When we arrived in DC, it was pitch black and time for bed, so we decided to get an acai bowl for dinner and call it a night.
We were there for four days and spent the entire time walking around the Memorials and Smithsonian.
Our hotel was across the river, so each morning we hopped on a shuttle that took us to the train, where we had about a 10-minute train ride to the Mall.
Caleb and I have both been to DC before, but each of us went with groups. This time we were excited to spend the time there in the way that we wanted to.
We were both anxious to see the memorials that have opened since we had last been there. Both the WWII and MLK memorials are well worth the trip. The WWII memorial is almost completely silent. That may have to do with its size because you would have to have quite a lot of people there in order for it to be loud. But I think it’s mostly out of respect. There were many people seated around the walls of the memorial who were simply sitting quietly in thought.
The MLK memorial was not at all what I was expecting. I had heard that it had opened late in the summer, but had not yet seen any images of it. I had a friend advise me not to look at it in advance and to just see it when I got there. I’m so glad that I did. There was such an energy to the people there, in part because there were a lot of school groups taking about Marin Luther King Jr. But the monument didn’t evoke an atmosphere of silence like the WWII memorial did. People milled about, laughed, joked, read the quotes on the walls aloud and talked about them with their friends.
We also wanted to see the Lincoln and FDR memorials again, since they had been our favorites the first time around.
I love the sculpture of the breadline at the FDR memorial.
Some of our favorite quotes from the FDR memorial:
We went to the National Portrait Gallery, the Holocaust Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum, the National Archives, walked to the Capital, walked around the Washington Monument (it’s still closed due to the earthquake), and the National Gallery. I was in MUSEUM HEAVEN!
We also met up with Caleb’s friend, Reed, who works at the Capital. We had dinner at a local pub and a great time just hanging out and catching up.
Be sure to head over to Flicker for all of the photos!
On the last day, we went to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. But that’s tomorrow’s post! Happy Thursday!