We had a great three days in the USA’s capital city. My mum is from this area and as children my brother and I really enjoyed visiting here. I was eager to share it with Reuben! We stayed with my friend Sam and his wife Jean, and really appreciated their hospitality. Some of our highlights in Washington D.C were:
Visiting the Museum of the American Indian. This is a beautifully done museum that really tries to take stories of the different tribes and tell them in the tribes’ own voices.
Taking a tour of the Capitol building and learning more about the US Government processes. We loved being there outside the busy time – we could walk right into a free tour!
Seeing the White House and the peace protest outside of it (the longest running peace protest in the USA, lasting over 20 years and the only one now allowed outside the White House). We had an interesting chat to the guy who was manning the 24 hour a day protest.
Visiting St John’s church, the official church of the president.
Spending time at the Holocaust memorial museum, one of the most moving museums I have ever been to. Very interactive and heartbreaking. No photos were allowed inside so it is hard to convey… check it out here if you want to learn more.
Touring the National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden, where we visited some of my favourite paintings and also saw an exhibit by George Bellows.
Having dinner with Sam and his sister Laura at an Ethiopian restaurant then watching the first presidential debate at a bar. It was so great connecting with old friends. (Sam and Laura are the children of Carolyn and Dan, who we stayed with in Chicago).
Visiting the US History Museum. This was one of my favourite museums when I was little, but it was a little bit disappointing this time with lots of exhibits closed for renovations.
Washington D.C is really amazing. The history, the culture and the fact that so many museums and monuments are free to visit make it a fascinating city to explore – we had a great time. Monuments to follow in the next post!