The metro train ride was almost as interesting as the visit to the gallery as the train winds its way from Alexandria, past intriguing stops like the Pentagon and into the city. It’s a fun and convenient way to travel into D.C. and you don’t have to worry about paying for parking or having a few beers at the amazing variety of restaurants and bars downtown, the metro is extensive and easily maneuvered with signs and directions clearly posted so you can get to all the D.C attractions without difficulty.
Another favorite walk of mine is through the National Gallery Sculpture Garden, where you can see amazing works of art like Louise Bourgeois’ “Spider” c. 1997, pausing mid crawl on its long metal legs, or Alexander Calder’s abstract “Cheval Rouge (Red Horse) c.1974, and Roxy Paine’s whimsical silver tree called “Graft” c.2009, among many other fantastic works by 20th and 21st century sculptors. During the winter, the fountain pool area is turned into an ice skating rink.
A walk through this park was the perfect appetizer before entering the masters laden halls of the National Gallery of Art, where you move from the lighthearted modern park art to the serious old masterpieces from past ages. The art in the National Gallery is the best of our human experience and you can wander for hours enjoying the color, technique and history of these beautiful artworks.
Finally worn our by the chilly weather and lots of walking, we wandered back to the metro and hopped the train back to Alexandria for an evening exploring their several Irish Pubs.