Today we had breakfast at 6:30 am (an early start for us), and left at around 7. Our first stop was the Capitol, the abode of the Senate and House of Representatives.
After we went through security, we were astonished by all of the beautiful sculptures in the lobby. After a short introductory film, we went on an audio tour through the old Senate rooms. We came into a room full of sculptures, frescos and beautiful murals on the walls and ceilings. Our guide told us about how each state sends only one statue at a time, and if they want to put a new statue to the room they have to take out the previous statue (much like the real senate). Our next stop was at the Library of Congress, where Thomas Jefferson’s 6,000+ books were. The reason that they are there is because the British burned down the Library of Congress so Thomas Jefferson sold his collection to them. The frescos and paintings were majestic.
We passed by the Supreme Court building. After that we went to the National Air and Space museum, which had exhibits on space history and aviation.
Next we visited the National Archives. They had the original Magna Carta,
Declaration of Independence, Constitution and other interesting documents.
We walked around the White House and The Mall. Then we visited the MLK memorial, it is the only memorial of an African American and non-president.
After seeing the MLK memorial we went across the tidal basin to see the FDR memorial. He was the only president ever to be in a wheelchair, he was also the only president to ever serve four terms as president of the United States of America. Before going to dinner, we saw one more memorial: the Thomas Jefferson memorial. Then we went to dinner at an Italian restaurant called Bertucci’s. After an hour in the restaurant we went to see the Vietnam memorial, the Lincoln memorial, and the Korean war memorial. They were all very sacred and touching places. We all hope to come here again in the future.
Until next time Orly,Quentin, Tycho and Diego