The Nation’s Capital

As I was looking through my post queue, a few days ago, I realized that I had started this post (back when it would’ve been new) and then, with all the craziness of the holidays, I never finished it to post here!  So, without futher ado, I invite you to travel back to November 2009 with me:

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital for a conference.  I had a great time at the conference, and even though it was a short, very packed trip, I got in some sight-seeing as well!  These are watermarked with our family blog watermark, since I posted them there, as well…but I doubt that little piece of information is really all that important.

On my first day, I took a quick walk around my hotel and learned that – in our nation’s capital….

…the foliage is quite pretty (at least in November!)

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…there are different kinds of parking meters…the traditional kind and one that takes credit cards! (I don’t get out much, can you tell?)
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…there are snow emergency routes! Who knew such a thing existed? (It makes sense, but being from the South, it’s not something I have ever thought about.)
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…there are pretty fences…
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…and lots of color
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…there are water hookups for the fire department, right on the buildings
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…there is an elephant with the city transportation map (and a little graffiti) right on it
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…there are windows
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…and the city transportation includes a Metro…
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…and lettered street names.
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The next day of quick sight-seeing took me (and 2 friends) to the Mall…

I am fascinated with the Washington Monument…

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I had hoped to be able to get a good photo of the reflecting pool (between the Washington monument & Lincoln memorial) but wouldn’t you know…it was completely dry! I guess that some construction is going on and the pool had to be drained.

I’ve been to Washington, D.C. several times, but not since the World War II Memorial was built. It is phenomenal…the photos really don’t do it justice!

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Next, we visited President Lincoln…
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And the Korean War Memorial….
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…which bears a very important reminder for all of us.
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Next, we headed to the Vietnam War Memorial…
vietnam memorial…And then over to Pennsylvania Avenue, but the White House had some sort of stage being constructed on the front lawn, so we couldn’t really see it well. So, we settled for seeing the National Christmas tree instead…

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What a great trip…and there’s almost no better place to visit on a crisp, American, autumn day!

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