I figured our first day should be dedicated to seeing as many of the monuments as we could. And boy! Are there tons of monuments in DC!
First up - The White House
Not as big and regal looking as I would have thought. The front of the White House, which is the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue side, is not the side you normally see on TV.
Even so, Hubby figured he could go in there and tell Mr. Obama a thing or two.
The side you usually see is the back, and they didn't let us anywhere near that!
Oops! That didn't work
The classic Tourist Pose
Next stop was the Washington Monument. Hubby and I wanted to climb to the top (or more likely, take the elevator) but they weren't allowing people to go into it. Apparently it was damaged during an earthquake and they have to fix it to make it safe.
(It's not really tilted.....or blurry!)
We continued walking down the National Mall (which isn't really a mall...no stores) and our next stop was, what I considered to be the most beautiful monument. The World War II Veterans Memorial.
It was the one monument that made me cry when I saw an elderly WWII vet and his family standing and gazing at the monument. It was touching to see how much it meant to him.
The Reflecting Pool was also being worked on, but it didn't take away from the grandeur of it.
At the end of the Reflecting Pool is one of Hubby's favorite monuments....the Lincoln Memorial
From the top of the steps
Continuing on, we viewed the very impressive Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
Coming tomorrow.............some interesting finds as we walked our way around the Tidal Basin.