Last weekend I took a little vacation to Washington DC. I had a lovely long weekend and saw many things. From monuments to art galleries. I think I covered all my bases. The Better-Half and I took a little time off to enjoy the good weather and the sights. We walked everywhere! By the end of each day our feet hurt so bad all we wanted to do was sit on the couch and not move. We really had a great time. I had been there once before but the Better-Half had never gone. He was so excited and wanted to see every little bit. Here are some photos of the trip!
The Washington Monument. We saw this on the first evening we were in DC. You are supposed to be able to climb the monument, however after the earthquake in August 2011 the monument has been closed.
In the distance is the Lincoln Memorial, and in the foreground is a lake dedicated to war veterans. This is across from the Washington Monument. In other words, if I were to turn around and take a picture you would see the Washington Monument.
Here is another look at the War Vets lake.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the Reflection Pool. There was construction going on and they had drained the pool.
Here is the Lincoln Memorial. We have former President Lincoln sitting in his chair. I think he looks very contemplative.
On the second day we went to a few art galleries. Here is a picture of art that I thought was kind of neat.
Here is the Smithsonian Castle. This used to be the only Smithsonian, now there are about five of them. Inside here there are still a few exhibits. The architecture is awesome.
Here is the Jefferson Memorial. When we stopped here, there were tons of people who had the same idea. This place was crawling with life!
This year is the 100th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival. The shindig “started” the week that we were there. Every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and the celebration each year is a reminder of the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the close relationship between the two countries.
Our trip was fantastic. But, by the time Sunday rolled around we were ready to head home. I am hoping in the future we return to enjoy the sights and the blossoms again.