Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tuesday in DC

Tuesday was spent in meetings, being tortured on chairs left over from the Spanish Inquisition. But all that was redeemed when evening came and I got to finally meet my long-lost cousin, Doralong!

We had dinner at the Ritz Carlton, which was fantastic (fried goat cheese & beets, among other things....yum).

But even better was sitting across the table from someone who, once again, proved to be exactly as warm, witty and fun as her blog had led me to believe. It was just delightful.

It was also too short as I had to go back to the hotel for a Monuments by Night tour. I was looking forward to that because, let's face it, Washington D.C. is kinda all about the monuments. And it was beautiful.

The Capitol and "the monument" at dusk.The Iwo Jima sculpture is way, way bigger than I had thought. Semper fi!

I just brought the little family point-and-shoot camera so it didn't do super well with the night photography but I like this shot anyway.

The monument to FDR is quite something....a long walk leading up to a plaza composed of walls (with some of his words carved on them), fountains and wonderful statues of both FDR

and Eleanor.

When we first got to the Viet Nam wall I was disappointed. By then it was very late and dark and the black of the wall just slide into the darkness. But then we started to walk along it and the power of that monument was just as strong as if we were seeing it by day.

It is quite something...all those names. That's probably the eternal strength of this particular design. A statue can't convey the cost of war the way thousands of names can.

The Lincoln Memorial is like a church. Not just because it is so large but because it is so quite. People stand there, hushed, looking up at the Great Emancipator (who would be 27 feet tall if he stood up (freaky), and reflecting on, well, I guess on what greatness looks like.



Blogger sageweb opined...

That Dora is cute as a the pictures

May 12, 2010 8:26 AM  
Blogger Doralong opined...

Glad you enjoyed the monuments! And why on earth am I squinting?? It was a lovely, if far too short, visit! No pics of your first soft shell crab??

May 12, 2010 8:39 AM  
Blogger Willym opined...

What I want is to sit across the table from the two of you here at my favorite trattoria in Roma and be the envy of every guy 'cause I got two beautiful women with me. And maybe we can get Sage to join us so I'll have three!!!!!!

May 12, 2010 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

P, L, H, & B T's

Yay!!! Great tour guiding with humor!



May 12, 2010 12:19 PM  
Blogger Mom opined...

I love the monuments after dark. The Viet Nam wall always makes me cry.

May 12, 2010 6:16 PM  
Blogger Sling opined...

That stuff gets me all choked up.
Thanks for sharing the great pix!.

May 12, 2010 7:36 PM  
Blogger Citymouse opined...

I am just going to sit here an smile!

May 15, 2010 5:41 AM  
Blogger rosemary opined...

Catching up with you and your grand trip....jealous that you have met more bloggers, have never been to DC but i will and you look vundabah!

May 15, 2010 3:43 PM  
Blogger Miss Healthypants opined...

Iwanski and I were both in awe of the Vietnam wall, IS something to see it in person, isn't it?

May 15, 2010 6:41 PM  
Blogger Catmoves opined...

Have been to D.C. twice (both visits before the Vietnam Memorial was erected) and have been cowed and intimidated by the Lincoln statue. Found it to be quite educating in learning humility. Just have to get back there when our country calms down a bit.
Glad you enjoyed your visit, but really, fried goat cheese?
Fried beets?
Please don't take D.C. too seriously. You'll get a tummy ache.

May 18, 2010 6:14 PM  
Blogger Grish opined...

Fantastic pics!

May 19, 2010 1:55 AM  

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