Friday, December 2, 2016

Washington D.C - Five on Friday

It's so good to see Five on Friday back again. I'm joining in with Amy over at Love Made My Home for this lovely weekly get-together. It's always great to visit other blogs and see what everyone is talking about. There are a lot of interesting reads on the Five on Friday posts. I've learned lots of interesting things.

This Friday - like every day just recently - I'm thinking about daughter's move. Now that it is December it's really beginning to hit me. Firstly, this weekend we have to move her from Lansing to here (75miles) and then at the end of the month/beginning of January we have to move her 900 miles to Minnesota. Yikes. Definitely an adventure. This time last year we were going to pick her in Washington DC where she had spent 3 months for school and move her back to Michigan and then move all her stuff to her apartment.

I thought this week I'd share pictures from that lovely trip. I hadn't been to a big city over in America before so it was quite the adventure! I shared several of my photos of the memorials (Vietnam/World War II, Korean War) in this POST that I did on Armistice/Veteran's Day.

Lincoln memorial. This is a lot bigger than I thought! The actual statue of Lincoln is really big. Daughter is 5'8 so you can sort of see.

One of my favourite views was standing at the Lincoln Memorial and looking down at the Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument. Such a gorgeous view. We were so lucky with the weather. The air was crisp but the sun so bright and sky a glorious blue.

The Washington Monument construction began in 1848 but wasn't completed until 1884 due to the American Civil War. The monument is 554 feet 7 1132 inches (169.046 m) tall. It is the World's tallest Obelisk and tallest stone structure.

I managed to persuade hubby and daughter to stop in the National Botanical Gardens. Well worth the stop!

It was great to be in a place where there is an underground system, though it was a lot more depressing than the London Underground! There were no advertisements as we travelled down the escalators and we must have walked past the station several times as they weren't very clearly marked!

It was great to walk along the streets and actually see other people walking out and about!

This is one of my favourite pictures I took as we walked along. Who knew smoke actually came out of the ground like that? Not me!

We walked by the offices below and I must admit to feeling a little funny taking a picture lol.

I couldn't finish this post without posting a timely seasonal picture. We were so lucky to be there at a time when the White House Christmas Tree was up! There were so many people walking around visiting the display. It was so fantastic to see all the people.

It was a fantastic trip. Everything we went to see was free - yes FREE! We saw the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives as well as lots of other historical documents. There is just so much to do. I really would love to go back and spend a little more time there. Definitely worth a trip!

I am going to miss daughter, but with her moving to a new state it means new places for us to visit that perhaps we wouldn't go to. I am already researching her 'new' state and seeing what adventures we can go on!


  1. Hi Sharon and what a great post full of super photos from your time in Washington DC! Brought back great memories of our trip there a few years ago - you were so lucky to see water in the Reflecting pool! And to see the Christmas tree at the White House! Its a beautiful place!
    Hope all goes well with your daughter's move.
    Happy friday!

  2. I have only been to DC once and it was a great visit - only there for a day and on my own - I would go back and you have confirmed that it is a great place to visit. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. What a great post, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the places you visited. Good luck to your daughter, hope she soon settles in.

  4. Washington looks so clean and beautiful with everything on a grand scale. The white house tree is wonderful:)

  5. Thank you for sharing your photos! Looks like you had some nice weather during your visit. Glad you are looking at the positive side to your daughter's move - a new state to visit, etc. :)

  6. I'm glad you had a good trip and hope your daughter's move goes well. I still have vivd memories of seeing DC when I was about eight and you have shown me there is so much more to the the beautiful botanical garden! Thanks!

  7. Hope all goes well with your daughters move. I just realised that I am not following you so will do that right now.

  8. You take great pictures. I love the pictures of the botannical gardens. The Lincoln Memorial also looks amazing.

    You have some journeys ahead of you - good luck! x

  9. I remember our first trip to DC when our daughter lived there, quite a thrill.

  10. Great photos! Our parlament house in Helsinki looks a bit similar with columns etc. but of course it is smaller.

  11. Love the reflection photo. You will enjoy exploring new places when you visit yout daughter.

  12. Wow, the tree at the White House is amazing. It's such a big country, there must be so much to see. The Botanical gardens look a great place to visit xx

  13. Oh yes, I can sympathise I am moving too, your exact mileage made me smile, such a Mum thing to calculate - thank goodness for skype and e-mails!
    I have mentioned Washington in my Five, so if you visit I hope you will have a smile too!
    Wren x

  14. Please do come back and save a week for the Smithsonian Museums. Very interesting. There's a secret little garden over by the "Castle". You can slip in there and rest when you've been walking a lot.


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