Washington DC by night
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After my visit to the Great Falls Park earlier today, checking in at the hotel in Rockland (MD), and dinner it had become late and dark. I decided to drive to DC for a quick impression. My Tomtom sent me via a very surprising route. I had expected do drive via express ways through areas with industry, offices, residential buildings and lots of light. The road however took me via a dark forest, and a nice rural area. At some point I thought I was driving in France.
I arrived behind the Lincoln Memorial and could drive straight ahead onto the Mall. After driving around for a few minutes I found a nice parking spot, almost next to the famous Washington Monument. This 169-meter (555 ft) high monument was opened in 1884 after a construction period of almost 36 years.
I walked around for some time enjoying the view on the Washington Needle, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, and the World War II Memorial.
The latter is an impressive plaza of 103 m (337 ft) by 73 m (240 ft) filled with two semicircles consisting of 5-meter (17 ft) high pillars, one pillar for each US state or territory. (Hawaii and Alaska were not yet states at the time of WOII.) This all completed with ponds and magnificent fountains. Very impressive.
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