Monday, September 1, 2014

Highlights Day 4 Washington DC

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August 2014 - Washington DC

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Another hot one!! We decide to skip using the Big Bus HOHO even though we still have some time on our 48 hour ticket. We walk faster and get more done than hanging around waiting for the bus.

Our first planned stop was the World War II Memorial. But we were easily distracted as we walked along.

The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is located next to the West Wing, and houses a majority of offices for White House staff. Originally built for the State, War and Navy Departments between 1871 and 1888, the EEOB is an impressive building that commands a unique position in both our national history and architectural heritage.

 Around the back.

Walking down 17 St. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is one of the oldest privately supported cultural institutions in Washington, DC. The museum's main focus is American art.

In memory of the heroic women of the civil war

In memory of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Organization of the American States or the OAS or OEA, is an inter-continental organization founded on 30 April 1948, for the purposes of regional solidarity and cooperation among its member states. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. the OAS's members are the 35 independent states of the Americas.

 We cross Constitution at 17th and head to the World War II Memorial. More photos to come!

Across the Mall to the Holocaust Museum.

 An upsdie down house work memorializes the children who perished during the Holocaust and is accompanied by an excerpt of a poem written by a child in the Terezin ghetto in Czechoslovakia:

Until, after a long, long time,
I’d be well again.
Then I’d like to live
And go back home again.

Shapiro likens the overturned house to the subversion of the universal symbol of security, comfort, and continuity.

Click here to read about our visit to Terezin in the Czech republic.

We grab a quick hot dog after running into this guy.

A short cut through the gardens on our way to the Air and Space Museum.

 From here we decide we should walk to the Capital since we've never been up close with it.

Outside the Museum of Indian Art.

 Then we have the bright idea to walk to the Irish Times a pub we had visited in 1987 when we were last here. We had driven past it on our way to Union Station on Tuesday.

Spotted on the way.

The Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II is a memorial and monument designed by Davis Buckley and Japanese American artist Nina Akamu. The work is located at Louisiana Avenue and D Street. The memorial commemorates Japanese American war involvement, veterans and patriotism during World War II, as well as those held in Japanese American internment camps.

The memorial consists of two Japanese cranes caught in barbed wire on top of a tall pedestal made of green Vermont marble.

Originally known as The Commodore, the hotel was renamed in honor of Dublin Ireland's 1,760-acre Phoenix Park. Original Property Opened: 1922.

We settled on the pub next door, The Dubliner, as it had a bigger patio.

We decided to take a cab back to the hotel!!

In most of the city, the streets are set out in a grid pattern with east–west streets named with letters (e.g., C Street SW) and north–south streets with numbers (e.g., 4th Street NW). Two avenues, Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue, line each side of the Mall.
There is no J Street in any quadrant. This is because, until the mid-nineteenth century, the letters "I" and "J" were indistinguishable when written. Following that same idea, "I" Street is often written as "Eye" Street, to distinguish it from the letter "L" and the numeral "1".

We strolled to Georgetown for dinner, Italian.


Song-ography Sep 2

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out 

High - Young Rising Sons

August 2014 - Washington DC

Not a song I'd heard before nor did the lyrics speak to me. So I went to the dictionary and decided to use photos from our recent trip to Washington DC, as these synonyms for HIGH made me think of the majestic monuments and memorials we saw.

of great vertical extent.
synonyms: tall, lofty, towering, soaring, elevated, giant, big
near to the top of a real or notional list in order of rank or importance.
synonyms: high-ranking, high-level, leading, top, top-level, prominent, preeminent, foremost, senior

Washington Monument - of great vertical extent

Department of Justice - high level, foremost, senior

Einstein - giant, leading, preeminent

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August 2014 - Washington DC

DC Day 2

DC Day 1

Our frustration with the Big Bus HOHO continued this morning (we had bought a 48 hour ticket) as we waited and waited and waited outside the hotel stop at Washington Circle, another thirty minutes wasted. Finally it came and we rode it to Union Station to pick up the another yellow line to take us to the green line.

More shots of Union Station - it is so stunning!
Look at that china blue sky!!!

Finaaly I managed a shot of this sculpture, behind the Columbus sculpture, a 2.1 scale replica of the Liberty Bell. The bell, which was founded by Petit und Fritsen, weighs 8 tons and has a support structure of post and beam style with two concrete shafts.

Our main goal this morning with John humouring me was the Washington Cathedral.

This part of the yellow line was new to us and it definitely merits another visit, on foot, but that will be on another trip.

This trip to the green line is taking longer than we expected and now this!!!
Overexposed but it is almost noon!
To the left of the photo is the White House and the police cars has stopped traffic and the crowds gathered as Obama is expected.

So we wait in the hot blistering sun...
These ladies were visiting from England.

Finally, we move. I guess Obama was running late? Blue umbrellas are the Willard Hotel where we had lunch yesterday.

 Dupont Circle, not really far from our hotel, where I would also like to spend more time.

Lots and lots of food trucks to select your lunch.

Finally! We get to the stop for the green line and there is actually a trolley waiting for us. Not really great for photos as there isn't an upstairs.

Adams Morgan is yet another cool area that I'd go back to investigate. It is considered the center of Washington's Hispanic immigrant community, and is a major night life area with many bars and restaurants, particularly along 18th Street (the primary commercial district) and Columbia Road. Much of the neighborhood is composed of 19th- and early 20th-century row houses and apartment buildings.

We make a stop and the Zoo, which is part of the Smithsonian, so it is free!!! A couple of passengers get on, totally frustrated with the long wait.

After another loop around the Morgan Adams area we finally get to the cathedral around 12:15 and the driver says she will be back at 1:00. So off we go to explore the cathedral which I will feature in a future inSPIREd Sunday post.

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, operated under the more familiar name of Washington National Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church.

 Quelle surprise! We are waiting at the trolley stop at 12:50 and one doesn't arrive until 1:20, not the driver who said she'd be back at 1!!

 We are now hungry and aggravated as decide to get off at the first area that shows some restaurants. We take a tour along Embassy Row before we get back to the stop for the yellow line outside the Hilton hotel.

Lovely homes in rock Creek

We get off at the second stop in Georgetown.

FOOD! It is again gone 2 PM.

Warm pretzels with mustard!

 We share the Charcuterie Board - Cured Meats/Chef's Gourmet Cheeses/ House Made Assorted Pickles/Whole Grain Beer Mustard/ Dijon Apricot Mustard which was more than enough for both of us. It was all delicious, especially the cheeses.

A short stroll through Georgetown, it was very hot and I am not interested in shopping in the same stores we have at home.

Amazing a bus shows up within five minutes. We get off near the Natural History Museum and enjoy the air conditioning.

John needs to make sure his elephant still dominates the lobby.

We walk back to the hotel along Pennsylvania Ave.

 Which takes us to the front of the White House.

Oh, looks like someone is expected home, as the secret service start blocking even more of the street of making us veer off our course.

American Revolutionary War hero, General Comte de Rochambeau, in Lafayette Park stands right, and I mean RIGHT) in from of the White House.

We put our feet up for a while and then decided we would walk over to the BTS, Brugers, Taps and Shakes for dinner just across on Washington Circle.

This is a very casual, inexpensive burger joint. You walk in place your order and find a table. However, if you sit at the bar you are served.