Monday, April 22, 2013

Seeing the Sights . . .

. . . in our nation's capitol - Washington, D.C.

Happy Monday evening everyone!  
No cards to share with you this evening.  Hubby & I are taking a few days to enjoy/explore our nation's capitol and there is SO MUCH to see.

Capitol Building

As close as we attempted to get to the White House!

Small portion of Arlington Cemetery

Smithsonian Castle

Mark & I inside the beautiful Botanical Gardens in the Smithsonian Castle.

I think this is my FAVORITE photo so far ... Mark into the beautiful tower of windows within the Smithsonian Castle.

We may have missed the Cherry Blossom Festival but luckily we still made it in time to see some of these gorgeous Cherry Tree's in bloom.  They are breath taking!

I am so glad I took this close up during our walk up to the Union Station. 
These are not fruit trees ... they are a flowering tree called Yoshino Cherry Trees.  In 1912, the people of Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship

This is Union Station where we picked up our bus tickets to partake in the Hop On - Hop Off tours.  If you are ever in the Washington, D.C. area ... this is a FABULOUS way to get around to all the amazing sites!

Whew!  I know that was a lot of pictures but I really could have shared more, LOL (I took 70 photos yesterday).  So I hope you enjoyed Day 1 of our trip and tomorrow I'll share a few photos from today's adventures . . . Lincoln Monument, Vietnam Wall, WWII Memorial, Smithsonian Natural History Museum [dinosaurs].  But for now, I'm taking off my shoes (my feet are screaming ... they haven't walked this much in a long time!), putting on my PJs and relaxing for the rest of the evening!

More fun planned for tomorrow!
How blessed we are . . . GOD BLESS AMERICA!


nwilliams6 said...

Beautiful pictures - looks like you had a wonderful time! You are such a great photographer!

Gail said...

Great Pictures Darlene - enjoy your fun trip! Gail

Miranda Slagboom-de Groot said...

Great pictures Darlee. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
Hugs Miranda

Stef H said...

one of the best vacations i ever had was to DC. fabulous pictures! have a marvelous time!

hugs :)

jrmom said...

AWESOME post and not too many pictures. I'm so glad you and Pap took this's been too long. And yes I agree...the picture of him in the cathedral is profound. Enjoy! love you both

Anonymous said...

Oh I just LOVE Washington DC!! Hubby and I went several years ago and I'd love to go back as I felt we didn't have enough time. Loved seeing the FBI building with the tour..very intersting! The Holocaust museum was just opening up when we went and I loved that too...many tears shed during that time for me. This is the perfect time of year to go to as all of those gorgeous trees are in bloom! Fantastic photos and thanks for sharing! :) Enjoy the rest of your time there!! HUGS

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oooooh how gorgeous!! I loved seeing your pictures!! My fave are the cherry blossoms. How beautiful!! Looks like fun!! Now that we have moved to VA, I have to take my hubby there.

Ellis said...

Beautiful photos you have taken and the trees looks amazing! I was there in 99, mostly walked in and out of museums, but saw a lot of other things to, among all people even Al Gore, although I didnät know who he was but everyone else took ooics so I did too! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Pam said...

Lovely photos, the flowers are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Wendy L said...

Lovely pics again. Love the cherry blossoms and the hydrangeas so beautiful. White house great too. xxx