Due to the death of bin Laden (you know, America's Most Wanted), the metro ride into D.C. was tension filled with policemen with M-4 rifles (semi-automatics with a pistol whip and gun barrels with blazing torque and steel silencers. OK, I know nothing about guns, but I know the M-4 part is right. Someone smart told me.) But we made it to the Capitol with just enough time to make it through security.
No Monday should be started without it.
We had our tour of the U.S. Capitol that morning, and this statue was our meeting point. Can't miss it.
I scheduled our tour with our Congressman (after he denied us our White House tour) in advance.
While you can get tickets the day of, I strongly recommend going with your congressman.
It is like the ultimate fast pass. Our tour was given by one of the most important politicos: the intern.
And he was hilarious.
And we got to jump in front of all of the lines.
Everyone mocks the planner, but it pays to plan ahead, guys.
Intern said people rub it with their feet for good luck.
So we did.
2. The old senate room. No pictures are allowed in the current senate room.
So this will have to do.
Love the curtains.
3. The fresco on the ceiling in the rotunda depicting the apotheosis of G. Washington.
4. Next was the rotunda, a circular room with life size paintings and sky high windows.
Finally, some light!
This is also the room I got yelled at by a security guard because I touched a statue.
My middle name is danger.
Or I'm an idiot who can't keep her hands to herself.
I loved the capitol. (However, skip the visit to the current senate room. We had to wait FOREVER, and you walk into the room and leave. I'd rather see it on C-SPAN.)
So Jacob and I headed over to one of my biggest anticipations: the Library of Congress.
A library without books?
Where are all of the books?
If the above room is called the reading room, then where are all of the BOOKS?!
In the gift shop. At least they had my favorite type of book: books about books.
(Really- I loved the Library of Congress. Seeing the Gutenberg Bible was impressive. But I wasn't prepared for no books. Yeah, yeah, I get that they don't want tourists' grimy hands all over the books, but I didn't know. Forgive me, I'm new.)
The Shakespeare Folger Library is kiddie-corner to the Supreme Court, and is one of those museums where they love guests. We were treated very well and got an inside look at the stage.
To start off, the building is spectacular.
We watched a quick video about law in America and went upstairs for a lecture. (per recommendation of the information booth attendee.)
That was the best. advice. ever.
If you do not attend a lecture, you can only see inside the actual courtroom from a far.
But in a lecture, you sit inside the courtroom (no sneaky photos. They had plenty of armed guards) while the 'lecturer' gave us the inside scoop. This is a must.
Powerful things happen here.
After a quick lunch (linner) at the Union Station, we ran over to the Museum of Natural History.
The hours were extended, so we made it right after it was regularly supposed to close at 5 p.m.
This is the way to do it people.
It was practically empty.
(Well, the bones are at least real!)
Another favorite? The photography contest exhibit. I am still in awe.
Phew. I'm exhausted.