After my week in NY, I boarded a bus for DC, where I had a work meeting on Friday. The meeting didn’t take too long, and my plane didn’t leave until late in the evening, so I spent the afternoon wandering the city. I spent most of my time around the national mall, seeing everything from the White House to the Smithsonian to the Capitol Building. The area is deceptively large – I assume it was some kind of joke by the city planner (Pierre L’Enfant). Luckily I discovered a bike rental hut about halfway through the day, which gave me more time to see the whole thing!
And now… a photo tour of my visit:
Waiting at the bus stop to head to D.C.
It was literally just a sign on the sidewalk. I was only about 15% sure I would get shanked.
The driver was a sassy new yorker, and the bus was from the early nineties. It was great!
“…Then I walked through the *Lincoln Tunnel*!” (There were no swirly twirly gumdrops on the other side.)
Good bye NYC…
…hello NJ… yay.
Welcome to Delaware.
I stayed in a great hotel.
Decent bathroom. I would give it a 4/5.
Breakfast at the Corner Bakery. Food seems more exciting by yourself.
Nice statue. In retrospect, the guy right next to me protesting about “Every day is Chernobyl” would have made a better photo.
Statue in Lafayette park
So apparently you can take Segway tours of the city. I scoffed at them, but would come to envy them very shortly after this.
The White House.
THE Bank of America.
The Treasury building.
I wasn’t sure I would be able to find the Washington Monument. That was silly.
I checked, but the shadow wasn’t pointing at anything.
I only made it to the ‘Atlantic’ side of the memorial. Sorry, Pacific-ites!
Made it to the Lincoln Memorial. It was much bigger and farther than I thought…
When you’re this big, they call you Mr. President.
Four score and seven years ago….
Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial.
See, I was there, I swear!
Korean War memorial – soldiers on patrol.
This was beautiful – images of soldiers etched into the granite wall.
The District of Columbia War Memorial.
Entrance to the Martin Luther King Jr memorial, on the shore of the Tidal Basin.
Such a great statue.
There’s the Jefferson Memorial… so far away!
Jefferson Memorial across the Tidal Basin from the MLK Jr memorial.
Look, it’s the Capitol Building on the horizon! Good thing I just got a bike….
Natural History Museum building.
The Smithsonian “castle”
One of three national gallery buildings.
The Capitol Building and reflecting pond.
Passing by the capitol building.
This should look familiar to all my Ottawa bretheren.
The Jefferson memorial. Of all the buildings, I really wanted to see this one. The bike helped!
Looking out over the Tidal Basin.
This is the White House backyard.
The White House’s next door neighbour. I should know what it is, but I don’t.
After over 3 hours of walking/biking I deserved a treat. Some self-topped frozen yogurt. See what I mean? Food is more exciting by yourself.
I ended the day by spending a few hours at Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle. Aside from a great selection of books, they have a little cafe where I enjoyed a fantastic bison burger and the last delicious beer I will be having for some time.
I won’t bore you with the details of my 48-hour flight home, and I didn’t get any good pictures of my overnight in Doha. But stay tuned, because next time I will post a special b-roll tour of NYC!