Washington D.C. – So fresh, so clean

I can’t believe my second leg of the trip is over already. I’ve covered New York and Washington DC and I’m currently sitting at Union Station waiting for a train to take me to Baltimore Airport.

Heading for Miami, beach, sun and about 30 degrees Celsius (that’s somewhere in the 80’s for you other, non-Celsius people, I think).

Lazy days, I am on holiday after all and I certainly felt the effects of a rigorous schedule during my stay in DC, I had to take an hours nap around midday… First day I walked around to get to know the place and the first thing that comes to mind is: compared to New York this city is really clean. The buildings around here are a dreamscape for someone like me. (ie. interested in the beautiful architecture, but not enough to become an actual architect)… In DC, not just the museums, but the government functions are housed in something that looks like Caesar’s private mansion, (or bath house… whatever), and it’s gorgeous. Statues, monuments and buildings everwhere worth a closer look, I spent my time doing just that. I had initially decideed against any guided tourist thing in DC, because I cosidered it small enough to walk around on my own, but last minute I decided to give a night tour just to see the monuments (including the White House) lit up at night. The tour was scheduled to take 2,5 hours. It took three, aand I am so glad I took it. Again with the Big Bus Tours, I must say, they work for me. The commentary was so funny and I made some new friends, four women from Minnesota and one of the crew called Henry (or as we dubbed him, “Andrew”). Sometimes you just meet people with the same kind of humour as you, you gotta love it.

Anyway, the monuments at night is one of the highlights of DC for me. It was stunning. And we got a thourough walkthrough of the Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial, which is huge(!). One of my favourites.

My last day in DC I walked around the city and ate lunch at the lawn close to the Lincoln Memorial, unfortunately the Reflecting Pool was drained and it’s a bit early for the Cherry Blossoms, but the weather was spectacular. I managed one whole museum here in DC, the National Museum of American History. I saw the exhibition on the First Ladies and the history of the revolution as well as a bunch of artefacts in passing before I made a dumb purchase. Took me a week, but I got there! I bought a Christmas bauble with the White House on it 😀 Now, for those of you who don’t know I already have a bauble from the Moulin Rouge in Paris and a Guinness one from Dublin. I want to some day in the future decorate my Christmas tree with baubles from places I’ve been, so I am acutally really happy with this one, it’s just gonna be a bit of a hassle dragging it all over the States 😉

Anyway, I met up with my friend, Amy, in the evening. I met Amy on my trip to Korea in 2011 and we’ve kept in touch ever since, and she took me on a boat ride on the Potomac before we went out to eat dinner. Great boat ride, amazing company and good food. The best possible way to end my DC-leg.

Unfortunately, the internet in the hostel was a bit sub par so my camera wouldn’t connect with my iPad. All my fantastic pictures are stuck in limbo until I get somewhere with better wi-fi. (here’s looking at you, Miami!)

And whaddayaknow, Miami delivered. Here’s the enormous amount of pics 😛

The Freedom Bell at Union Station

The Freedom Bell at Union Station

Closeup of the Freedom Bell

Closeup of the Freedom Bell

The plaque for the Freedom Bell

The plaque for the Freedom Bell

I think stuff like this is awesome... I'm probably weird...

I think stuff like this is awesome… I’m probably weird…

Ye olde Rromans...

Ye olde Rromans…

Ye olde Romans...

Ye olde Romans…

Beautiful buildings, fountains and statues cover the city

Beautiful buildings, fountains and statues cover the city

Everywhere you look there's a view to something beautiful

Everywhere you look there’s a view to something beautiful

The statue commemorating Ulysses S. Grant

The statue commemorating Ulysses S. Grant

Soldiers on each side defend/charge at Ulysses S. Grant's statue

Soldiers on each side defend/charge at Ulysses S. Grant’s statue

...

Me'n old Einstein <3

Me’n old Einstein ❤

The Night Tour with Big Bus

The Night Tour with Big Bus

The Night Tour wit Big Bus

The Night Tour wit Big Bus

The US Treasury Building

The US Treasury Building

The Treasury and me

The Treasury and me

This bunch of girls made my night <3 #SocialServices

This bunch of girls made my night ❤ #SocialServices

OBAAAMAAAAAAA!!!!

OBAAAMAAAAAAA!!!!

#SocialServices #Andyyyy

Ok... I have to admit, I don't remember what this building was, but it was right next to the White House and it was HUGE. Google it, my internet is bad.

Ok… I have to admit, I don’t remember what this building was, but it was right next to the White House and it was HUGE. Google it, my internet is bad.

DC by night. Stunning.

DC by night. Stunning.

DC by night <3

DC by night ❤

Good, ol' Frankie

Good, ol’ Frankie

Martin Luther King Jr. memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. memorial

Vietnam War Memorial

Vietnam War Memorial

Vietnam War Memorial

Vietnam War Memorial

Vietnam War Memorial

Vietnam War Memorial

Outside the Lincoln Memorial

Outside the Lincoln Memorial

Inside the Lincoln Memorial

Inside the Lincoln Memorial

Honest Abe himself (this statue is enormous!)

Honest Abe himself (this statue is enormous!)

Right outside the Lincoln Memorial, before the steps looking out over the reflecting pool, is marked the very spot where Dr. King held his famour speech...

Right outside the Lincoln Memorial, before the steps looking out over the reflecting pool, is marked the very spot where Dr. King held his famour speech…

Standing in Dr. King's spot

Standing in Dr. King’s spot

The Iwo Jim memorial - I came a long way to see this. It was amazing.

The Iwo Jim memorial – I came a long way to see this. It was amazing.

Arlington National Cemetery: There are loads of statues, plaques and commemorative features everywhere.

Arlington National Cemetery: There are loads of statues, plaques and commemorative features everywhere.

Arlington graves all have uniform headstones since the 1930s. It is believed his cemetery wil be full by 2025.

Arlington graves all have uniform headstones since the 1930s. It is believed his cemetery wil be full by 2025.

Arlington graves

Arlington graves

The graves of John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline. He is one of only two presidents to be interred at Arlington.

The graves of John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline. He is one of only two presidents to be interred at Arlington.

The Women in the Army Memorial

The Women in the Army Memorial

The Women in the Army Memorial

The Women in the Army Memorial

View from the Women in the Army Memorial

View from the Women in the Army Memorial

Commemorating the deaths at Pentagon in 2001

Commemorating the deaths at Pentagon in 2001

Don't know if it's entirely appropriate to call myself lucky for stumbling over this, but it was a aight to see....

Don’t know if it’s entirely appropriate to call myself lucky for stumbling over this, but it was a aight to see….

The building surrounding the graves of the Unknown Soldiers

The building surrounding the graves of the Unknown Soldiers

The building surrounding the graves of the Unknown Soldiers

The building surrounding the graves of the Unknown Soldiers

Guarding the graves of the Unknown Soldiers

Guarding the graves of the Unknown Soldiers

Guarding the graves of the Unknown Soldiers

Guarding the graves of the Unknown Soldiers

Changing of the guard - that particular part was quite the spectacle, I have to say...

Changing of the guard – that particular part was quite the spectacle, I have to say…

The graves didn't have to be uniform until the 1930s, so obviously some graves stand out quite a bit...

The graves didn’t have to be uniform until the 1930s, so obviously some graves stand out quite a bit…

Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery

Amy and I on the Potomac River :-)

Amy and I on the Potomac River 🙂

Amy doing a better job than me at photographing the scenery...

Amy doing a better job than me at photographing the scenery…

A different view of things...

A different view of things…

Not the best camera to capture the sunset...

Not the best camera to capture the sunset…

The Kennedy Centre viewed form the Potomac River

The Kennedy Centre viewed form the Potomac River

Finishing off with my favourite find ;-) Sorry, I'm a graphic designer and I love typography in monuments, pavements etc etc... This one cracked me up though.... "Oops, we missed one..."

Finishing off with my favourite find 😉 Sorry, I’m a graphic designer and I love typography in monuments, pavements etc etc… This one cracked me up though…. “Oops, we missed one…”

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