Now onto our DC trip. JP and I went to Washington DC (only a 4 hour driving trip from Pittsburgh) for our one year anniversary weekend. ONE YEAR? Where has the last year gone. It was an amazing year full of firsts and I am absolutely looking for the 50 + more years to come. Now instead of telling y'all about all of the neat things we did in DC, I'm going to show you in pictures. It was a beautiful and emotional trip. The cherry blossoms were in bloom and spring was trying to be in the air. Anyways, I hope you enjoy!
Here we are day 1 about to head to the Metro station!
Metro in Bethesda, Maryland which is a beautiful little town where we stayed. It was great because the Metro rail was just a few blocks from our hotel and we could take it all around town! We didn't have to move our car until it was time to go home. We're so green :)
In front of the White House. This is as close as you can get. Don't you love the pink cherry blossoms in bloom!
Our first day was a bit gray, quite chilly and extremely windy. This didn't stop us from taking a walking tour and exploring the city.
How awesome is this white squirrel?
We were lucky enough to be visiting during the cherry blossom festival! This is a two week long celebration of the cherry blossoms that Japan gave to the United States. The river basin which you will see further down is lined with cherry blossoms which is so beautiful during the short time that they are in bloom. We were able to catch the beginning of the parade before our walking tour.
Japanese drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University in Japan. Neat performance.
Now onto our walking tour. We started at the WWII Memorial.
Had to take a picture of my home state!
This is one of the statues that is part of the Vietnam War Memorial. It is dedicated to the women that served as nurses to the soldiers during this horrible time. I was very emotional while our tour guide was explaining this memorial to us because my mom was a nurse in the army. Though she wasn't serving during this time since she was too young, she still was a strong woman serving her country and I am so proud of her. I hope she knows that :)
Vietnam War Memorial
The story behind this memorial is so beautiful, deep and thoughtful. The type of stone that was used was specifically imported from India due to its reflective qualities. This memorial is more about reflecting on what happen in Vietnam and our loved ones. It is there to provoke thought and emotions. The story behind the design of this was and how it was chosen is also very interesting. I don't want to bore you so if you're interested here's the wikipedia page.
Another addition to the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial that was constructed to eliminate the controversy around it.
Here I am climbing up the steps!
You can actually walk around the the back of the Lincoln Memorial (most don't know this) and you can look across the Potomac River and see Arlington Cemetery and what was Robert E. Lee's home before he went on to command the Confederate Army.
Korean War Memorial
This short statement says so much. As the daughter of two retired military personnel, I am so proud to live in this country. I hold all who serve and have served with a very high regard. Thank God for our soldiers and I pray every day that those currently serving stay safe.
I took several pictures in the FDR Memorial, but this one stood out to me. There are 4 quadrents of the memorial, one for each term that FDR was president and each on had a different type of fountain. This was the fountain for his 3rd term during the time of WWII. The randomly set and fallen rocks represent the chaos of this time period beautifully.
We ended our tour at the Tidal Basin which is lined with all of the beautiful cherry blossoms. We were there towards the end of their short lived season.
After our tour we headed to Georgetown Cupcakes! I know what you're thinking and yes, it is the same shop that is on TLC's show 'DC Cupcakes' and yes it was worth the 1.5 hours we waited in line for them. It's just one of those things you have to do at least once!