Wednesday, October 28, 2015

George, you have a lovely place.

Courtney, Cammy and I hopped on a plane a few weeks ago and flew out
 for a short few days to visit Coryn.
 Her husband was involved in medical training that took him away and so we decided to have a big girl's sleepover and visit the sites. 
So much to see. So little time. Here is my photo retrospective:

 Paying our respects to Brother Brigham in the Hall of Statues.

We kicked off our day by visiting The Capitol in the heart of Washington DC.
A bit of serendipity:
We were given a wonderful personal 2 hour tour by a young man named Lincoln
who was born and raised in our nation's capital. 
 The dome of the capitol is being reinforced and is surrounded by scaffolding.

 The Hall of Columns.

 Magnificent chandelier near the old Senate chambers.

 A shout-out to Utah and Promontory Point.

 This art piece is on the ceiling directly under the dome.
The draping is protecting it from all of the construction happening.

 I love this bust of President Abraham Lincoln.
One of my heroes.

As we concluded the tour we stopped in front of the 9-11 Memorial,
a tribute to those brave souls who lost their lives in Pennsylvania
while stopping the terrorists who were taking the plane to hit the Capitol.
A elderly woman who was working at the desk nearby
came over to us and began to share with us the stories of each of the individual names
engraved on the memorial.
She told us that she was working that fateful day in the Capitol
when they were notified to evacuate. 
She described to us what happened and an image she will always remember:
Hundreds of shoes on the Capitol steps (most were women's heals or sandels)
that were left behind as people took them off so they could run.
She expressed great reverence for those individuals who had sacrificed their own lives
to protect the lives of those within the Capitol that day.
We were all choked up after hearing her words.

 The Supreme Court.
(photo by Cammy) 
We took a long walk though charming Georgetown.

 The National Mall was stunning at night.

 This was on my list of  'must sees.'
I love Abe.

 The National Gallery of Art is a gorgeous museum.
One of the finest in the world.
I could have spent days in there.
Since we were limited on time, we did try to see some of my favorites.

Next post, some terrific Smithsonian Museums.


Mar C said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful time! Love the photo's!!

Coryn said...

Beautiful photos, mom! I'm so glad you could come visit. Can't wait for your return trip :)