August 13, 2011

Postcards from the Capital Beltway



The gateway to everything in DC, The Metro. This is the Smithsonian Metro stop

National Museum of American History

Julia Child's Kitchen

Michelle Obama's Inaugural Gown

The Ruby Slipper from Wizard of Oz

Jefferson's Desk where he drafted the Declaration of Independence

Simba's mask from Lion King

The Grand Staircase of the National Museum of American History

Washington Monument

The Capitol

The National Holocaust Memorial Museum - very powerful and moving. It's now one of my favorite museums

As you enter the exhibit, you are given a passport with information about a Holocaust victim. Mine was this woman named Berta Krakauerova

The Hall of Remembrance

Eternal Flame in the Hall of Remembrance - the memorial contains earth from concentration camps, mass execution sites and ghettos of Nazi occupied Europe

Holocaust survivors who volunteer at the museum. They are Fanny Aizenberg and Helen Goldkind. Their stories are very touching

The lobby of the museum. Photos are not permitted in the permanent exhibit. I have to admit that I had a very heavy feeling going through the exhibit and several times came close to tears.

The Jefferson Bldg of The Library of Congress

The Fountain in front of the Library of Congress

The Great Hall

On the lower left arch is a glass case which contain the Gutenberg Bible

The National Gallery of Art

Vermeer's Woman Holding A Balance

Raphael's The Alba Madonna

The National Gallery's Sculpture Garden

The Capitol Dome upclose

The Smithsonian Institution's main building called The Castle

Inside The Castle, looking very much like the Gryffindor Common Room

The crypt of James Smithson, benefactor of the Smithsonian Institution

The Washington Monument all lit up!

The National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Maryland crabs from Obrycki's

Watergate

Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

The Potomac and over there is Shirlington Village and Signature Theatre

Georgetown

what a great qoute!

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