only did they have an awesome assortment of hundreds of  dresses, they had purses and jewelry ranging from vintage, retro to antique. There were sassy pictures, tumblers and accessories as well as a section of sweet antiques perfect for a Vintage girl. I have never been in a shop with this many different products spanning over so many decades yet all cohesively put together. The prices were reasonable too! Sadly I could not take pictures in the store, so I encourage you to check out there website here  and if in the area stop by the shop (7009 N 58th Ave Glendale AZ 85301 — (623) 298-4766 )

 One store down is my favorite diner — The Hop Shop! I am partial  to this diner because they carry gluten free bread and the chef always makes sure to wipe down the kitchen area he is working for folks like me with a gluten intolerance. Betty Boop welcomes visitors along with an assortment of delicious retro desserts.

 The restaurant is immaculate with retro and vintage decor everywhere. It really feels like you are taking a step back in time when you sit down to order and eat. The waitresses even refer to you like they would in the good ole days.

If you have a couple hours and are in the Phoenix area you should take a yonder to Downtown Glendale.

Until next time ~ Happy Travels!

"Boom Town" Downtown Fayetteville North Carolina!

I am happy to share with you a recent trip I took that was featured on Canvas Corp Brands blog! If you are not familiar with Canvas Corps you may know some of their brands: Tattered Angels and 7 Gypsies. I am super excited that my very first article I wrote for them went live yesterday. I had so much fun on my travel and writing it up. Please make sure you head over and read it because it is one of the most surprising places I have ever visited with fun shops, antique stores, dinning, breweries, a tea house and a coffee shop all within walking distance — not to mention that famous museum that gives a wonderful history of the US army.

I met with over a dozen owners of downtown shops and felt their passion. Please go check out the CCB blog and read their story, see the 60+ pictures and share the article with anyone planning to visit or that lives in North Carolina. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed! Please click here!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting (and traveling!)!!!!