|a different view of the US Capitol...in bloom with azaleas!|
|the reflecting pool in front of the Washington Monument|
is undergoing repairs...
Day 1, Carol’s Day
|the Smithsonian Castle|
|the Museum of Natural History|
The intellectual part is always satisfied by a visit to the Smithsonian Institutes. This trip, however, we focused on the Smithsonian Castle, the headquarters of all the 19 museums, and the premier museum, the Museum of Natural History. The two face each other and, eerily, when you look to the right facing the Cathedral, you will see the Washington Monument and to the left is the Capitol Building.
|the Coelacanth, ancient fish back from the dead in African waters|
|tentacles of the 36-ft preserved giant squid|
|the only thing Bill needs to get for me|
the American Golden Topaz, almost 23,000 carats!
|the White House on the right; its veggie garden on the left|
|where Lincoln was assassinated...the Ford Theatre|
|our fave...the Lincoln Memorial!|
|and then she got tired...and the following day, sick...|
|the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception|
The following day, I woke up to another flare-up of hives (the days have turned too cold even for a spring day). So I asked Bill to go on with the visits scheduled for the day so that this post may be complete! And the nice guy that he is, he did! The next two paragraphs then are courtesy of my co-photographer, traveling companion, now co-writer, and co-conspirator in all things big and small!
|the Washington National Cathedral|
|the Jefferson Memorial|
|the Grant Memorial|
|the Titanoboa, world's largest ever snake|