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We were all up early on the Saturday morning and Mr S drove us to DC. He had organised a hotel for us to stay overnight and a tour: Monuments by Moonlight later that evening. Mr S is really a very sweet guy. I give him a hard time a lot of the time, and I often tell him I will give him Gibbs-slaps; he can be cheeky, but really he is an awesome friend and I was impressed with what he organised for the weekend.

So we arrived in DC and it was turning out to be a drizzly day. We set out on foot to see the Smithsonian Museums, starting with the Air and Space Museum. To be honest, space doesn't hold too much fascination for me, not unless I manage to meet a super-powered alien, haha, but I love to fly and if I can just get rid of my glasses I intend one day to get my student pilots' licence. But I digress.

We walked around the first museum for a couple of hours. I was tempted to go on the flight simulator but I thought it was a bit expensive and while Mr S offered, I didn't want to take advantage of his kindness given what he had already done. I didn't want him spending all his hard-earned money on us, in spite of his generosity. He probably thought I was being a pain in the ass about it, but I'm the type that doesn't like taking advantage of people that way.

I managed to buy something for my brother in the museum gift shop. My brother has always wanted to visit the Smithsonian but because he's always busy, he would never be able to plan such a holiday. Not with his partner and two kids as well. So I got him a little souvenir.

Anyway, here are some photos from the Air and Space Museum:

Astronaut - Air and Space Museum - 18 May
Galaxy - Air and Space Museum - 18 May
Shuttle - Air and Space Museum - 18 May
Warplanes 2 - Air and Space Museum - 18 May

Next we walked to the Museum of Natural History. Meg wanted to see the Hope Diamond, so she got to see that. My pic came out a bit blurry, probably because of the case it was in, and there was a crowd of people around it so getting a good shot wasn't easy.

Hope Diamond - Museum of Natural History - 18 May

We also saw some of the animals and watched a show on mammals. The museum was pretty crowded but mostly I think because people were trying to get out of the rain.

Here's more pics:

Animals - Museum of Natural History - 18 May
Goat - Museum of Natural Histroy - 18 May
Lionesses - Museum of Natural History - 18 May

We decided to grab some lunch after that and I had a hot dog. I have to admit I didn't like it that much. I guess I'm used to the way we have sausages here, and I cook mine differently too, but at least I tried one.

After lunch we headed for the Museum of American History and walked around seeing a bit of Revolutionary history and the Civil War history. I am fascinated with this period of American history. I read a series of novels years ago by John Jakes and while it was fiction it was still interesting. We met a man who realised from my accent I wasn't from there and we began a bit of a discussion about history and the media.

I also got to see a little bit of cultural history. I was fascinated to see a Singer sewing machine on display. My mother had one for years, although a much later model than they had there, but still a good, reliable machine which lasted about 25 years. Who can say that about appliances today?

More pics:

Puppet Theater - American History - 18 May
Roosevelt - American History - 18 May
Ruby Slippers - American History - 18 May
Sewing Machine - American History - 18 May
Typewriter - American History - 18 May

Finally, we took a walk to see the White House. No particular reason really; I guess just to say we'd been there. Anyway, on our walk, I saw squirrels and took photos. They asked me why - we don't have any in New Zealand. I'm sure if they saw a kiwi in the wild they would take photos too. Not that I've actually seen any in the wild here.

On the way, I spotted a truck selling t-shirts and managed to pick up an NCIS one. Reasonably priced too at $7.

So, here's the pic of the White House:

White House Front - Washington DC - 18 May

Tomorrow I'll post pics from the Monuments by Moonlight tour.


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Jun. 3rd, 2013 07:20 am (UTC)
Love the photos! Washington really is an amazing place to visit.

The Hope Diamond really is just about impossible to photograph well because it keeps spinning around and the lighting is terrible and the crowds. I've got a decent shot in one of my trip photo albums, though it was in a different setting at the time. But feel free to share! here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150137418002293.282618.619487292&type=1&l=0fb1c852c7
Jun. 3rd, 2013 07:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've got a little point and shoot, which wasn't really up to the task, but it did okay for most of it. Washington is an awesome place.
Jun. 6th, 2013 04:57 am (UTC)
I've only been at the airport for a few hours many years ago, waiting for a connecting flight! These pictures make me want to go visit; it does have a lot of history!

Thanks for sharing the photos. Sounds like you had a very good time!
Jun. 6th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
It is pretty awesome.
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