My wife and I decided to visit Washington's National Mall. Although I had heard of the Mall, I really wasn't expecting it to be so large. (Yes, I had visited Minneapolis' Mall of America in 1992—right after it opened and before we moved from Minnesota.) The National Mall is unlike anything I had experienced before.
|Barbara in the National Mall with the nation's capitol in the background, May 4, 2017.|
|Our first stop was the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American history, where we visited Julia Child's kitchen on the ground floor of the museum. We spent most of the day there.|
After seeing a few things in the Air and Space Museum, we rode the train to Shady Grove Metro Station, then drove our car back to our son John's house in Mt. Airy, Maryland. The next day we returned to the National Mall, where we visited the Air and Space Museum until 3:00 p.m.
|Another photo of Barbara, smiling, in front of the U.S.S. Enterprise|
|Yet another view of the U.S.S. Enterprise|
From the Air and Space Museum (where we saw many more exhibits than the U.S.S. Enterprise), we went to the National Gallery of Art. Among the paintings we saw were some by Johannes Vermeer, one of Barbara's favorite artists.
|Barbara with Vermeer's "The Girl with the Red Hat" at the National Gallery of Art, National Mall, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1917|
|Barbara was definitely in her element today. Here she is with Vermeer's "Girl with a Flute" at the National Gallery of Art.|
The National Gallery of Art closed at 5:00 p.m., so we had dinner at L'Enfant Plaza near the mall, then returned to Mt. Airy.
On Monday, May 8, 1917 we returned to Washington. Our day began much like it had been on the 4th and 5th: We drove from Mt. Airy to Shady Grove Metro Station, then rode the train to Washington's Farragut North Station. Then we boarded a DC Circulator bus for the Washington Waterfront, where we took a 45-minute down the Potomac River aboard the Nightingale. It was cold and windy, and very few customers were on board. ... But it was enlightening.
|Looking back toward the pier from the Nightingale as we began our Potomac River cruise.|
|Washington Monument as seen from the Potomac River, May 8, 2017|
|The domed Jefferson Memorial as seen from the Potomac, May 8, 2017|
|Lincoln Memorial Building as seen from the Potomac River, May 8, 2017|
After the Potomac cruise, we boarded the DC Circulator and continued our explorations.
|Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., May 8, 2017|
|Inside the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., May 8, 2017|
|A reading room in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., May 8, 2017|
|A final view of the U.S. Capitol before heading back to Mt. Airy, Maryland.|
We flew back home on May 9.