Thursday, July 28, 2011

Smithsonian and The Monuments

 We had a very fun, but very tiring day today.  Here we are on the Metro going to the Mall.

 The Mall is this HUGE place.  It is a grassy, large rectangular area with all kinds of buildings on the sides such as all of the Smithsonians, Congress, the White House a few streets down, Monuments, the Washington Memorial kind of in the middle etc.etc.
 This is the Washington Memorial from a distance.  It is gigantic although it looks kinda small in the picture.
 John on the path to the Smithsonian American History.  That is the one we visited and we didn't even see all of it.  I think it would take several days to see each of them.
 In front of the building this guy was playing Jazz music.  He was really good.  Ethan gave him a good tip and then he talked to us and asked the kids where Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Drac and other characters lived.  Then he said they lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  Ha Ha.  He played Sesame Street music for us.

This is a statue of George Washington.  I've never seen one of him like this before.
 We brought our lunch and ate at a little table situated very conveniently by the cafe which is very expensive.  $5.00 for a Hot Dog.  We were glad we brought our own.

We saw all of the inaugural gowns of the First Ladies beginning with Martha Washington and ending with Michelle Obama.  I was so surprised to see how tiny most of the first few First Ladies were.  They were so, so little.  They also had tiny, tiny feet.  Mary Lincoln was especially teensy.  Why I don't think she was bigger than a child.  The gowns were so beautiful and it was really interesting to read all the information and fun to see all of the accessories too.

We saw Julia Child's kitchen.  We had to look at it through glass and so the photo is quite bad.
There was an interactive area for kids which they all enjoyed so much.  There just wasn't enough time to see and do everything we wanted to.
This is part of the World War II Memorial.  It was very large also.

There were quotes all around which were great.

Beyond this Memorial is the Abraham Lincoln Memorial.  I really wanted to go, but I just couldn't walk anymore and so G and I sat on a bench in the shade to wait for the rest of the group to go and see it.
We enjoyed our little visit together.  G is such a sweetie and such a little chatterbox, just like JoJo.

We sat by Michelle who was waiting with her little boy for the rest of her group to go see the Lincoln Memorial  too.  Michelle and I had a very nice visit.  She is very pleasant.  She lives in Maryland and her little son Timothy who is 7 years old is struggling with reading.  She asked for my advice and I was able to give her some pointers on how she can help him.  We talked about lots of things and it sure helped the time to pass by quickly.  


Yvonne said...

I would love to go back to the Smithsonian one day. We were there many years ago and didn't have nearly enough time.

I bet Michelle is very happy she ran into you. I'm sure your advice was GREAT.

Lil' M said...

looks like u had fun miss u