September 6th, 2006 – by: SpunkyLilBoo
The US Navy Memorial
Well, I didn't sleep all that well last night so I got a later start today than I had originally hoped. Dan and I visited the Austin Grill for lunch before he had to head off to work. We both ordered sandwiches and boy were they great. By the time I finished mine I didn't even want to touch my salad! The atmosphere was really laid back which was really nice and the staff was extremely friendly. While seating us the host knocked the pepper shaker off the table and it broke. While he ran to grab a broom nearly every server walked past the table to make some sort of joke about it. We read that they have a late night happy hour from 10 to midnight so I'm sure we'll be stopping back there!
After Dan left for work I walked around the area to check things out.
At the US Navy Memorial
Last night we spotted some blue fountains just a couple blocks away so I went to see what they were. Turns out it was the US Navy Memorial. There was a really cool wall with relief sculptures that detailed achievements in the Navy. After snapping away with my camera, I headed across the street to the National Archives building. Along the way I caught I really great view of the Capital Building in the distance. I nearly got taken out by a crazy taxi driver in the process, but the picture turned out great! Once inside the National Archives I visited the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom where the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution are all kept along with several other pivitol historical documents. Unfortunately since the light must be kept low to protect the quality of the papers, my camera didn't get a lot of clear pictures.
At the US Navy Memorial
After the rotunda I visited the Public Vaults. This area was not open the last time I was in DC so it was a new experience for me. The Vaults consisted of different documents of historical interest such as letters to the president, the arrest report of Rosa Parks, Albert Einstein's immigration paper's and a lot more. One of the most amusing exhibits I saw was a letter written by a young Fidel Castro to President Roosevelt asking for a $10 bill because he had never seen one before. Actually I probably would have missed it if it were not for one of the security guards who pointed it out. One of the things which surprised me most was how knowledgable all the security guards were about specifics on most of the exhibits and their history. They made great impromptu guides!
I didn't want to explore too much today. I've got 2 weeks so I really want to spread everything out so I don't feel rushed. Tomorrow Dan doesn't go into work until late so I'm planning out a trip that he can go along on as well.
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