Monday, April 21, 2008

There's no place like home

I'm back from my very quick trip to D.C.! It was so great seeing my brother and sister-in-law and their very cute condo. I tell ya, when Jake & I lived in a place that small, it didn't look 10% as cute as what they've done for decorating. I'm very impressed!

Washington D.C. is quickly becoming one of my most fave places to visit. There is so much history there and as I grow older, I've really started developing a love of architecture. I'm especially enthralled with buildings that have tremendous historical significance. D.C., of course, has no shortage of monuments, which are neat to visit, but it's buildings like the National Cathedral and the Smithsonian Castle that I'm just in love with. Thankfully, I got glimpses of both before I headed back home. We visited a really cool museum about the history of news and how it's delivered. It is appropriately named the Newseum. We also visited the National Portrait Gallery. My favorite part of that adventure was a courtyard that they've constructed in the middle of the buildings. It has a very cool water feature that several kids (and adults) were having lots of fun with, while we watched.

After 32 hours of being away from home, I was welcomed with hugs and kisses from everyone (including our new dog), which reminds why "There's no place like home". Enjoy these few pics from the trip!
The National Cathedral

The Courtyard in the National Portrait Gallery

My Sis-in-law, Justine, playing in the fountain

My "little" brother & I on top of the Newseum with the Capitol in the background

The Washington Monument


Angela said...

Looks like a wonderful trip! I still can't believe how old Mike is. That's just crazy!

Angie said...

I really did have a good time. I'm looking forward to the day when I can take the girls and check out lots of museums and really be the tacky tourist who rides those silly tour buses. Ha ha! And I too cannot believe how old Mike is. He's so grown up!

Kat said...

I love DC. There is just so much to do there...and so much of it is free. There is still so much I haven't explored...and I want to go back when my kiddos are older so we can go to the Holocaust museum.

The last time I was there was when my grandfather died...and we had the funeral at Arlington. What an amazing funeral. With the caisons and the bugler and the 21 gun salute and the cannons and the fly over. It was a big WOW.

Angie said...

Kat, you're totally right. There is TONS to do and the fact that most of it is free is AWESOME!

I can't imagine what a funeral at Arlington must be like. I get chills thinking about the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, so I know an actual funeral must be something really amazing.

Rhea said...

I love visiting D.C. also. We were there last year around this time, and it was a very short, quick visit, but I loved it. It was my first time to take the boys, and I think they enjoyed it also. :o)

Rhea said...

Wow, Kat, I'm sorry about your grandfather, but how awesome to experience a full-blown funeral in Arlington Cemetary like that.


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