Monday, May 9, 2011

Getaway (Part 2: Capital City)

So this is the sequel to my Getaway (Part 1: Sleepless in Seattle) post. I had a great 3 week trip with my mum and sister. We visited so many amazing spots, monuments AND I finally met a few dear friends (that's another post).

Onto the second week. We spent it in... Washington D.C.(!) Though we didn't have as much time to explore the city as we did during our last visit, we still managed to visit the main monuments in the city, with the exception of the White House. After 5 1/2 hours of walking, we'd had it and opted to walk back to the subway station and head back to where we were staying instead of walking to the White House. Another year, aye.

Now, brace yourselves, this is a some-what picture heavy post. Commentary will follow each 'set' of pictures.

The first stop on our day out was the Smithsonian Mall. It is home to all the major museums (African Arts, Air & Space, Natural History Museum et al.) and serves at the gateway to all the major attractions in D.C. 

The Washington Memorial. 

The Lincoln Memorial has over the years, witnessed many important events. In 1963(?) it was the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his ever-so-famous 'I Have A Dream' speech in front of thousands of  Americans. And not too long ago (Jan 2009) it was the very spot where the first African American president of the United States of America was sworn into office while millions of people stood witness on the grounds of the monument, the smithsonian mall and around the globe. Now that's a story to tell when we're old and grey!

Last but certainly not least, 5 hours of walking came to an end here:

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Situated along the Potomac River, it is home to the statue of one of the founding fathers of America. With great views of the Washington Memorial, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, it was the perfect place to end a very busy and fun day with my favorite travel companions. 

I started to miss the city as soon as we left it. My visits there have been among the best trips i've been on in my 23 years. I certainly look forward to going there again, and taking in more of the city's sites. 

Until my final 'Getaway' post, wishing you all a marvelous week! 



Anonymous said...

OH memories! I used to live in DC because I went to uni there for 4 years. These pictures bring back so many memories. DC is so beautiful when the weather is must have done a lot of walking haha! I'm glad you enjoyed it sis.


-Amina said...

Oh nice! :) It's an amazing city, quite enchanting! I honestly cannot till i go there again. I, too, have great memories in that city.


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