Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Photos from Madame Tussaud's in Washington DC

I am again sharing photos that are not mine but those of my son who went to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum a couple of days ago with a friend. I didn't even know there was a Madame Tussaud's here. I have seen the one in London and Victoria in British Columbia, but didn't realize there was one so close.
Here he is with President Lincoln, who was the United States 16th President from 1861 to 1865.

This time Brad is sitting down with Robert E. Lee, who was General of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

This is Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the US from 1829 to 1837.

This is Theodore Roosevelt, America's 26th President from 1901 to 1909, a particular favorite of mine as I learned all about him when we were in North Dakota several years ago, when we visited Medora and drove through the national park named after him. He was noted for the impact he had on the National Park system and signed into legislation five national parks; Crater Lake in Oregon, Wind Cave in South Dakota, Sully's Hill in North Dakota (later redesignated a game preserve), Mesa Verde in Colorado and Platt in Oklahoma (now part of Chickasaw National Recreation Area). By the end of 1906 he had proclaimed four national monuments; Devil's Tower in Wyoming, El Moro in New Mexico, Montezuma's Castle and The Petrified Forest, both in Arizona. He also extended that, protecting a large portion of the Grand Canyon in 1908.

The detail on these lookalikes are amazing!

I'll have to thank Brad for taking this photo of Winston Churchill. He was very well respected in my family and I heard about him often growing up in England. So yes, I have a soft spot for him too. His mother - Jennie - was an American and the daughter of a New York businessman. His wife was called Clementine, such a beautiful name. He lived a very adventurous life which you can read about if you click on his name above and was the center of English life for over 70 years.

This is Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, from 1945 to 1953.


Two prominent figures in the Civil Right's Movement, Rosa Parks ....

and Martin Luther King, Jr. We passed an area cordoned off in DC the last time we were there, where they are building the Martin Luther King Memorial. I am not sure when it will be finished.

Now for the movie stars. Here's Brad saying hello to Julia Roberts......

George Clooney.....

Johnny Depp.....
Dwayne Johnson ......

Denzel Washington......
Morgan Freeman......
Tom Cruise and in the background Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.....

Brad chatting to Tom Cruise with Morgan Freeman in the background.....

and the last one with Hilary and Bill Clinton.

Thanks Brad, I think your Dad and I might be visiting this place ourselves next time we got into DC.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Watery Wednesday

Sharing a photo my husband took today.


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Monday, March 29, 2010

My World Tuesday


The weekend before last I was in Washington DC. Last Tuesday I posted photos of the WWII War Memorial and this time I am sharing the The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

You always find groups of Vietnam Vets standing with their flags nearby.

I have been coming to The Wall for many years and it never fails, by the time I have walked the length of it I can't describe the feeling that comes over me, always the same feeling every time. It is very moving to see all those names etched into the black granite.

The Memorial Wall was designed by 21 year old under-graduate student Maya Ying Lin who was picked out of 1,421 entries. It was dedicated on November 13th, 1981.


You will find people looking for the names of family members and friends.


Often you will find people making pencil rubbings.

You will find all kinds of offerings to loved ones, such as flowers....

wreathes.....

and letters to friends.

Those letters can move you to tears.

Not too far away from The Wall is a statue called The Three Soldiers, also known as The Three Servicemen. It stands almost eight feet tall and was designed by Frederick Hart.

The soldier in the middle was modeled after a 21-year-old Marine stationed in the Washington DC area in 1983. The soldier holding the machine gun on his shoulder was modeled after a Cuban-American, and the African-American is a composite of several young men the sculptor used as models.

It is truly magnificent and evocative. The statue reminds us of the youth, courage and diversity of the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.

A little further on you will find the Women's Memorial sculpted by Glenna Goodacre. It was unveiled on Veteran's Day, November 11th, 1993.

There is a scaled-down replica of this statue at The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial State Park in Angel Fire, New Mexico. (Glenna Goodacre also designed the obverse of the Sacagawea coin that entered circulation in the United States in 2000.)

Another incredible statue that leaves one very moved at the sight of it.

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A toad's good qualities.


The toad has indeed no superior as a destroyer of noxious insects, and he possesses no bad habits and is entirely inoffensive himself. Every owner of a garden should treat him with utmost hospitality.
~Celia Thaxter~

Saturday, March 27, 2010

TODAY'S FLOWERS

I found all these pretty flowers at Meadowlark Gardens last Sunday.











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TODAY’S FLOWER’S was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli Jr.