Sunday, July 27, 2008

Washington Monument, Lincoln Monument and the Mall

If you're going to visit Washington DC anytime soon, I suggest you get online and order your tickets for the monument, it saves you some time in line and ensures you get a spot. You can have them sent to you for a small fee or you can have them ready at the ticket office. The monuments and the Smithsonian are all free.
view of the White House from the Washington Monument. We were stuck up there for awhile. Someone had left a cooler with their stroller so the police had to come and check it out before more people could go up and we could come back down.

It's hard to grasp how grand the statue of Lincoln is until you go. The whole structure is white, and pristine, it's beautiful and I imagine very peaceful when it is not crawling with tourists.


I thought it was so interesting in how it represents the amount of international visitors to the Smithsonian. We, of course, given who my husband is, visited the Air and Space Museum. We didn't have time for the Art or American history museums which really would have been more my speed....next time. I think you could spend a month here and not see all of the museums.

This tree was in a sculpture garden on the Mall. You write down a wish and place it on the tree. There were some very beautiful sentiments. Jake wished for an end to global warming (and really, I had no idea he has even thought of that) he even drew a car with smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe with an x through it. Isaac wished for the end to hunger for children. That was with some prompting from me. He first wished for a DS game then we had to have an explanation of what a wish for the global good would be.....

We are now off for brunch and then the plane, I can honestly say that, while I've had a wonderful time visiting our Nation's capital and the nation's beginnings, I'm glad to be headed home. Tomorrow I'll post our White House Pictures then back to my mundane postings and of course catching up with all my friends, blogging and in the hood.


5 comments:

ganelle said...

I just LOVE all the history of that area. We used to take trips down to DC area 2x a year. I just LOVE it!

So funny about being at the airport on the wrong day! Hey, you had EVERYTHING else all organized!

tz said...

yeah, but this flub up is what people are going to remember

Sitting in Silence said...

What a beautiful idea...having a wish tree....

Great photo's...

xoxo

tz said...

sis---i thought so too

Ali said...

Too funny about trying to leave on the wrong day! And don't worry, it happens to the best of us :)
Great pics, and that Wish Tree is a fantastic idea, such a beautiful show of humans at their best.