Trip Start Dec 26, 2011
45Trip End Feb 11, 2012
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what was a much warmer day (how our perception of warmth has changed). We went
past Franklin D Roosevelt's memorial – at his request it is no bigger than his
desk with only his name inscribed. We then went past the Capitol, it was
closing at 12pm today due to the State of the Union address tonight, which I so
happened to watch and forced Paul to watch some of, so fascinating to see the
reactions politics brings out in people here.
We had a great view of Union Station – with its gold dome
ceilings and the Smithsonian Castle
the non-FDR approved monument that the city commissioned after his death. We
stopped to go through the Lincoln memorial, there is the most ginormous statue
of him inside with some of his most famous speeces – including the Gettysburg
address on the inside walls. The Korean war memorial is also located here and
put together really well.
From there we headed to Arlington Cemetary, the land covers
1100 acres, so it is absolutely massive. We made our way through the Cemetary
to see JF and Jacqui Kennedy’s head stones, we also got to see the changing of the guard at the tomb of
the Unknown Soldier which is an extremely solemn process and fantastic to see.
From the cemetery Paul dragged me back to the Natural History
museum so he could touch some of the moon rock and make me watch a dinosaur
movie – so nap time. We decided that we were all museumed out and spent our
evening at the cinema seeing Sherlock Holmes.