S: March 2010 - Washington DC
FC: Washington DC
1: We arrived in DC mid-day and found a parking spot near Jefferson monument. | The tidal basin was flooded, so we walked across the bridge to Jefferson.
2: Jefferson Memorial
4: Jefferson faces the Washington Monument across the Tidal Basin
5: We walked around the Basin and toured FDR Memorial. It contains many of his quotes from his years in office.
7: Some of the quotes fit the world we live in today.
8: Roosevelt is seated with his dog by his side. However, his wife is by herself around the corner. Some men say that's how it should be - best friend by his side. Makes females wonder if he was in the dog house. HaHa | Mom enjoys a quiet moment by one of the many waterfalls.
9: The Korean War Memorial - Nineteen stainless steel sculptures stand silently under the watchful eye of a sea of faces upon a granite wall—reminders of the human cost of defending freedom.
11: Susanne and I walked to the monuments around the Lincoln Memorial
12: The statues on the bridges near Lincoln were a gift from Italy.
13: Walking around Lincoln we were able to see the names of the states along the top. We also could see the Washington Monument in the background.
14: Walking up the steps of the Lincoln memorial, I noticed the sign on the steps marking the spot that Martin Luther King stood during the "I have a Dream" speech.
15: As I walked around, these soldiers came in to take pictures. I had to get a picture of them in front of Lincoln.
21: Since our arrival in DC was a day early, we had to find a place to stay. Marriott found us a 2 bedroom 17 miles from DC. We set the GPS and made our way.
22: Entrance to China Town | Union Station
28: 1878 Naval Peace Monument in front of the Capitol. Grief holds her covered face against the shoulder of History and weeps in mourning. History | holds a stylus and a tablet that was inscribed "They died that their country might live." Below Grief and History, another female figure represents Victory, holding high a laurel wreath and carrying an oak branch, signifying strength. Below her are the infants - Mars, the god of war, and Neptune, god of the sea.
30: Water fountain built along the wall of the Capitol Building. Tree across from the Capitol entrance.
31: Smithsonian Institution - the world's largest museum complex. The building below was the original home to the National Museum opened 1881 | In 1826, James Smithson, a British scientist, drew up his last will and testament, naming his nephew as beneficiary. Smithson stipulated that, should the nephew die without heirs (as he would in 1835), | the estate should go “to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”
33: The WWII Memorial is between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
39: We enjoyed the WWII memorial. Lanelle by the fountain. Susanne and Mom found Texas.
40: Susanne enjoyed her hot dog from the street vendor | Old Executive Building beside the White House | The First Division Monument in front of the Old Executive Office Building
41: Walked around and couldn't get close to the White House - a demonstration was in progress | Both snipers on the roof were watching for trouble
42: Demonstration over 'Don't ask, Don't Tell". Two Army soldier's handcuffed themselves to the gate. They went to jail.
43: Lots of different people show up for the demonstration. Even the squirrel got a nut. | The bicycle cops were on hand to keep it under control
47: Front and Back of theTreasury Building beside the White House
48: Front and Back views of the White House
50: Old Post Office
51: UNION STATION
52: We checked into the hotel and headed back out on the subway for our night tour. This was the first subway ride for Susanne, Lanelle and Mom.
53: Union Station - has a replica of the Liberty Bell along with a monument for Christopher Columbus. The 3 flags are for the 3 ships - Pinta, Nina and the Santa Maria
54: Waiting for the night tour gave us plenty of time to look around at Union Station
56: The Capitol Building and Washington Monument glow at night.
57: The night tour was fantastic - passing up many of the main sites
60: After our night tour, we caught the subway back to the hotel. We had to switch trains. Lanelle and Susanne didn't make the second train. Lucky Susanne knew where to get off at the last stop..
63: With so much to see - we split up. Lanelle and Susanne went to the Hirshhorn Museum
64: American History Museum | Mom and I checked out the museum with the exhibits about America on the move and national treasures.
65: Mom waits in line to board the trolley
66: America on the move - check out the prices and the yellow school bus
67: Items from Popular Culture - Dumbo ride, Wizard of Oz Dorothy's red shoes, Ohno's speed skates, Archie Bunker's chair, Fonzie's leather jacket, Kermit the Frog
68: Natural History Museum
69: Bones & skeletons from a child to adult
70: We enjoyed looking at all the gemstones
72: Easter Island Stone Head built in memory of the dead. | Large Totem Pole by the front stairs
74: According to legend, the Hotel Monaco's Paris Ballroom was used as a surgical room during the Civil War. The sounds of whispering, believed to be that of doctors in surgery, have been heard by guests and employees. Many have claimed to see the ghosts of doctors and nurses walking hurriedly down the hall.
94: The White House
95: Lincoln and his view of the Washington Monument
96: Mom finally made it up to see Lincoln. We had some fun showing her holding up the Capital and the Washington Monument. | Susanne 'flies' near the Lincoln Memorial | The Korean memorial is seen through the trees.
97: Susanne is enjoying the sites from the tour bus. | this building is the Newseum building. | The oldest theater in DC | The Old Post Office -looks like a castle. When first built, the locals did not like it.
98: IRS building looks like a waffle
99: The neighborhoods around DC offer many different and colorful brownstones and condos.