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The Mall In Washington DC – Beautiful Even On A Cold Wintry Day

These pictures were taken earlier this week on a cold, wintry day on the Mall.  As former residents of the area, we continue to fall in love every time we visit.  Can you see why?

The majestic Washington Monument
The majestic Washington Monument
The Washington Monument against darkening clouds
The Washington Monument against darkening clouds
The Capitol
The Capitol
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The beautiful Smithsonian building
Another Gallery on the Mall
S. Dillon Ripley Center
The National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History
The Smithsonian Building
The Smithsonian Building – Up Close
A few exhibits from the Air and Space Museum
A few exhibits from the Air and Space Museum
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Another impressive display
The impressive elephant in the Rotunda of the Natural History Museum
The impressive elephant in the Rotunda of the Natural History Museum

National Museum Of Natural History, Washington DC – A Perfect Escape

By Lakshmi:

Who? Anyone who is visiting the Washington DC area has a must do on their list – The Smithsonian Museums.  Many a visitor tends to cram all the museums on the Mall in one day.  But, if you have the luxury of time , it is awesome to spend at least half a day or more at each museum.

What? The National Museum of Natural History is located on the Mall in Washington DC.  Like most of the museums on the Mall, this one costs nothing to enter, making it an affordable, fun treat for the whole family.

How? You can take the Metro to the Smithsonian station and walk the path across the Mall to this museum.  Parking is tough, so public transportation is recommended.

Why?  Having spent many years in the DC area, we have lost count of the number of times we have visited the Smithsonian museums.  And now living away from the area, the museums are still a mandate on our yearly sojourns into the city.  This week, we were facing an incredibly cold day and off we walked into the National Museum of Natural History.  From the magnificent African elephant that greets you in the Rotunda, the museum is chock full of treasures and elements that holds attention spans across ages.  The Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals features 274 mammals found across continents over 220 million years.  From life size animal likenesses on display to artifacts that you can touch to learn more, the exhibit is simply awesome.  Toddlers are amazed to watch the animals in their story books come to life, young children marvel at the differences and similarities and adults walk away learning yet another unknown fact.  If animals are not your thing, and murder mysteries intrigue you, then you will love the Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake.  Of course, if diamonds are on your mind this holiday season, you cannot miss the Hope diamond on display in the Harry Winston gallery.  No visit for us is complete without catching an IMAX movie and this time we watched the Flying Monsters 3D, an impressive narration by David Attenborough.

I can go on and on about all the reasons we love this museum, including the gift shop and cafe….instead, I will stop here and share some pictures so you will want to visit.  You can also find an exhaustive listing of all the exhibits at their website at http://www.mnh.si.edu/

The impressive elephant in the Rotunda
The impressive elephant in the Rotunda

Why visit the Mammals exhibit?
Why visit the Mammals exhibit?

Our common origins
Our common origins

One of the 270 plus mammals on display
One of the 270 plus mammals on display

Want to join me?
Want to join me?

More life size mammals on display
More life size mammals on display

Bones, skeletons, artifacts and more...
Bones, skeletons, artifacts and more…

 

Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC – A Fitting Tribute

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone visiting the Washington DC area must absolutely visit this spot.  It is indeed a jewel in the crown of the many monuments dotting the DC landscape.

What? The Lincoln Memorial is located on the Mall in Washington DC and is open 24 hours a day (except Christmas Day)

How? You can take the Metro to the Smithsonian station and walk the path across the Mall and along the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial.

Why?  Abraham Lincoln’s role and legacy in US history needs no repeating.  The Lincoln Memorial is an absolutely fitting tribute to the 16th President of the United States.  From the first time I visited this monument many years ago to every visit I’ve made over the years, the site continues to move me.  As you walk across the reflecting pool and climb the steps towards the monument, the 36 Doric columns seem to play hide and seek with Lincoln.  Majestic is the first word that comes to mind when you set eyes on the gleaming block of marble from Georgia that has been chiseled with love and dedication by Daniel Chester French into Lincoln’s statue.  As you work your way up from the folds of clothing, towards the intense face of the man sitting in absolute composure, his infamous Gettysburg speech rings in your years.  This speech along with Lincoln’s second inaugural address are carved into the walls of the monument.  History buffs would also know that Dr, Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech on the steps of this very monument.

To truly appreciate the beauty of this monument, you need to visit it by day and again by night when it is lit up beautifully.  As you watch the cars whizzing by to and from Virginia behind the memorial, Lincoln seems to be looking down on his city, his nation promising that he is watching over its people.

To learn more about the Lincoln Memorial, please visit the National Park Service website at:

http://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm