Jazz in the Garden
One of my favorite things to do when I have a day off in the middle of the week is to take a quick ride into the District to go to a museum.
All of the Smithsonian Museums http://www.si.edu/ are no charge to visit so I try to get to as many as I can during the year. My favorite museum this year is the National Gallery of Art, although not a Smithsonian, there is no charge for this museum http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb.html . If you are going to any museum on the north side or the Constitution Ave side of the Mall, a great metro station to use is the Archives station, it is only a block away from one entrance to the National Gallery. A great hint to keep in mind is that on busy days when the main entrance to the museum (off the Mall) has a long line, go around to the back or the side to use a different entrance.
I could spend all day writing about all of the wonderful works of art in the museum but I would invite you to experience it all for yourselves. Sculptures, paintings, modern art, antiquity art, its all there and don’t forget to see the only DaVinci in the United States, found in the Italian Gallery. Exiting out the west exit we walked through the Sculpture Gardens. We were wonderfully surprised to find an unexpected surprise, “Jazz in the Garden”. It was a magnificent evening, sunny, warm and low humidity with a nice cool breeze. We sipped on sangria and let our minds drift on the music, finding a fun place to sit, on a park bench in the Metropolitan Metro sculpture.