About Ayako E
Lives in Hamburg, Germany
Since Nov. 2008
Germany became my new (second? third?) home in 2012. I'm enjoying getting to know this part of the world in the great "window to the world" harbor city of Hamburg. At home and abroad, I like to explore local places on foot (the fact that I can't drive may have something to do with it), and I especially enjoy explore local cafes and markets, and discovering and experiencing local colors and flavors - e.g. locally owned businesses, street art, and just people watching.
Military Museums, Parks, Speciality Museums
Natural History Museums
Gift & Speciality Shops
History Museums, Speciality Museums
One of the oldest federal parks, Rock Creek Park has a long history of providing relaxation and beautiful green spaces to DC residents. Although it's not far from the city center, its peaceful trails and picnic spots feel far away from the hustle and bustle. This is a great place to take a family hike or bike ride, and maybe check out some of the park's historic structures along the way. You might rent boats or kayaks at Thompson Boat Center, or even cool your feet in the creek.
Operated by the Smithsonian Institution, the Discovery Theater puts on fun, educational shows that kids young and old will love. From puppets to musicians to mimes, living history to wacky science, there's sure to be something showing here to delight the whole family.
Located just across the Potomac from Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial, Mt. Vernon Trail is great for walking and bicycling. The trails are flat for little legs, and you'll enjoy the river views, with the picturesque DC cityscape in the background.
With numerous fascinating exhibits — from dinosaurs, to exotic plants, to the famous Hope diamond, the Museum of Natural History will keep kids of all ages engaged.
Located right outside the Dupont Circle Metro station, Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market is open every Sunday and features a great array of fresh, seasonal and local harvests. The friendly vendors, staff, and visitors make this market a fun, family-friendly experience.
Home to the Wright brothers' original flyer, Space Shuttle Discovery, and so much more, the Air and Space Museum is a great place to entertain the whole family. Hands-on exhibits, flight simulators, and special kid-focused programming makes it especially good for the small ones in your group.
Whether or not there's a future journalist in your clan, the kids will love the Newseum's interactive exhibits, which allow them to forecast weather in front of a green screen or 'be a TV reporter.' The museum also engages visitors in fascinating conversations about the roles of the media and how journalism influences our society.
The menu at Founding Farmers features regionally sourced and sustainably grown ingredients, and the farmhouse decor makes for an atmosphere that's laid-back enough for kids but upscale enough that you'll feel like you're treating yourself too.
What's a family vacation without a little something sweet? Red Velvet offers all manner of tasty cupcakes, from cookies and cream to peanut butter cup.
Located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, Himalayan Heritage Restaurant offers a wide selection of Indian/Nepalese food, including many vegetarian options. You can find familiar Indian flavors like Tandori, Tikka Masala, and Naan bread, or try something a bit different, like the 'Mo Mo' (streamed dumplings) and other Himalayan specialties.