The Pentagon was just three stops away and I was on the train with a lot of military personnel going to work. It was kind of exciting! I had some trouble finding the 9/11 Memorial because the signs were pointing all sorts of directions. For the future, you come out of the metro and go right around the building. The signs point left towards a smaller parking lot but that is wrong. Turn right and walk alongside the building to get there. Your welcome. I looked like a loon walking back and forth several times.
Each bench represents a person who lost their life that day at the Pentagon site. The benches facing right are those lost on the plane and the ones facing left were people that were in the Pentagon.
There names are etched on each bench. This was the youngest person who passed. She was three years old. Her family members names are listed below, in the area where the water is.
The order of the benches is determined by birth year of each victim. This is the "zero line" and the first bench after this is 1998, the year Dana was born.
The gap between the two rows represents the gap in years between Dana and her sister, who was the next victim. The rows continue on all the way until 1930 which was the oldest person who perished.
I took the metro back to the hotel so I could dump my stuff and walk
Georgetown is cute.
Yes, that is a line of people waiting outside. Fools. I got my cupcakes and seriously booked it back to the hotel. I passed by Sprinkles and felt bad. Not a soul in the store. The workers looked bored. If I didn't have a half dozen cupcakes in my hand from their competitor, I would have stepped in to buy some more!
I made it back to the hotel and we decided to catch a cab to the Archives since we had limited time. Ugh. We should have just taken the train. It didn't really take us any longer but we paid for a Metrocard and should use it.
Buy VIP entrance tickets online before going! We had virtually no wait time (except through security) while the line for the regular folks stretched outside into the heat. Once inside, we went straight to the Charters of Freedom aka Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution. No pictures allowed of course. We moved throughout the rest of the exhibits before leaving for our next adventure. LUNCH!
We ate lunch at Austin Grill which was quite yum. I had sweet potato fries which are my newest obsession. Then we walked up the street to the National Portrait Gallery. I loved this place.
The guy who invented the faux-hawk
Juliette Low, creator of the Girl Scouts
Katherine Hepburn's Oscars
I married an A's fan.
I love the architecture in DC.
From there, we walked over to see the other side of the White House
I look busted. It was so hot that day!
We went back to our hotel to rest and shower. Tonight would be our last night in DC and we were doing the Monuments by Moonlight tour that left out of Union Station. This was an amazing tour. If you go to DC, you must do this. The pictures speak volumes. Picture overload ahead....
The Supreme Court
The Library of Congress
The obsession with the Washington Monument continues....
Beautiful sky over the Potomac
Leaving the Jefferson Memorial and moving onto the...
Lincoln Memorial. Sorry I made this so big. I just love it.
The Korean War Memorial. This was truly amazing. I'm so glad we went at night because it was so haunting in the darkness.
Iwo Jima. Stunning.
We got back to our hotel room at about 11 and we had to be up at 5 a.m. and go back to Union Station to take the train to New York. We were sad our time in DC was over because we just had the best time. It is a place we hope to return to and explore so many more of the sights.