Monday, August 4, 2008

It's fun to be a tourist!

I can hardly believe sometimes that I've lived in the Washington, DC area for three and a half years now.  That's just crazy!  It seems like just yesterday that I moved here from NYC with my car full of stuff and absolutely no direction in mind.  I was honestly clueless when I came to the nation's capital and I never in a million years thought this would be the place I would settle and start a family.  Amazing.  

But the funny thing is that when we live somewhere, no matter how fantastic it is, we just take it for granted.  I remember being bored so many days while living in NYC when there were a million things I could have done. Even since I've been in this area, the same thing has taken place.  I've driven by the Washington Monument a million times and I just forget sometimes how lucky I am to live here and be surrounded by such incredible history.  So, when I have visitors who have never really been to DC it just makes me stop and take a look at what I have been surrounded by for so many years now.  And let me tell you, it was breathtaking!  Truthfully, I got a little teary just taking in my surroundings, while I walked around this beautiful city with my aunt and cousin.  

Take a look at some of the things we saw... 

U.S. Capitol  (I had my very first Capitol tour...finally!)
Entrance to the Capitol building.

Inside the rotunda of the Capitol.

The White House.

T-Rex at the Natural History Museum.

The Hope Diamond at The Natural History Museum. 

The Washington Monument. 

Vietnam Memorial.  This was really special this time because my Aunt Donna was able to get a rubbing of the name of her neighbor's father who died in Vietnam.  It was very moving.

The WWII Memorial. (With the Washington Monument in the background)

The Lincoln Memorial.

After the Lincoln Memorial we went to The Holocaust Museum.
If you have never been, you must go on your next visit to DC.  It is, in my opinion, one of the best museums here.  My Aunt Donna lived in Germany for 10 years while my uncle was in the Army and my cousin Erika was born there.  Donna had a chance to visit the site of the Dachau concentration camp while she lived in Germany, so she had her reservations about visiting this museum.  But we were all so moved by the things we saw and the information we learned.  I would recommend going at a different time of year though, because it was incredibly crowded, which I think took a little away from the experience.  

After we left the museum we had to take the metro home. We got SOAKED!   There was a downpour on our way from the museum to the metro and we only had one umbrella!  All three of us crowded under my little green umbrella.  It was hilarious and we had many stares!  haha We laughed the whole way!

And finally... my little girl.  Her Aunt Donna brought her a lovely hat!  haha  She thought it was so funny!

And her latest obsession... her "nap" - a.k.a. her blanket.  :-)  So sweet!  

It was such a fun time visiting with my family!  I can't wait until we all live close by and can see each other more than once or twice a year! 

This week is time to prepare for our beach trip next week!  Woo hoo!  More to come.  :-)


Patty said...

I've been checking all day with great anticipation to see the pics of your fun weekend! These are wonderful pictures! I love Caroline's chicken hat! Only her Aunt Donna would give her a chicken hat! I'm sure Caroline loved that! So glad your weekend was ful - wish I could have been with y'all!!

Sara said...

I can't wait until you live closer, too, because that means I get to see you more often, as well! It looks like you had a great time! That hat is hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Yay! I love your posts and pictures. :) Is that Natural History Museum the same one that was in the movie we watched, or was that one in NY? I'm so excited (and a little jealous) ya'll get to go to the beach soon! Take lots of pics there to share with us all! :)