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Washington DC May 2005

Washington - District Of Columbia, USA

A rather hot holiday weekend in Washington DC spent trapsing around all the tourist sights of the City...

The chaps in Washington must have spent too much time building fancy buildings because when it came to naming streets it seems they ran out of inspiration. In the grid of streets one direction has street names going by numbers (1st Street, 2nd Street, etc) and the other direction uses letters (A Street, B Street, etc). How boring.

Washington is certainly a place full of grand buildings. Check out some of the interiors and exteriors below.

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Washington DC May 2005

Here are some general pics of things like the J. Edgar Hoover Building (where the FBI hang out) and also look out for a strange little house I found at 1610 S Street.

You'll also see a picture of the Theatre Box which Abraham Lincoln was sat in when John Wilkes Booth assasinated him. This is at Ford's Theatre (sic) which is just off Pennsylvania Avenue.

1610 S Street
1610 S Street
A Federal Duck And Ducklings
A Federal Duck And Ducklings
Ducks in Fountain
Ducks in Fountain
FBI Building
FBI Building
Ford's Theatre (Box Abraham Lincoln assasinated in)
Ford's Theatre (Box Abraham Lincoln assasinated in)
Justice Dept
Justice Dept
Lincoln Memorial At Night
Lincoln Memorial At Night
Ronald Reagan Building
Ronald Reagan Building
Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry Building 1
Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry Building 1
Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry Building 2
Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry Building 2
Starry Spangled Banners At The FBI
Starry Spangled Banners At The FBI
Supreme Courts Of Justice
Supreme Courts Of Justice
Supreme Courts Pediment
Supreme Courts Pediment
The Amercian Bar Association
The Amercian Bar Association


Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery is home to the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier and also the John F. Kennedy grave site. There are numerous other monuments, of particular note are dedications to the astronauts of both Space Shuttle disasters. I thought it inappropriate to snap away at these sites.

ARLINGTON CEMETERY 1
Arlington Cemetery 1
ARLINGTON CEMETERY 2
Arlington Cemetery 2
Arlington Cemetery Entrance
Arlington Cemetery Entrance
Arlington Cemetery Panorama
Arlington Cemetery Panorama
Marble Amphiteatre
Marble Amphiteatre


Library Of Congress

The Library Of Congress is the largest library in the world with some 530 miles of bookshelves. If this were in Edinburgh would we have turned it into a Super Pub or perhaps a Nightblub by now?

Corinthian Columns
Corinthian Columns
Corridor In Library Of Congress
Corridor In Library Of Congress
Grand Hall
Grand Hall
Grand Hall 1
Grand Hall 1
Grand Hall Gallery
Grand Hall Gallery
GRAND HALL GALLERY PANORAMA
Grand Hall Gallery Panorama
Grand Hall Upstairs
Grand Hall Upstairs
Library Of Congress
Library Of Congress
Library Of Congress Fountain
Library Of Congress Fountain
Library Of Congress Main Reading Room
Library Of Congress Main Reading Room
Me Outside Library Of Congress
Me Outside Library Of Congress
Me Overlooking Grand Hall
Me Overlooking Grand Hall


Museum Of Natural History

Washington's answer to the Natural History Museum in London. Pretty stock-standard although they do have a collection called the 'Insect Zoo' which includes all sorts of poisonous beasties. It is also home to a massive Gem and Mineral collection.

Gem Stones
Gem Stones
Natural History Museum Lobby
Natural History Museum Lobby
Rat Skeleton (I should put this at my apartment)
Rat Skeleton (I should put this at my apartment)
T-Rex
T-Rex


National Archives

Here are pictures from the National Archives, home to the Declaration of Independence, the Bill Of Rights and the Constitution.

Monument Above The Bill Of Rights
Monument Above The Bill Of Rights
National Archives
National Archives
National Archives Exterior
National Archives Exterior
National Archives Interior
National Archives Interior
The Declaration Of Independence
The Declaration Of Independence


Smithsonian Museums

The National Museum Of American History is quite interesting and although I couldn't find Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard Of Oz, I did find Oscar (the Grouch) from Sesame Street! Also there is the microphone FDR used for all his 'fireside chats', and of course the original Star Spangled Banner. You might also spot that I found an Iron Lung.

The Smithsonian is home to a great many more Museums, one of which is the National Air and Space Museum - the most visited Museum in the World. Here there are lots of things which fly (rockets, planes, missiles and even monkeys!), none of which I was really very interested in taking photos of after 3 days of trudging around. Some items which spring to mind are the Apollo 11 capsule, the prototype Hubble Telescope (photo below), Sputnik, and The Spirit Of St Louis.

Hubble Telescope
Hubble Telescope
Iron Lung
Iron Lung
Oscar
Oscar


The White House

You'll see a car hastily drawing into the rear gates of The White House. We were told by security staff that this (and the other 15 or so vehicles travelling along with it) was indeed the President coming back from an engagement at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery where he had lain a wreath for Memorial Day. The operation was slick and lasted moments.

Mr President speeds into The White House
Mr President speeds into The White House
White House Front 1
White House Front 1
White House Front 2
White House Front 2
White House Front 3
White House Front 3


Union Station

Union Station is a bit like New York City's Grand Central Station (it was built around the same time). Must cost a fortune to heat it; it's the size of an Aircraft Hangar!

Union Station East End
Union Station East End
Union Station Exterior
Union Station Exterior
Union Station Interior
Union Station Interior
Union Station Porch
Union Station Porch
Union Station West End
Union Station West End


US Capitol

The US Capitol is the home of The Senate and the House Of Representatives. The instantly recognisable Dome contains a room called the Rotunda which is elaborately decorated and is coincidentally used for 'Lying In State' ceremonies (most recently Ronald Reagan). The Capitol looks down the National Mall to the Washington Monument.

Corridor In US Capitol
Corridor In US Capitol
Me Outside US Capitol
Me Outside US Capitol
National Mall from US Capitol 1
National Mall from US Capitol 1
National Mall from US Capitol 2
National Mall from US Capitol 2
Original House Of Representatives 1
Original House Of Representatives 1
Original House Of Representatives 2
Original House Of Representatives 2
Rotunda Dome Interior
Rotunda Dome Interior
Rotunda Dome Painting
Rotunda Dome Painting
Rotunda Interior
Rotunda Interior
US Capitol 1
US Capitol 1
US Capitol 2
US Capitol 2
US Capitol Dome
US Capitol Dome
US Capitol South Wing Exterior
US Capitol South Wing Exterior