Most of the morning was spent in downtown Washington, DC at the National Mall exploring/touring several monuments. It all began with a bus tour of “embassy row” where our tour guide shared interesting bits of knowledge about each embassy and other establishments, like the vice president’s residence, the location of Hilary Clinton’s residence, the National Cathedral, and even a “wanna-be” embassy that is actually a family residence tucked in this residential area where the embassies are located.
The tour guides provided by Discovery Education enchanted us with facts and anecdotes about not only the embassies, but also a couple of specific monuments, including the Jefferson Memorial, the the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument with a view also of the White House beyond, the FDR Memorial, the MLK Memorial, a walk along the tidal basin, and of course the Vietnam War and Korean War Memorials.
After lunch on the steps of the Natural Museum of History, we were released to scavenge the area of all the Smithsonian Museums at our leisure until 4PM. We returned from our touring day to crash. A scheduled independent night tour of the monuments was available to those wishing to see more after dark. (I skipped this because I had done a similar tour the last time I was in DC.) We just hung out for the rest of the evening. My legs and feet will be so sore tomorrow!
Here are some pics from the day that I grabbed from the DENSI2015 Group Pool.
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