Monday, 8 July 2013

Postcard from Washington D.C.

Early on a Sunday and there actually wasn't a crowd outside the White House - the day before it was hard to move out here!

A few weekends ago we went to Washington D.C. for 3 nights.  We realise now that we should have planned a whole week there, but we'll just have to go back sometime!!  There really is that much to see and do.

Great scaffolding on the Washington Monument!

The weather didn't really play ball for our trip - we either got soaked (probably the wettest I've ever been fully clothed!) or got sunburn.  The humidity was tiring and the crowds were horrendous.  But we'll happily go back!

WWII Memorial

Part of the Korean War Memorial

We did a lot of walking.  On the day we did the National Mall and Arlington my Fitbit (similar to a pedometer) recorded almost 25,000 steps ... that's a lot of steps!  

Lincoln Memorial


Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery is huge.  We only managed to see a small part of it before the rain hit which is why I don't have a photo of the tomb of the unknown soldier (we saw the tomb but the rain was bouncing so hard I didn't want to get my camera out - it's hard with an umbrella in one hand!!).

Columbia Memorial

We seemed to be in museums when the weather was nice and outside when it wasn't - completely the wrong way round!  I didn't take my camera with me when we were visiting museums as it's far too heavy to carry around all day since I had that problem with my neck / arm last year - so I have fewer photos than normal.

In terms of museums we visited the American History Museum, the Air and Space Museum and we had a quick look at some of the side exhibitions in the Holocaust Museum.  The Air and Space Museum took up almost one whole day and was excellent - we have to go back to D.C. just to see the other part of the museum out near Dulles!!  The Smithsonian is fabulous - I'm sure it would take a long time to visit each of their museums and galleries!

No sooner were we back than it was the long Independence Day weekend.  In St. Louis that meant three days of air shows, firework displays and live entertainment.  

The sun was out and everyone had a good time.  Now it's back to normality - this is going to seem like a very long week!!!


  1. Sounds like you packed a lot in during your visit, despite the weather!

    Great photo of the Air Show too.

  2. You are really getting around this summer Fiona! I hope your 'normality' won't seem too boring..or maybe it's just time for a break..enjoy your weekend!

  3. I love that you are visiting as many places as you can while you are here. I have never been to Washington D.C. Thanks for the tour!

    Cindy Bee