Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Sunset between Two Gems

I caught the above pic while running nearby the DC Wharf. The Wharf got a massive renovation a few years and is still being actively developed. While the shiny and new promenade is fun to stroll along, I find two sites at the bounds of the waterfront to be more interesting. At the northern end you'll find the Main Avenue Fish Market. Which besides being a feast for your senses, has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating open-air fish market in the United States. It's apparently 17 years older than New York's Fulton Fish Market. Take that New York!

Months ago, on a far warmer day, Shira and I were down at the fish market and ordered ourselves a grilled salmon platter. The kitchen thought otherwise of our choice and opted to deep fry, rather than broil the fish. The result was the tastiest fish and chips I've ever had. Best. Kitchen. Error. Ever.

To get to the other notable site, walk south along the water until you hit the edge of Fort McNair. Once there, you'll see this splendid monument:

That's the Women's Titanic Memorial, which has a plaque that reads:

TO THE BRAVE MEN
WHO PERISHED
IN THE WRECK
OF THE TITANIC
APRIL 15, 1912
THEY GAVE THEIR
LIVES THAT WOMEN
AND CHILDREN
MIGHT BE SAVED

ERECTED BY THE
WOMEN OF AMERICA

The monument seems to reflect the iconic Titanic Movie Pose, though the memorial predates the movie by nearly 80 years.

In any other city these sites would be quite notable. In D.C. they're considered obscure at best.

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