Thursday, November 7, 2013

Kara Goes To Washington, D.C. {Day 3 ~ Friday Night}

On Friday, I took a tour called "Monuments in Moonlight".  It wasn't the exact tour I wanted to go on, but I decided it was good enough because that particular tour company picked-up and dropped-off at my hotel.  I really wish that I had taken my tripod with me to D.C.  Some of the darker spots were very difficult to photograph without it.  But I think I got some good shots anyway.

The first stop was The White House.
It's a little difficult to find you way, and our bus driver didn't get off of the bus.  Since I had been there earlier in the day, I was able to make my way easily.  There were some people from New Jersey on our tour (they weren't there for the Booker event...just a coincidence).  At one point, I heard them yell, "Slow down Texas!  We are all following you!"  

Next stop was the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  It has always been a favorite of mine.

The next stop was a dual stop... The FDR and MLK memorials
Roosevelt's is a huge memorial.  It is made up of "multiple rooms".  One marking each of his terms in office.  It also has a statue of his dog and his wife, which is unusual for the memorials.

"I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people" ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Love that Fala was memorialized too!
Next up was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
I was very impressed with this memorial.  I thought it was very well done.

One of my two favorite MLK quotes.

I don't know why I didn't get a pic of my second favorite quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ~ MLK, Jr.

The Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, & Vietnam War Memorial were all on the next stop.  They didn't really give enough time on the stops, so I skipped the Vietnam Memorial.  The Korean War Memorial was super dark.  It was very hard to get a decent picture here without a tripod.  This was the best I got, but it isn't very good.

The Lincoln Memorial

Final stop was the Marine Corp. War Memorial (Iwo Jima).  I didn't get a great shot here either.  This one is from my camera phone

I was disappointed my tour didn't stop at the World War II Memorial.  We drove by and it looked really pretty all lit up at night.  We also didn't stop at the Capitol for a pic.  I got this not-very-good photo as we drove by
I really enjoyed seeing all the monuments lit up at night.  



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