Thursday, March 29, 2007

I surrender!

My plane didn't leave until 4pm today, so I had most of the day to play in the city. I got up early so I could hit the National Mall before the museums opened. I got there much too early though, so I decided to take a walk over to the white house. I nearly got shipped off to Gitmo. I was walking across 16th street heading over to Pennsylvania Avenue, when all of a sudden I was surrounded by police vehicles, which circled the intersection with sirens blazing and shut off all the streets around me. This was accompanied by a huge helicopter that swooped in and began circling overhead. The Vice President was coming through. This time though I was close enough to snap a few pictures of the motorcade careening down the street at high rate of speed as it was leaving the White House. It was a really impressive display.

Here, I am just wondering around the White House before the Smithsonian museums open. The cherry blossoms were in bloom (all of my previous trips were always in the winter) and it was just gorgeous! My goal today was to try to hit all of the places I never got to on my previous trips. There are so many amazing things to see and do that you really have to budget your time. I almost never have time in the day because I am either working or traveling, so today was a real treat.

My first stop was the Library of Congress. This is the largest library in the world, and is simply magnificent. I wasn't allowed to take pictures in the main reading room, but you can find those online if you are interested.

After this, I stopped by the Supreme Court. The site of those stately chairs in the court room filled me with reverential awe.

As I walked back past the U.S. Capitol, a movie was being filmed (the sequel to National Treasure). Those people walking and jogging you see are actors.
I hiked over to the American History museum, but it was closed for off season renovation so I grabbed some sushi and headed to the airport. It was actually a great trip, and that extra time to wander around made all the difference to me. I'm really glad I got to go, and we actually accomplished some important things at work too, so all is well. Tomorrow, it is back to real life.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad we didn't have to come to DC to bail you out!!