Photos taken on a trip into Washington DC a few days after Christmas. We enjoy the city very much. It is about 25 miles away from home and we have visited in all seasons.
This is the building that houses the Air and Space Museum. We haven't visited it in quite a while but it is a wonderful place to walk around. You can click here to find out more. There are actually two Smithsonian Air and Space Museums, the other is not too far from where we live, only 20 minutes or so. It is called the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and is close to the Washington Dulles International Airport. If you go here it will take you to their website and it is another place that I can highly recommend if you plan on visiting this area.
We are on our way to the art museum to see a Norman Rockwell exhibit, and we walked across the Mall where you can see The Capitol Building in the distance. You can click here to find out its history.
You often meet friendly people in the city. There was a lady taking photos of her young boys and we asked if she would like for us to take one with the three of them. She was very happy we had offered and she did the same for us.
This is The National Gallery of Art where at first we thought held the Norman Rockwell exhibit. After browsing around for a while we found out from the information desk that it was at another museum, not actually on The Mall but more into the city. It was a few blocks walk from where we were, and as we enjoy walking it just added to the enjoyment of the day. Of course it would have been even more enjoyable if I hadn't tripped over and landed hard on my knees. The only thing I would advise people coming here is to watch out for those steps, they are higher than you think. The National Gallery of Art also has an amazing collection of artwork. If you want to find out more you can click here.
I am always happy when Gregg takes photos on our outings as he tends to see things that I miss, like the designs above the entrance.
By this time we are on our way to the other museum. Washington DC has a wonderful selection of restaurants. I found this one interesting enough to photograph. We have never been there but here is their website.
It had some interesting and colorful artwork of its own in the front windows.
One of the metro buses.
So many interesting sights to see, and if we are in any mood for Hamlet we know where to go.
Passing by a shop window I noticed this on display. Clara Barton was a very famous figure from the Civil War era, and you can learn more here.
The section of building next to Starbuchs is Clara Barton's old home.
I always have a great interest in buildings, more so the older ones.
What I think is a really clever idea is renting a bike to get around the city. SmartBike DC will soon be called Capital Bike Share and you can go visit their website here.
Just pick up your bike in one spot and return it to any of the other bike stations located throughout DC.
I have had family and friends visit The International Spy Museum and this is on our list. They tell me it is an extremely fascinating place to visit. Find out more here.
Right across the street from the spy museum is our destination, The Smithsonian Institution Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. Go here for more on this place. Too much to see in one visit and had so much fun walking around we will be going back.
A few scenes on our way to the metro stop and as we had walked our feet off we decided to take a metro train. The stop was only a short walk from the museum and we caught a train back to the Mall near where we had parked our car.
That's about it for today. In the next post I will show you inside the museums we visited.