Washington DC – America – Photos

Reflecting pool Washington

Reflecting pool Washington

I took the train to Washington DC from Philadelphia.  It’s an amazing city and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.  The grid system for the streets makes it so easy to find your way around.  I didn’t realise until I was just leaving that the numbering system begins at the Capitol so you can always tell where you are.  That’s a real bonus for me as I get lost so easily!

When I booked the trip I hadn’t realised that I would be in Washington on Memorial Day.  That turned out to be a real treat.

Lincoln Memorial

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

I chose to begin at the Lincoln Memorial and walked up the Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol.  The photo above shows the Washington Momument being reflected in the pool.  It is possible to go to the top of the Monument and the view from there must be extraordinary.  My time was limited so I didn’t take advantage of that.

The Lincoln Memorial itself is really impressive.  I am so pleased that I have had the opportunity to visit it.

European Memorial

European Memorial

Not far away the European Memorial obviously attracted my attention.  Very peaceful.

Bikers parading

Bikers parading

Memorial Day

The central streets are all closed to traffic on Memorial Day.  Bikers from all over the country fill the city.

They parade from the Pentagon to the Capitol and there are so many of them that the parade seems to last forever.  The air is filled with the sound of motor bikes and the atmosphere is amazing.

White House

White House

White House

I had to include a photo of the White House even though it’s probably the most photographed building in the world.  There’s a lovely park in front of it with lots of statues and trees.  As it was a really hot day it was good to be able to sit in the shade for a short while before continuing my exploring.

Sculpture garden - insect

Sculpture garden – insect

My stay in Washington was all too short, but I thought I’d leave you with two images from the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.  These were really striking.

Sculpture garden - tree

Sculpture garden – tree

This silver coloured tree is called ‘Graft’.  I loved it.

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  1. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Thank you for the pictures I have not been there in years. Glad you had a great time and always include us on your trips Thank you

  2. Eve A Ward says:

    I do love that you always include us (and I’m a shut-in) on your travels. I will never be allowed to go and well…. it is just special to me. Thank you for allowing me to travel with you.


  3. Valerie, California, USA says:

    Sounds like you did a whirlwind tour of our capitol. Did you get to take a tour into the White House? It’s pretty sad that I live here (California) and have never been to DC. Very high on my bucket list is the Smithsonian. I love history and that is the place to see it all.
    Thanks for posting the pictures, Rose.

    • Hi Valerie. No, we didn’t take the tour of the White House – and we only walked past the Smithsonian without actually going in. It really was a flying visit, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

    • If you ever get the chance, go to the Smithsonian! You could spend days in those buildings and not see it all. We didn’t go through the White House but did get to tour some of the Pentagon (BIL was stationed there) and learned some interesting things about it.

      • Thanks, Judy. I realise now that the Washington part of our trip was far too short. How fascinating to be taken on a tour of the Pentagon.