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.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

They are amazing, aren't they? Truly.


Sheila :-)

P.S. My father thought the White House was the ugliest building in DC. ;-)

Bernie said...

The time change doesn't seem to be bothering you at all.....great!
Enjoy that beautifull city, as a Canadian it is one of my favorite places......:-) Hugs

Liz said...

You certainly packed a lot into the first night. No sign of David Cameron at the White House then? He travelled the same day as you!!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Trust me, we locals are suffering in the humidity, we just look better because we are very good at hiding in the air conditioning as much as possible. At least you missed the 101 degree weather of the past couple weeks! :)

humel said...

Stunning photos, Ruth. Thanks for sharing your trip with us! xx