The husband had some work in Washington D.C. on Monday and I used the opportunity to tag along, bunk work and spend a wonderful day in the National Mall area of D.C., taking in the sights and lots of pictures, all for you guys of course. We have been there several times before, but the fun of roaming around aimlessly with no one to prod you along is something else, I tell you!
Early morning, the husband dropped me off at Constitution Avenue and I walked around merrily without a plan…
… stopping to take pictures of pretty little street corners on the way.
And then I turned a corner and this is what I saw… no, seriously!
Imagine turning around a bend and coming across THE most famous address in the country! I was surprised, shocked and excited all at once, to put it very mildly. One would think I would have had a fair idea of what to expect after wondering about the security guys popping up from behind every other tree – but I am the original naive girl, I am!
Is that Uncle Sam on the right, mowing his lawn this nice October morning? Somehow, I don’t think so!
It felt strange – the National Mall area was uncharacteristically peaceful on Monday morning.
These D.C. moms had the walking track all to themselves!
The school kids were out in full force too!
And this outdoor creche had me fascinated! Who were these kids? Why were they in the National Mall area? Were they out for a baby picnic perhaps?
I took advantage of the lack of crowds and signed up for a free tour of the Capitol.
Our tour guide was amazing! She was a history student with an encyclopedic knowledge of American Presidents and politicians.
The Capitol building itself is BEAUTIFUL!
And finally, I visited the lovely Botanical Gardens right opposite the Capitol.
I had a wonderful time, overall! Before I sign off, let me leave you with our good thought for the day – this board outside the Gardens was a pleasant surprise for me! Please do read it through.