Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Washington DC Part 2


After visiting the WWII memorial we started walking along the reflecting pool towards the Lincoln memorial.
As we neared the reflecting pool we noticed a bunch of large pictures displayed all around. We learned that they were part of an exhibit in collaboration with the Holocaust museum (read image below.)

The exhibit was very interesting. Unfortunately on the day we were there the weather was windy and rainy and quite a few of the pictures had blown over. 

Every image had a bit of information about the person who was photographed. Some had nothing, some had very short descriptions, and others had long lists of all they had been through. It was incredibly moving to see the images and read what these people had gone through. 
The Lincoln memorial was pretty crowded (the inside area was), so we just walked up the steps, took a few pictures and then headed over to the Korean war memorial.
It started raining pretty good at this point and we were not really dressed for rain. We had rain coats, but none of us wore shoes that were appropriate for the weather. We had brought an umbrella with us in our suitcase, but of course we had forgotten to bring it with us this day!
The rain started to let up as we left the Korean war memorial, so we started walking over to the White House. But as we reached the White House the rain started coming down pretty hard. 

We were a bit surprised at the fact you couldn't get very close to the White House anymore. When we visited 10 years ago you could walk right up to the fence, but now there were two different barriers which put you about 10 feet away from the fence itself.

We quickly took our pictures before hurrying into a nearby gift shop to get out of the rain. 
After spending some time in the gift shop, we decided to go find someplace to eat lunch. There was a Pret nearby so we just decided to eat there.

After a late lunch we just wandered around a bit as we made our way along Pennsylvania Avenue. 

We made sure to stop by Paul bakery, a place we enjoyed when we were in France, for some French treats before going over to the Air & Space museum.

The museum was pretty crowded and we kind of just wandered through the exhibits without spending too much time there.
The last thing we did was visit the Capitol building. When we visited 10 years ago we never did make it up here, so it was neat to finally see it up close. 

There were a few people in the front of the Capitol taking pictures, but we walked around the backside and there was no one there. So if you are visiting the Capitol, make sure you walk to the back as well!
It was getting late, as well as cold and windy by the time we finished with our pictures at the Capitol. We ended up just deciding to go eat dinner.

We went to Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill, which, despite having good review, was extremely disappointing. Definitely do not recommend eating there! 

Anyways, we had a fun day in DC and even though we walked a lot (12 miles!) and saw a lot, there is still SO much more to see and do!

Have you ever visited Washington DC?
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