Monday, 19 July 2010
Washington: Evening Stroll
Our hotel is a mere 10 minutes walk from the White House and, after 7 hours on the plane, we were keen to explore. The humidity was amazing, extremely draining after about 20 minutes outside. Annoying to see all the locals looking as fresh as daisies!It was much smaller than I expected it to be and reminded me of a wedding cake. There was no sign of the First Family! From the White House we found our way to the National Mall, where we checked out the Lincoln Memorial. It was packed and difficult to take photos that weren't full of the backs of strangers' heads!I thought that the WW2 Memorial was absolutely awesome. There was a slight rainstorm while we were here, which turned the sky into a fantastic array of colour but did nothing for the humidity. The Vietnam Memorial at the side of the Mall is made from black granite and shows all 58,000 names of those lost in Vietnam between 1959-1975. It's really quite startling because when you look at it, all you can see is a reflection of yourself. I felt as though I was standing in the middle of death.