Washington DC: Day 2
I figured it’s time for another post about our recent trip to DC. Yesterday Joseph asked, “Did we fly somewhere recently? I feel like we did, but I can’t remember.” He’s already forgetting the trip we took just a couple months ago–further proving my point that I need to take lots of photos of our travels!
Photographing our trips is what began me on the path to becoming serious about photography. I bought a DSLR years ago so I could try to document our time living in Europe. And I’m so glad I did, even if the photos weren’t so great the first few years–I still look through those photos often.
We started the day one of the best ways possible, in my opinion–breakfast of a bagel with lox!
After breakfast we visited Ford’s Theatre and the home across the street where Lincoln died, the Peterson House. The rooms remain as they were when at the time of Lincoln’s death and are very eerie. On the upper levels of the house are a few really well-done exhibits. A large spiral staircase is flanked around this gigantic stack of books written about Lincoln.
As we were walking towards the Mall we were stopped by security. All the locals were annoyed, but we waited around about 10 minutes to see the presidential motorcade driving down Pennsylvania Avenue!
The motorcade interrupted our schedule a bit, so we had to rush through the National Air and Space Museum. It was really exciting, though! I about died when I saw one of Amelia Earhart’s planes and Sally Ride’s uniform.
During school I wrote at least three research essays about Amelia Earhart. We got to choose our topic, and I remember writing two about her in middle school and at least one more in high school. It wasn’t at all laziness on my part–I was just fascinated!
Next up: a tour of the Capitol. We scheduled this tour ahead of time, so we didn’t have to wait in the long lines.
Gorgeous, yeah? After the Capitol tour we went to the Library of Congress, where for the second or third time that day I felt I was going to die of excitement. Special collections heaven!!! I already made a blog post dedicated to it!
Since this post is a bit light, I thought I’d include photos of our hotel. Finding a place to stay wasn’t easy. We were insistent on staying in the city, but prices are so high! We ended up at the Morrison Clark Inn in Chinatown. It was lovely and a quick walk to the subway station. Seriously, after a day there we started thinking how nice it would be to live in the area. Then we looked at real estate prices and changed our minds!
The Morrison Clark Inn is a Victorian mansion built in 1864 and is the only inn in DC listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was charming and reminded me of the equally quaint hotel we stayed in in Paris.