Having decided that we should try to make at least a monthly visit to Washington to make sure that we explore as much of it as possible, we made a start today with a visit to Eastern Market.
Situated behind the Capitol, Eastern Market is both a building (19th century, recently renovated) and a district which features many small artisan businesses and restaurants.
The variety of food and flowers on offer in the market was enticing but as we had plans for more sightseeing we had to resist.
Walking in cold, clear air with a very chilly wind, we set off for the Library of Congress, passing these lovely colourful houses en route.
It was David's first visit to the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress and he took these photos.
Within the building we then visited Thomas Jefferson's own library - the books purchased from Monticello and which formed the basis of the original Library of Congress.
We then walked on to the National Mall past the Capitol building which is still shrouded in scaffolding. In the reflecting pool there were signs of winter..
Nearby in the protected warmth of the indoor National Botanic Garden there were some welcome signs of Spring..