Monday, July 23, 2007

July

007 Snap a Dozen Days

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The Lincoln Memorial
Washington D.C.

July is the month the United States celebrates its independence. Last week we found time to drive from Baltimore to Washington D.C. to see some of the sights associated with our country and the freedom we celebrate. We were limited to only three hours, so we parked on a street near the National Mall and started our tour with a visit to the Lincoln Memorial. Designed to resemble a classical temple, it is a quiet and reverent place.

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The Washington Monument is visible from all parts of the park, but the most common view is from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial across the reflecting pool. The Capitol Building can be seen in the distance.

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Next we walked to the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial. The wall of names reminds us that the cost of freedom is great.

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At the opposite end of the reflecting pool is the World War II Memorial.

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The Freedom Wall contains 4048 gold stars, each one representing approximately 100 American lives lost during the war.

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Walking a little farther, we came to the base of the Washington Monument.

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You can go to the top, but we didn't have time. From the ground you see the Jefferson Memorial on one side...

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...and the White House on the other.

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Soon it was time to leave, so we headed back to the car. It was a quick tour, but we made the most of it.

5 comments:

  1. Washington is an amazing place. I've made several quick tours and one lengthy one (10 days) and always love it no matter what. Thanks for another quick tour!

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  2. Thanks for a very stirring look at the memorials, great shots.

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  3. beautiful pics! you and your hubby are getting some great traveling in this summer :o)

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  4. You did a great job seeing things with only 3 hrs. I love Washington DC. My sister in law use to live in Falls Church so we visited a few times and always left several days to wander around. I'd highly recommend the Museum of American History and both of the Air and Space ones. Great for kids of all ages (especially the over 40 ones lol).

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  5. Great photo tour! You guys are really geting the traveling in! Please let me know if you're ever going to be traveling to Birmingham or Montgomery, AL, and I'll try to meet you for lunch and a yarn store.

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~Tracy