Tuesday, May 31, 2022

DC Trip Day 4

Our last full day in DC we were again up early. This morning for a good reason, we were meeting up with Lily's classmates on their tour. They were scheduled to be at the Arlington National Cemetery so we took the metro over to meet them and tour with their guide.
Lily, Harper, Ellie, Colton B and Angel.

Their tour guide was providing a walking tour through the cemetery which is HUGE and it was 95 degrees out with humidity!  Never mind there is a shuttle you can pay to get you around the cemetery. We walked up to the huge top of the hill for a great view of DC below.
The kids were trying their best to listen to the guide, it was just so hot. She did admit she often has a student faint on her tours!
We got to go in Robert E Lee house at the top of the cemetery. 

There was the change of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier which is very famous.

By this point we were about two hours into the tour in the heat with no end in sight. I had reached the Assembly woman's office about the  Capitol Building tour and was able to get it rescheduled for noon that day. So Lily and I broke off from her school group and headed on the Metro back into the city.
We made it just in time to get a personal tour of the Capitol Building which had been closed to tours due to Covid and due to the Jan 6th attack on the Capitol. You know, the one where Trump told his crazy armed mob to storm the Capitol and stop the Vice President from validating the count to elect Biden as President!!!

The building is amazing and so full of history. The original Supreme Court was a room in the Capitol Building so that very room is where the original Justices made so many decisions,

One thing we learned in DC and NY is the architecture design really LOVED a good rotunda!!

We even got to look in at the old representatives floor where they used to meet and make decisions and pass laws. The current rooms of the Senate and House are not open to visitors. 
There is a memorial to the people who died on 9/11 on the flight that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Many believe that plane was intended for the White house or Capitol building and those brave passengers stopped it from making it here. 
Straight from the Capitol Tour we needed to get to the Washington Monument for our tickets to go up to the TOP! It was an amazing view and not for those who are afraid of heights or small spaces. 



We needed a rest after all that racing around. We found a bench in the shade and Lily had a Boba drink to refresh. We had a couple more hours to fill but needed to find some air conditioning. 
The easy choice was back to the Natural History Museum since we didn't have time to see it all yesterday. Never mind that I wanted to go see the Museum of American History. Alas, next time. 
The gem section really was fantastic and worth seeing.  We even got to see the Hope Diamond. 
A devils postpile.
It was finally time to get some dinner. We tried another Jose Andres restaurant, a Tapas one called Jaleo. It was really good too, although I think Mediterranean won our hearts. 
Off to bed again for am early start to head to New York City!




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