"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 3, 2011

Aug. 2 - Washington, DC

Day 137 - Capital Tour
Gangplank Marina

Our first stop today was the Unites States Capital. What a beautiful place...it really is on a hill and the landscaping is wonderful. While we waited for our tour time we looked around the visitor center and exhibition hall, which tells the story of the congress and the construction of the U.S. Capital. Our tour included a short video about the capital and a tour the crypt, rotunda and statue hall. We didn't have tickets to the Senate or House chambers. Our next stop was Union Station, where we had lunch and wondered through a few stores. After lunch were rode past The Ford Theater and then to a field were we could get a look at the White House. No one was allowed to get to the normal viewing area since President Obama was in the Rose Garden.

On the way back to the boat we stopped at the Vietnam Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. What a busy day, it felt wonderful to relax on the boat all evening.

The back of the Capital
Part of the Rotunda
The frieze in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol contains a painted panorama depicting significant events in American history.
The Apotheosis of Washington in the eye of the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol was painted in the true fresco technique by Constantino Brumidi in 1865. Brumidi depicted George Washington rising to the heavens in glory, flanked by female figures representing Liberty and Victory/Fame. A rainbow arches at his feet, and thirteen maidens symbolizing the original states flank the three central figures.
House Chamber
Union Station 
The White House 
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial  
The Wall
The Lincoln Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial

1 comment:

  1. Hello Stan and Susie M\v The Pearl
    Have enjoyed following your travels and great pictures. Great to see you are taking the time to "smell the roses". Trip has so much to offer.
    Have been catching up on home work since completing the loop end of june and planning the next boating adventure.Hope your travels bring you our way.

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