visit to Washington DC
- by Fredde -
This is just a short story from when I visited Washington
D.C about a month ago. The place I live and work at
is about 400km south from the capital. I knew from before
that our beloved chat-girl Beth has a good friend working
in Washington, so I kinda asked if she couldn't set
us up since I was going her direction anyway. Well,
it didn't take long before me and her started mailing
and exchanging phone numbers. Guess Beth had done a
great job telling her friend how nice I am. :o)
So I jumped in my car and went north on a friday afternoon.
Cruising through the countryside and recognizing a whole
bunch of names from the civil war era. I even drove
past a place called Rawlings. I didn't stop...sorry
Angel. ;o) I finally found my way to the right part
of the city and we met up outside her apartment. We
had a good time on friday night out on the town with
her Finnish friends.
Went to a few places in the Georgetown university area.
Then saturday was sightseeing day. Parked the car two
blocks from the White House and started to warm up the
camera I had bought. It's all very concentrated to a
"small" area downtown where all the famous sights are.
Fought my way through busloads of Japanese tourists
to get a few shots of George W's little mansion. Then
off to the place called "the Mall" where the Capitol
building, the Washington monument and the Lincoln Memorial
is situated. You probably recognize the Lincoln memorial
on one of the pictures from the Forrest Gump movie?
Forrest jumped in the Reflecting Pool to meet his girl.
Then we were off to Arlington Memorial, the famous military
burying ground just outside the downtown area. It's
a very nice and powerful place to see with all the white
headstones lined up in perfect rows as long as the eye
can see. It's really huge, trust me. And the weekend
I visited was Memorial Day weekend. So the place was
packed with people paying respect to their old ancestors
buried there. And every headstone has an american flagg
in front of it.
You really should spend days, and days in Washington
to see it all and to take your time to get up close
and personal. All the museums are around the Mall area
as well, but we had no time to take a peek inside this
On sunday afternoon we went to see this huge parade
of Vietnam veterans on motorcycles just a few blocks
from the White House. It was a great day and people
showed up in thousands and thousands. Rumor has it that
60-70000 bikes were in the parade and almost as many
bikes stood by the everlasting main street of the parade
cheering on their old war heroes. And about 250-300
thousand people stood along the streets. It was real
cool...2 hours standing and listening to bikes thunder
by..it was almost like a rock concert. :o)
Headed home to North Carolina sunday afternoon with
a smile on my face. Special thanks to "Antsu"
Best wishes of a great festival.