My last post had some highlights of the Army 10 Miler Race in Washington, DC.
I wanted to show you all some of the other things that my friend, Tracy and I did while we visited the Nations Capitol.
This was my first trip to DC and I was so impressed. It is an absolutely beautiful city. My friend, Robin Merriman lives in the area and she gave me some great tips and suggested a few fun places to eat.
I was delighted to learn that, all monuments, museums and memorials were free admission! So, we crammed in as much as we could in the 3 days that we were there.
First stop was the Capitol Building, which to my dismay, was under scaffolding. The roof had 1,000's of leaks we were told, and they were repairing it, inside and out. Its such a grand and stunning piece of architecture even under re-construction.
Next, we ventured over to the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. I was surprised at how small the courtroom was. It was a grand building, but only a few seats were assembled inside the courtroom doors.
The Library of Congress is a must see. This is one building that we didn't originally plan to visit. However, I think this was the second most beautiful of all buildings in DC. I will show you my #1 pick, later in this post.
Of course there is the stunning Washington Monument, built to commemorate our first president.
It is 555' ft tall with 897 steps. No, we did not climb the steps. But you can if you wish to. We didn't wish to. You can see part of the World War II Memorial in the foreground and the Capitol Building in the background.
Abraham Lincoln is my favorite President, and I was in awe of this fabulous Memorial. Its just so breathtaking when standing in front of it. Photos don't do it, or any of the monuments or memorials justice.
Here we are in back of The White House. I actually thought this was the "front" of The White House but, we were told that this is the rear entrance.
Here's the front. There were Secret Service men guarding all entrances.
This is the Korean War Veterans Memorial. If you look close, you can see actual etchings of the men and women who served.
The National Museum of Natural History is the second most visited museum in the world. This is the home of the Hope Diamond and also where "Night at the Museum" was filmed.
We saw so many historical sites. The Jefferson Monument, World War II Memorial, Union Station Plaza, Constitution Gardens, Department of Treasury, The Blair House, Embassy Row, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, Watergate Buildings, the Kennedy Center, National Air and Space Museum, The National Archives, Fords Theatre, the home where Lincoln died and we even cruised on the Potomac. There are just too many photos to post, but no less important than the others.
A huge perk of site seeing, is that we got a LOT of exercise. We walked over 12 miles a day. That was on top of riding the Metro and a tour bus.
One of the most moving statues was the U.S Marine Corps War Memorial, which is also more famously known as the Battle of Hiroshima Monument. Our guide told us a story about each of the men raising the flag.
Its also quite amazing that the flag seems to raise up as we walk around the statue.
We did enjoy some great food while in DC. My friend Robin, mentioned Old Ebbitt Grill and Clyde's of Georgetown, however both had long lines and it was late, so we had to choose other places to dine. I'm sure those are fabulous places to eat, hence the long lines. There's always next time.
We did have a great meal at the Orange Anchor, along the Potomac River. This was the Lobster Roll. So delicious!
Of course, we HAD to visit Georgetown Cupcakes. So pretty and so yummy.
One last stop on our way home. The breathtaking, National Cathedral. My #1 pick for most beautiful building in DC.
If you haven't visited our nations Capitol, I strongly suggest that you put it on your bucket list. I intend to go back again some day to see and learn even more of the glorious history of our country.
I don't want to leave you just yet. It just wouldn't be fair if I didn't post a cute stamped project, right?
Well, here's an adorable Snowman card that I stamped yesterday. I used one of my favorite stamp sets from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, "Snow Place."
No fussy cutting needed on this card. I used the coordinating, Snow Friends Framelits Dies to cut out all the images. A dab of crystal effects on the nose, arms, holly and buttons to make them shine.
I topped this off with a super cute bow using the 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler.
I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my trip to Washington, DC and a little stampin' inspiration from my cute snowman card.
Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!