A D.C. Affair

 

  • First encounter

My flight to Kansas City, Missouri via Detroit, Michigan was indefinitely delayed. I was rerouted to Washington D.C. with a stop-over in Minneapolis-St. Paul. During the taxi ride from Charlottesville, Virginia to Reagan International Airport, I was able to get a glimpse of the city’s landmark. Sightings: the tip of Washington Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, and the Pentagon.

  • Second encounter

Being the headquarters of one of the worlds most powerful country, Washington D.C. has a lot of touristy landmarks. Being just a bus ride from Charlottesville, Virginia, my roommates and I did not want to go home to Manila and miss going to this great city. We decided to go at the last minute – around 2am. We did not have bus tickets nor itineraries. So at 3am, we took a taxi for the Greyhound bus terminal. What is normally a two hour drive, turned into a 5-hour bus ride. Since we sort of like hitched a ride, the three of us were seated separately. Places visited: National Capitol, American-Indian Museum, National Museum of Natural History, Washington Memorial, White House. Sightings: Lincoln Memorial.

  • Third Encounter

All my bags were packed, I was ready to go, or so I thought. I got extended for another one and a half month. My new roommate and I headed to Washington D.C. for my third visit and her first time. Places visited: Holocaust Museum, National Mall, Washington Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, White House, Old Post Office, Library of Congress, and National Capitol.

For some reason, I kept on coming back to this city. On those occasions, these are the touristy spots that I think make The District grand:

   

Holocaust Museum

With a limited time, you would not be able to cover the whole museum. Nevertheless, a visit to at least one museum would be an interesting start of your tour. By the way, all national museums have no entrance fees.

   

Washington Memorial

Built to commemorate the first US President, it is the tallest structure in Washington D.C. The reason being: the building code restricted  new building heights to no more than 20 feet (6.1 m) greater than the width of the adjacent street.

  Washington Memorial             

World War II Memorial

One of the inscription in the eastern corner: 

 

the inscription 

 

World War II Memorial

 

Vietnam War Memorial

 Also known as “The Wall,” it was built as a memorial to those who served in the war, both living and dead. It was built entirely with private funds contributed by corporation, unions, veterans, civic organizations, and individual Americans. There are now 58,261 names listed on the Memorial. The names are arranged in chronological order, according to the date of casualty within each day, with the names alphabetized.

 The Wall

 

Lincoln Memorial

Dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, the memorial was designed based on a greek temple with each column representing one state of the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death. This was the venue of US President Barack Obama’s inaugural speech. A great view of the Washington Memorial may be seen from the top of the stairs in front of the memorial.

 

Lincoln Memorial     

view from the Lincoln Memorial

 

White House

The official residence of the President of the United States of America. A glimpse of the white-painted Georgian-style home along Pennsylvania Avenue NW should not be missed.

 White House

 

Old Post Office Pavilion

Washington’s first skyscraper. Due to its great setting, the old post office is now a venue for special events. On ordinary days, it is crowded with tourists as well as Congresspersons who enjoy international cuisine.  There are even several filipino shops to satisfy your craving for some filipino adobo. 

 

Old Post Office Pavilion 

Library of Congress

Book lovers and readers alike would truly be amazed with the largest library in the world. To be able to enter the Reading Room, though, you should possess a Reader Identification Card and to be able to borrow items, you should be a member of Congress, Supreme Court Justice, a staff, a Library of Congress staff or a government official. Good Luck!

 

United States Capitol

Officially, each side is the “front.” Historically, however, the east front was the side used to welcome visitors and dignitaries. This is the meeting place of the United States Congress.

 

Capitol

 

When there is an opportunity to drop by The District, grab it. Every corner is candy to the eyes. Your cameras will be very happy.

 

for more photos

second encounter

third encounter

 

 

 

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~ by Happy Sole on January 26, 2010.

4 Responses to “A D.C. Affair”

  1. i love DC! thanks for the nice post =)

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