A DC Independence Day

If your parents aren’t interested in American history, maybe don’t plan a family vacation to Washington DC.

If you hate being amongst huge crowds of humans 24/7, probably don’t travel over the Fourth of July weekend.

If you do not enjoy walking around, sight-seeing AND all of the above things also exist, our nation’s capital over Independence Day is definitely not for you + your family.

But guess what my parents and I did over this year’s holiday weekend!? An expensive monuments cruise which showed us nothing, a three-hour bus tour guided by the world’s least funny non-comedian that was so hot we almost melted, and crowded, expensive brunches filled with annoying tourists (like us) were the highlights. BUT. I did capture a handful of mediocre photos, and, of course, it was nice to spend the holiday with family. Plus: DC, as clean and structured as it is in contrast to NYC, always makes for a nice getaway from the daily grind of a sweaty Manhattan summer. At long last, here are a few photos I managed to shoot during that hot and humid weekend at the beginning of July.

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Summer of ’13 Highlights

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It got dark at 7:30pm last night, so I guess that means summer’s officially coming to a close. School’s back in session, Starbucks is actively painting the town pumpkin-spice, and even though the weather was in the 90’s yesterday, that “fall mentality” is starting to kick in. This summer was very challenging for me on a personal level but simultaneously quite rewarding. I spent most of my days (and too many nights) working in Westchester and fled the city at any chance I got. A trip to Siesta Key with my best friends from college, vacations to D.C., Phoenix and Tucson with wonderful people who I met through Nordstrom, and a birthday brunch surrounded by my some of favorite people in all of the five boroughs definitely top my list. The end of summer (and really, the start of football season) are always bittersweet in my book, but I’m beyond ready for all of the exciting adventures I’ll be having in the city this autumn!