Visiting Washington D.C.
If you have not visited Washington D.C. I highly recommend it! There is so much to see and to learn.
On this page I just touch on some of the things that left an impression on me. There is no way I can cover everything here. I originally made this page after my first trip in 2008 but we went back in 2013 so I have updated this page images from that trip.
Some of the photos are from my visit in 2008, 2013 and some are from the official "Architect of the Capitol" website.
Video slideshow of our Capitol Hill tour 2008. Inside and outside of the U.S. Capitol building.
She loved it so much the first time, she couldn't wait to go back! The headset fit a little bit better the second time around.
Videos below are from our visit in 2013.
Have you ever visited Washington D.C.?
Capitol Hill 2013
The Capitol Rotunda
My photos of this remarkable place are not as good as the one from the "Architect of the Capitol" website, shown above.
When we visited, there were a lot of people. This made it difficult to get a good photo of the space.
I just want to share some of the art in this fantastic structure.
The enormous oil paintings surrounding the Rotunda depict historical events in U.S. history. You can view more about each piece by visiting the link below.
- Historical Paintings - United States Capitol
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ornate design and detailed artwork in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol - The Apotheosis of Washington
- The Apotheosis of Washington
The Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, painted by Constantino Brumidi in 1865.
The Frieze of American History
The frieze is a painted panorama depicting significant events in American history. It measures 8 feet 4 inches in height and approximately 300 feet in circumference. It starts 58 feet above the floor. This Frieze was the work of 3 artists: Constantino Brumidi, Filippo Costaggini and Allyn Cox. To read more about this artwork visit the Architect of the Capitol website.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
In 2008 we took all 3 of our girls, this time around we only took our youngest. My oldest moved out and our middle daughter didn't want to go. In the photo from 2008 my family is in the middle, my hubby and the 3 girls, I took the picture. The 2013 photo is of my hubby, my daughter and me :)
2013 PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
Concepcion Picciotto has lived in Lafayette Square, since August 1, 1981, in protest of nuclear arms.Click thumbnail to view full-size
She is still there!
No such luck!Click thumbnail to view full-size
The Jefferson Memorial - 2013Click thumbnail to view full-size
Abraham Lincoln - From our 2013 visit.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial - 2013Click thumbnail to view full-size
United States Botanic Garden
Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet
- Coolglobes Official Website
Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet - Public art with a purpose
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
One of the most, if not the most beautiful places, I have ever seen. I was so upset because a lot of my photos came out dark. I have added some of the images to this capsule. The photos do not do justice. I am working on fixing more of the photos that I took during our visit, hopefully will have some up soon.