Friday, September 30, 2011

The White House Tour

First of all thank you for all the great comments you have been making. I have loved reading them but as my time is limited right now it will be another week before I can pop on over. We are having a great time showing Rose the sights around our area.

It is still a bit hard to believe that the three of us walked out of the front door of The White House, along with many other people who were lucky enough to go on the same tour. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos inside but it is all indelibly printed in the photographic part of our memory. The following shows President Rose with Vice-President Gregg and Mrs. Vice-President Denise. No, this wasn't in the real White House obviously but on the way back to the car we found a gift shop with a mock-up of the Oval Office.

President Rose gives a speech to the world.

This photo was taken before we went in.
Lots of brollies out but it really wasn't raining too badly. We lucked out with the weather as there have been some torrential downpours lately.

After a wonderful tour we were all outside and everyone was snapping pictures.

Below is one of Rose with a very nice gate guard. Rose has not too long ago had surgery on both knees so whenever we know there is a lot of walking to be done, we make use of the wheel chairs provided. Actually we didn't realize that we could get one at first, but when one of the guards saw Rose using her stick at the beginning of our tour, he showed us where we could ask for one. Everyone we met on that tour was absolutely brilliant.

We had to go through the security gates before we went inside and as Rose has titanium pins in both knees the alarms went off. She was asked to step to the side and 'wanded' but it was all done in a very sensitive manner, and when Rose noticed that one of the personnel had the same last name and said that's my name too, he gave her a big hug and said, "Well hi there cousin!" They spent a few minutes chatting away and we eventually continued our tour.

At one point we separated because there was a big flight of stairs, and she and Gregg were taken in a different direction to use an elevator. Do you know they got to see the kitchens? The elevator was too small and only big enough for three people, the two of them and the guard who escorted them. They also got to see where the President's elevator was and that was a small one too.

Outside the gate.

There you go, I hope you've enjoyed these. I'll be posting more photos of our time with Rose when I get some more computer time.


  1. A wonderful series of images of your day Denise... lovely to see.

  2. That was such a fun tour Denise! We had a rainy week too. Enjoy yourself and have a great week ahead!

  3. I'm betting that's a tour your friend will never forget!
    Jane x

  4. wonderful pictures...looks like you had a great time!!

  5. What a wonderful tour Denise, I can see the three of you had a great time...
    I hope I'm lucky enough to see the White House in person someday, it's on my bucket list !
    Have a great weekend.

  6. Looks like a great tour. The mock up photos in the oval office and at the President's podium are especially fun.

  7. Thank you. That was a lovely virtual tour.

  8. You would make a great Second Lady Denise and I bet Gregg would be visiting lots of warships.

  9. Fun pictures of the president and vice president. I once had brunch at The White House (with 200 other people) It is overwhelming when you realize where you are, isn't it?

  10. How wonderful to be a tourist in your own area and to share it with Rose!

  11. Simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!