S: Washington DC 2010
BC: Our trip to Washington DC 2010
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1: PHILADELPHIA TRAIN STATION CEILING
2: We stayed in the Adams-Morgan Neighbourhood of DC. | Adam's Inn Bed & Breakfast It spans three 100 year old houses. | This lion guards the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge.
3: Our room at Adam's Inn
5: The Smithsonian Castle This is in the center of the Mall and is the visitor's centre for all the Smithsonian Museums. The best place to plan your visit. The statue in front isn't of Smithson, the English gentleman who donated all the money for the startup of the Smithsonian Institute. The statue is of the first curator. He and his family actually lived in the castle but hated it because it was so drafty and cold. That is why the statue is facing away from the Castle. The Smithsonian Institution was established with funds from James Smithson, a British scientist who left his estate to the United States to found “at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Smithson had never visited the United States and never talked about his bequest so his reasons for establishing the Smithsonian Institute are unknown.
6: View of the Capitol Building from in front of the Castle
7: View of the Washington Monument from in front of the Castle
9: The Air & Space Museum
10: The Viking Lander
11: A Soviet Rocket
12: Apollo-Soyuz Space Project | Moon Lander
13: The Hubble Space Telescope
15: The actual Wright Bros Flyer!! | The fastest plane in the world | The Spirit of St Louis
16: Mars Explorer
17: The Solar System
18: Carousel on the Mall
21: Natural History Museum
22: Current and Extinct Animals from around the world
23: Giant Three-Toed Sloths
25: Spy Gnome | No pictures allowed in the Spy Museum
26: National Portrait Gallery
27: George Washington Abraham Lincoln | Theodore Roosevelt
28: American History Museum | Martha Washington | Mary Lincoln | Betty Ford | Laura Bush | Michelle Obama
30: At the White House!
31: Washington at night
32: Bike Tour Time! Bike and Roll Tours
33: Union Station & Supreme Court | Library of Congress Capitol Building | The Washington Monument is two different colours because the private funding ran out of money before they finished building it and it sat uncompleted for many years. Eventually the gov't was shamed into coughing up the rest of the money needed to finish it. | Lady Liberty on top of the Capitol Building. Nothing can be built taller than her. Only the Washington Monument and Lincoln's Memorial are taller and that is because they were built first.
34: WWII War Memorial | Lincoln Memorial | Reflecting Pool It doesn't actually reflect the entire Washington Monument because if it did, the Lincoln Memorial would be too close to the river and get flooded every spring.
35: Einstein Memorial | White House | The Einstein Memorial had a special trait, if you stood in the middle of the circle in front of him and said something quietly, your words would echo back to you but nobody else would hear what you said.
36: The Library of Congress was burned when the British (Canadian British!!) came down and burned DC way back when. Jefferson was in some serious debt and he had the largest private library in the country so he offered to sell his library to the government and that's how the Library of Congress got books again.
37: It was actually housed in the Capitol Buildings until the head librarian convinced the government that the Copyright Act should be part of the Library. So as they received two copies of every book copyrighted, the Library grew in leaps and bounds and he cleverly went, Oh no, we don't have nearly enough room! We need the most gigantic and ornate building in the world to house all these books. And that's how the Library of Congress got marble washrooms :D