2.8.09 Smithsonian Museums and the Monuments
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Today, we again walked until our bodies gave up! There are not many unhealthy people around here for a reason!
It could not have been prettier today and we enjoyed our short-sleeved shirts with our light jackets tied around our waists.
Smithsonian: We started at the “Castle’ for info on the 17 Smithsonian Museums. They have an overview in the back room of all the various museums, although I would not have figured that out on my own as they were not clearly labeled by museum name, but we enjoyed the displays.
Did you know that the money bequeathed for the start of the Smithsonian Museums was given by Mr. Smithson, who never even visited the
It was so pretty outside that we got popcorn from a street vendor and walked up to the
The walk down the mall to the Lincoln Memorial appears deceptively close. The reflecting pool, while not quite so lovely up close, made a nice walkway on its edging to see
The WWII Memorial had the water shut off in the fountain for winter but all was redeemed when we found
We finally made it to the magnificent statue of Lincoln Memorial, then enjoyed the commanding view from the top of the steps, and pet the police horses nearby on the way down the hill.
The Korean War and Vietnam Memorials on either side of the Lincoln Memorial are very sad and moving. There were a few notes with pictures left at the foot of the Vietnam Memorial, noting that a loved one had been killed exactly 40 years ago today. There are so many people still hurting from the effects of that war, and other wars of course. War is sad.
Then we walked up to the White House, reveling in its magnificent beauty. It really is gorgeous! We were so hoping to get a view of an Obama family member, but no luck. It did just give me shivers of joy to know that nice family is in residence now!
The White House Visitor’s Center had just closed. We missed out on the White House Tour because we didn’t make a request 1 month in advance. Actually, during this timeframe, they’re not giving tours until mid-February since the Obamas just moved there, but if you’re planning on going, contact your Senators (and maybe Representatives too) at least a month in advance. Hopefully they can put together a group of 10 or more on a tour.
With an hour left before nearly all the Smithsonians closed at 5:30, we walked two blocks to the
Also, 10’ of the right side of the flag is gone because it was distributed as souvenir gifts by the owner over time. “Hi, welcome. Would you like a strip from my flag?” That is a different kind of hostess gift for sure! But the family’s gift of the flag to the museum was generous and the painstaking restoration well-done.
We also enjoyed
The First Ladies’ inauguration dresses did not yet include Mrs. Obamas and in fact, there were only about 10 dresses on display. But they were dazzling and the displays in all the museums are of course, first class.
Americans can be really proud of our
We think that one more day of touring will allow us to see the
I admit that we are very tired. We need better shoes with more support. Cities are tiring. We cannot see all that we’d like, but I do think we’re getting to see the best of the best on this overview tour. Hopefully, we’ll have opportunity to tour in future years.
It has been a terrific trip to our nation’s capital- better than I had dared hope!