Washington in the Spring


A little work trip in April took me to Washington DC – a first time for me, and in between work things, I had time for a little exploring and sightseeing.

Washington was a lovely, and incredibly clean city, with amazing architecture and some great sights to be seen.

Here’s me with my pillow and panda mask ready for the flight!

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And the view over the city as we flew into Ronald Reagan Airport…

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The famous cherry blossoms, somewhat damp….

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Some rather fabulous wartime propaganda at the American Red Cross HQ…

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And some very impressive tiffany windows mixing the crusades with the red cross in a somewhat questionable way…

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Back of the White House…

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Yeah, I got a little over-excited at the prospect of seeing the actual White House

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Front of some impressive large building of some sort

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Some lovely decorative painting

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An unbelievably good pizza – courtesy of & pizza….

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Front of the White House

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The front of the very impressive American Red Cross HQ

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View from the rooftop bar over the park at sunset

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Sunset over the White House

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Extremely random and creepy Italian restaurant with our own Vatican section and a rotating Pope on the Lazy Susan…

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At the Lincoln Memorial…

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A little peek at Mr Lincoln…

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Serious Lincoln….

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Surprised Lincoln!

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Korean War memorial – Very creepy at night!

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WW2 memorial

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The fabulous Renwick Gallery – well worth a visit!

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Amazing sculptures made of business cards/index cards

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Beautiful rainbow string installation

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Wooden birds nest-type things

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And this one was REALLY cool – you have to lie down to take it all in – nets and lights and such

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And guess what it is?

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A very cool replica of a tree

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And a map of the Chesapeake River basin made out of marbles!

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Weird swirly glass thingy

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This room was incredible and creepy at the same time…

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Yes, they are all real insects….

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Drawers full of things…

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More cherry blossoms!

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Down in Chinatown

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At Detroit Airport I was impressed by this – never occurred to me that guide dogs need to go somewhere!

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Check out my new hairband/spontaneous airport purchase….

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And I found an extremely nice wine bar in the airport too…

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View over London, flying in at dawn

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