We had one full day to enjoy Washington, DC, so we bought our Metro passes and went straight to the Capitol Building. Of course, we weren't smart enough to realize that they wouldn't let us in with our water bottles. Oh, our beloved SIGG bottles. We had to put them in the trash can and walk away. I almost cried. I love my SIGG! I thought this was the cruelest thing ever.
This was our first view of the Capitol Building, from the back.
This looks like a sculpture, but it's really a painting. Way up close to the top of the building!
Here's the front of the building
Anyway, I got over it, and we joined a tour of the building. It was really neat to see some of the history of the US, though as a Canadian, some of it was a little over the top with all the patriotic stuff. Whatever, we took what we wanted from the whole experience. Oh, and we were able to retrieve our water bottles from the trash :) What a relief
Of course, Keith is a huge history kind of guy, and also loves museums, so we decided (reluctantly on my part) to trudge down the whole row of Smithsonian Museums. Wow. Did I mention that it was SMOKIN' hot outside? Oh it was awful.
We stopped at the Space and Flight Museum (I think that's what it is called). Keith knew what every thing was, and had a great time looking around. I just loved the fact that there was air conditioning :) He did educate me on some of the stuff, but I'm not too sure I could remember any of it right now. Oh, except for the cool aircraft thingy that flies over the border... that one I remember!
Here's some perspective for you, my freaky hand!
This is the aircraft that flies over the US/Canada border. It's robotic, not manned.
So, from there, we continued our journey down the path. We popped in at the museum that is in 'Night at the Museum'. Is is the Museum of Natural History? Anyway, we thought it was cool, but didn't feel like walking around too much longer, so we kept it to the main floor. Oh, does anyone remember a fatal shooting at the Holocost Memorial Museum? Yeah, that was the day we were out and about. We never made it that far, but we experienced some very tight security wherever we went for the rest of the afternoon.
You may recognize this scene from the movie Night at the Museum. Big 'ol pile of loot!
We did stop at the White House. But you know how far away the gate is from the house? Um, really far. We had to zoom in really far to get a decent picture. And here I am in front of the gate, in all my sweaty glory. Yuck.
This is zoomed in... a lot!
One of our favorite places that we ate the whole time we were gone was in Washington, just a couple blocks from our hotel. Anyone ever heard of the Epicurean and Co? Awesome. Like a yummy, beautiful buffet, but you pay per pound instead of one flat rate. Makes you more conscious of what you actually put on your plate, and going back for seconds isn't quite so tempting. Great for portion control! And the food was amazing. Tons of fresh fruit and salad stuff. There was also sushi, but I stay away from that stuff. It scares me. But we sat next to a table full of sushi eaters. They were interesting too. Wish I had some pictures.
Our last morning in Washington, we ate some breakfast at Epicurean and Co and then went to tour the Washington Cathedral. That was probably one of my favorite stops on our trip. Unfortunately, we had spent too much time WALKING the day before, and we missed hearing the choir sing at evening Mass. I think I cried. I love choirs. I love listening to choirs. I love singing in choirs. And it's been a long time. Anyway, I'm not going to dwell on the negative. We loved seeing all the different chapels, seeing the modern stained glass, and experiencing a totally different style of church than we are used to.
This is just one angle. The church is massive.
It's so hard to get good pictures inside!
I could bore you with our super duper long drive home, but I will just say this. I don't like Chicago. I don't like driving at a crawl pace through Chicago for HOURS! Not fun at all. And it was ugly and dirty. Next time we will find a different route home. We did get some lovely pictures of the Sears Tower. We had about an hour where we were close enough to see it :)
And since the cat is sort of out of the bag, I guess I won't have a chance to tell all of my family in person :) (It's OK, anonymous, but maybe next time you could leave your name so I know who you are.) We ended up bringing a very tiny souvenir home with us... due to arrive February 26th, 2010!