Bookish Road Trip: Washington D.C., Stop 3

August 10, 2018

For 2 weeks this summer, I was on the road and it was amazing!We drove and drove and drove, but when we stopped, we got to see so many wonderful places. I thought it would be fun for the next few weeks to share about the places we visited and the books that matched up with the these places.

Washington DC was our first official stop on our road trip. We were here only for 2 full days, but we packed a lot of things into these two days. We walked about 17 miles....and boy did my feet feel it.

There was just so much to see and do along the way. We saw the White House, The Capitol, a couple of the Smithsonian Museums, The National Archives, several of the monuments on the Mall, and we walked past several historical sites.

This was a city full of history!

With such a rich history, it offers an amazing background for a story. I had one story really pop out of this city. With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden.
This was a story that was full of history. Having DC as it's background was the perfect fit. Elizabeth Camden is an author who is able to take such a historical setting and weave her characters in seamlessly.

I only bought one book in DC, it was all about the Art and History of the city.

I was in awe the whole time I was there. I could honestly make two posts on the days there, but I will try to keep it to one might be long!

 The old buildings that were mixed amongst the new was just phenomenal! Its not like that where I'm at, so seeing these buildings that had been saved and renovated into something new was great!

 Had to see the White House. There were a lot of people out there. It was also neat to see the placement of everything and how it was all so close...if driving, walking was another story, to each other. The Washington Monument is visible from most of DC, but walking to the White House and seeing it directly behind it was cool. And all of the statues in the park across the street from the white house was impressive. The police was every where out there. There were also a lot of conspiracy theorist out and about yelling their ideas....I had to listen, but oh my word! Some where so far out there!!
 The Department of Treasury....looks like it used the treasury to get the place built! There was a massive gate right in front, there was no way to get to the front.
 On day 2, we found a cool little cafe and it ended up being right across the street from Ford's Theater. I would have loved to have gone a tour, but our time was limited. The original theater is still in use, but they have again mixed the old with the new.
The Capitol really does live up to it's nickname of The Hill! It was a heck going up that hill. It sits above the city and can be seeing from quite a distance. We didn't tour the Capitol, but we did see the visitor's center.

 The Washington and Lincoln Monuments are ones that are just iconic. You see them in movies and TV everywhere, it was something else to see them in person. We didn't get to see the reflecting pool very well, it was gated off as they were getting ready for the 4th of July...and it needed cleaning and was a bit gross...which was a bit sad, since I was expecting the clear water like it is in every movie! Ha.
 So, funny story! I took this picture before we were told we couldn't take pictures. This is inside of the rotunda of the National Archives. This had to be my most favorite part of DC. We got to see the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Deceleration of Independence. I can't properly tell you my feelings on seeing them. The documents were old! So old. The size of them was bigger then I could have imagined. They are so faded now. Which is sad, but they are doing their best to protect them, and keep them on display for the public.

The Air and Space was one of the 2 museums we went to. The other was the American History museum. It was a time of a lot of history! The air and space museum was huge, as they had originals and replicas of shuttles, satellites, and air craft.

The American History Museum was neat, it was crowded, they both were, but it was worth it. Looking around, we go to see The Star Spangled Banner. It was sad to see the condition that it was in, but it was really amazing to see the size of it. It was massive. Pictures weren't allowed in there, as light could damage it more, but to tie it in with the documents really brought the history of America to life.

And for fun....our hotel room hall way. The rest of the hotel was bright and fun....all of the hallways looked like it was from the Shinning. All we could do was laugh.

Next week will be another stop on this Bookish Road-trip. Hope you'll be back to check it out.

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