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My Time in Washington D.C.

Updated on January 11, 2018

An exciting trip

Washington DC offers some nice attractions.
Washington DC offers some nice attractions. | Source

A time well spent.

Last Summer, my granddaughter Kathy stayed at our house. Coming from Florida, she was no stranger to our home in Virginia. She enjoyed spending her summer vacations with us.The sights and attractions that Virginia offered was much to her liking.This time, she wanted to do something special. She wanted to go to our nation's capital.

In view of this, We made plans. Being aware of the crazy summer traffic that we would encounter going to that place, I decided to plan ahead. I looked up information on the WMATA (Washington metro area transit authority) website and called the customer service number. They were very helpful and soon, I developed a plan. We would drive up to the Franconia-Springfield train station in Virginia, park the car and take the train.

Avoiding the traffic.

My experience in taking the train was a good one. Since I grew up in New York City and liked riding trains, this was an exciting event for me. As we purchased the tickets, I noticed how much technology has affected everything. To get the tickets, we had to go to a ticket machine. It had all kinds of prices and it was a little confusing. Thank God, there were some attendants on hand to help us.

Boarding the train was enjoyable. We passed through some nice sights and my granddaughter Kathy was very excited. After an hour riding the train, we got off in the center of Washington DC and walked around close to the Lincoln memorial. Since it was close to the 4th of July weekend, it was busy with tourists and people in general.

Riding the train
Riding the train | Source

My granddaughter Kathy

Kathy enjoying her pretzel
Kathy enjoying her pretzel

Lincoln Memorial

An historic monument
An historic monument | Source

Enjoying the view.

Washington DC has much to offer. We saw many interesting things but one thing that touched me was the World War 2 memorial. As a veteran, I am glad that America remembers the sacrifices of these brave men and women who died in battle. My family, proudly, served, mostly, in the Army. I had two Uncles who served during World War 2. One of them was involved in hand to hand combat. Thank God, they came back home alive. War is a terrible thing and it is sad to see how it affects family members of our brave soldiers. We must never forget those sacrifices and appreciate their service to our country. I, personally, appreciated the beauty of that site and the fitting memorial to our brave servicemen.

We visited the Lincoln Memorial and my wife was exhausted because we had walked about a 1/2 mile and it was hot. I wanted her to climb the big steps that led to the Lincoln Memorial but she refused. My granddaughter and I climbed the steps and I was exhausted. Once we arrived,we saw the statue of President Lincoln and appreciated how well it was made. My granddaughter Kathy was getting a great historical lesson with this monument.

A nice memorial.

World War two memorial
World War two memorial

A walk to the past.

Smithsonian museum
Smithsonian museum

For Boxing fans

Muhammad Ali gloves
Muhammad Ali gloves

All in the family.

Archie Bunker's chair.
Archie Bunker's chair.

An interesting newspaper.

Dating from World war 1
Dating from World war 1

The Smithsonian Museum

The last but not least of these attractions was the Smithsonian museum. What a place! We had to form a long line but it was worth it. It is like going back in time. I saw Archie Bunker's chair, which brought back memories of my TV viewing. I was, also, elated when I saw one of my favorite boxer's gloves--Muhammad Ali. To satisfy my hunger for history, I saw an old newspaper depicting the start of World War I. I was like a kid in a candy store enjoying all these wonderful sites.

As we returned home, we were tired but satisfied. Satisfied that we spent time with our granddaughter. She had a dose of history and was happy about it. Our only regret is not having spent more time in Washington DC. You cannot see in a day what it has to offer. We plan to return soon to check out the rest of those exciting attractions. It is a nice place to visit and I, highly, recommend it.

Smithsonian museum train stop

Smithsonian museum

Lincoln Memorial

World War 2 Memorial.

Parting thoughts

In conclusion, my trip to Washington D.C was an outstanding experience, but be prepared to walk. If it's on a hot day, take some nice cold water bottles to refresh you along the way. My parting thoughts are-----

  1. Washington DC is a wonderful place especially in the summer.
  2. Has much to offer
  3. It's a good place to spend with family
  4. Avoid the traffic and take the train, if possible.
  5. Be prepared to spend some days in order to appreciate what it has to offer.

With these things in mind, your time in Washington D.C. will be one to remember. Please feel free to share this article with a friend. Thanks.

Take some extra items

Luggage | Source


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