I really like the Washington Monument. It is impressive in its height and history, looks VERY pretty on a sunny day and you can see the whole of Washington DC from each of its small windows at the top.
Last time I visited this was when I was a young woman full of enthusiasm for living in a different country....
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a black granite wall inscribed with the names of 58,191 soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. As visitors look over the names etched into the monument, the mirror-like surface of the smooth granite reflects the sky, trees and visitors themselves. If one places their ear upon the monument and looks toward the Washington Monument, the reflected images of the obelisk form a star
Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heir to the Post cereal fortune, was the founder of Hillwood Museum and Gardens - her former twenty-five acre estate in Washington, DC
"While in Russia, with the opportunity to see and enjoy the Russian love of color in all forms of art, I became interested in enamels. These I would never, perhaps, have learned to appreciate fully anywhere else. The Russian genius in the use of stimulating color is a spiritual quality related to the land itself."
One consequence of this widespread turmoil and extreme social and cultural upheaval was the selling of imperial art treasures, which was endorsed by the Soviet government. Marjorie acquired Russian icons, textiles, porcelains, and silver, and she was soon transformed into an
avowed collector of Russian art. The purchases she made while living in the Soviet Union formed the nucleus of the most important assemblage of Russian imperial art outside Russia today.
Like many American collectors, Mrs. Post continued collecting throughout her life and wanted to share her collection with the public. In 1955 she bought the Hillwood estate to serve both as her residence and as a future museum. By 1958 she had hired Marvin Ross, a Harvard trained art historian, to catalogue her collections, advise her on acquisitions, and implement standard museum practices at Hillwood.
"When I began I did it [collecting] for the joy of it, and it was only as the collections grew and such great interest was evidenced by others, that I came to the realization that the collection should belong to the country."
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
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The interior of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Mother Mary is very consecrated area. For me it is here a holy place. I usually do not make photos inside unless i have the chance to do so. During this visit, there were many churhgoers at the hall near the tabernacle.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Concepcion is a great place to visit. It is probably the largest Catholic Church of America. Its Byzantine and Romanesque architecture, and the elaborate collections of mosaics and arts are very fascinating.
This museum holds the world’s largest collection of historic spacecraft and aircraft. So whether you want to fly into the past with the Wright Brothers or slip into the future on Mars you will be at the right place. I'd rather fly than to understand all those technical details and rather made many captures for my husband. The price is right, as well, this one is free. b
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Open every day except December 25
Public lots located nearby but we had problem to find one though
To begin your Smithsonian exploration, start visiting the Information Center in the Instituiton's first building popularly known as the "Castle", daily opened from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. It is a distinctive red , sandstone building centrally located on the National Mall.
The center serves as the focal point for the informations about the institution's 14 museums and a national Zoo in Washington DC and 2 museums in New York City. The Arts and Industries Building has a special role among Smithsonian buildings—as the original home of the National Museum. Designed in a High Victorian style by the Washington architectural firm of Cluss and Schulze, it opened in 1881 in time for the inaugural ball of President James A. Garfield.
There is an old refractor telescope here.
12 inch Alvan Clark Refractor
There is other instrumentation used to measure the
positions of stars (astrometry)
and calculation of precise time.
The Navy uses star data for
Tours are by reservation and are Monday
evenings, 8:30 until 10pm
There are numerous things to do in Washington, DC that are completely FREE! The best way to get a list is to use a search engine and search "washington, dc free things to do". This will bring up several pages worth of sites to help you find what you wish to do ....at no cost!!
The Cherry Blossoms blooming is a must see in DC. In 2007 the celebration is commemorating 95 years since the gift of 3000 cherry trees from Japan. The festival runs March 31-April 15, 2007. The blossoms are truely a sight to behold! The whole of the area is the colour pink!
There is a large parade with many floats and large character balloons. Fun for kids!
If you are within a short walking distance the Mall is a wonderful place to have a picnic lunch. There are shaded areas along both sides and lunching there is common practice with the locals that work nearby. I suggest a blanket as the Mall lawn is not the cleanest place to lounge on the grass. It is bustling with activity at lunch and wonderful if you are a people watcher.
As a military verteran, I felt honored to pay my respects to those who have lost their lives for the dedication that they believed in to preserve peace and freedom. The duty of the Sentinels dedicated to the sacred duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns is unpresidented. An impressive display of dignity, perserverance, diligence and honor. The tomb is guarded 24 hours per day and 365 days per year by specially trained members of the 3rd United States infantry.
Take a walk from the Washington Memorial toward the Lincoln Memorial. Enjoy the reflecting pool and think about all of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. These are just a few of the memorials and the many monuments that you will find on this path. In many ways they appear to be life-like...
Visiting theSmithsonian National Air & Space Museum, you will be able to trace the beginning of flight with the Wright Brothers' plane, to World War I planes, to the Spirit of St. Louis, to jets and to space flight. It's all under one roof!!!
You have to visit and see the changing of the guard in the cemetery which is a solemn event.
April 1 to September 30: The guard is changed every thirty minutes.
October 1 to March 31: The guard is changed every hour, on the hour