Day 2 – Museums & Seafood in D.C.

We started our day with breakfast at a cafe nearby, Emissary before lyfting to National Gallery of Art.

I got the smashed avocado toast with a fried egg. Mint mojito coffee not pictured.

The last time we were in D.C. we didn’t get the chance to go to the East building of the National Gallery of Art so that was the first first stop. I absolutely LOVE the lobby of the building.

I probably spent more time taking pictures of the lobby than looking at art in the gallery. Here’s the rest of pictures I took before we walked over to United States Botanic Garden.

Jacqueline looking at two Georgia O’Keefe paintings.

Art on the roof

The tunnel that connects the east and west wing.

It was around 1ish when we got to the Botanic Garden and boy was it hot. The walk took around 10 minutes but the sun was scorching hot. We didn’t stop sweating when we got there – it was a greenhouse so it felt extra humid! The flowers and plants were worth sweating for though!

Love the hidden dinosaurs in the primal plant section!

A room full of art in the Botanic Garden!

We wanted to visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, but the long was too long. We didn’t want to spend time waiting in the scorching heat, especially since it’s our only full day in D.C. and there’s still so much for us to see! We ended up stopping by the Hirshhorn Museum cause we saw a Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkin right outside of it.

Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkin

I’m glad I got to see it since we didn’t get the chance in Tokyo and I missed the exhibit when it was in New York. The Hirishhorn Museum was relatively small so we breezed through it pretty quick.

The original plan was visiting the ARTECHOUSE, but we kept getting sidetracked. We passed by the Smithsonian Institution and I had to stop to get a picture of the garden. It was just too photogenic to pass on.

Smithsonian Institution and the Enid A. Haupt Garden

We stopped by one of the galleries (Arthur M. Sackler Gallery) nearby to escape from humidity and we got lucky with this work of art.

Terminal by Subodh Gupta

Right after we left this gallery, we heard roaring thunder and saw dark clouds coming our way so we decided to go somewhere closer instead – the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

We ran into these two cuties before we got to the museum!

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History was massive. We only went to a couple of exhibits and decided to get late lunch/early dinner since we haven’t eaten since breakfast. It’s been 6 hours!

We took a Lyft to Navy Yards to grab dinner at Whaley’s and wow. Navy Yards reminds me of a mix Seaport and Dumbo In New York. I could see myself living in Navy Yards if I had to move to D.C.

Whaley’s when you walk in!

We started with raw oysters and drinks and finished off with a light entree.

We wanted to explore more of Navy Yard before heading back but unfortunately, it started pouring. We took cover at a Philz Coffee, got mint mojitos and spent a hour relaxing after being on our feet for most of the day.

The last time I got this was in San Francisco!

After feeling well rested, we took a Lyft back to the hotel. Once we got in the car, the storm caught up and it was raining hard. Not only did we get lucky escaping the heavy rain, our Lyft driver was great and since it was a Lyft line we got to “tour” around Georgetown before getting off.

I’m glad we got to do almost everything we wanted to do before it started raining. Overall a successful short trip and we still have two stops before the drive back to NYC tomorrow!

Day 3 – Disneyland LA

After a long night, we woke up to a gloomy day. Unfortunately, we just happened to be in LA for this rare occasion since it only rains a few times every year. We lounged around our Airbnb and watched Cutthroat Kitchen until noon, hoping that it would stop raining but it didn’t. We weren’t going to waste a day so we drove out to Anaheim, praying that it would stop raining when we get to Disney.

We made a pit stop at Downey to eat lunch at Porto’s Bakery – basically a Cuban version of Panera Bread.

Lining up to order.

The only picture of what I ordered. Pulled pork sandwich with fried plantains. I also got the spicy cheese and peppers potato ball.

I wish they had a Porto’s in NY – everything was so goooooood. It’s pretty cheap for the portions you get too.

From Downey to Disneyland it took only 20 minutes and we got lucky because the rain finally stopped!

We made it to Disney!

It was around 2pm and we definitely didn’t have time to explore the whole park. We did get to go on most of the rides we wanted to, so overall it was a successful day.

The rides we went on (in order):

  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Star Tours
  • Space Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters x2
  • Rocket Jets
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds

This was in the Adventure land section I believe. Right next to the Pirates ride.

King Arthur Carrousel

Oh, we also did a lot of pin trading and looking around stores to find rare ones.

After the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, it started pouring again. It sucked but it cleared out the line for the famous Dole soft serve.

Bad picture of the Dole soft serve.

We got lucky with timing twice. The first time was an indoor Tiki Magic Show that was about to start right after we got our pineapple soft serve. We got to enjoy our soft serve dry and listened to fake birds and plants sing.

The second time was getting early dinner at the Golden Horseshoe. We couldn’t get dinner elsewhere since all the good spots needed a reservation a day in advance.. so we had to eat at a fast food styled restaurant. After we got out food, there was a performance on stage!

We were really hoping to catch the Disney Fireworks but they weren’t doing it because of renovations on Main Street. HUGE disappointment, since that is the ideal way to end a day in Disney. Probably the first time I been to Disney without actually seeing it. Instead, we watched the Fantasmic water show, which was better than nothing.

There were fireworks after the show but it wasn’t as good.

Another pic of the fireworks.

We went on two more rides after and since a couple of us were exhausted, we decided to head home. I wish we went earlier or stayed a bit later since there were so much more to explore. Overall, I didn’t get the same feeling of the magical experience I would get in Disney World. Maybe because of the rain and the fact that there were no fireworks. Probably because it was a short day and usually I would spend at least 3 days in Disney (a day for each park).

Thank the lord, that the drive back to La Brea was smooth because I was exhausted and it was a struggle to keep my eyes open. We stopped by Leo’s Taco Truck for their famous Al Pastor Tacos and it was no doubt the best tacos I ever had. Their chorizo taco was no match for Guisados though.

Al Pastor taco

After our first order, we decided to get 10 more cause it was that good.

Once we got back to the Airbnb, everyone passed out from exhaustion. I literally passed out the moment my head hit the pillow. It was a productive day despite the rain.