Virginia days (4): The National Mall

I arrived at the hotel. The hotel was very comfortable. I enjoyed the view from the window.

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I took a nap and woke up, when my BFF and her daughter texted me, “We are getting ready to knock.” I was thrilled to think that we were about to meet – for the first time in almost two years!

Finally, the time came! I was delighted to see them – so delighted that I felt as if it were a dream. They were as kind, loving, and caring as always. We had a lot of things to talk about, so we went to a restaurant downstairs and caught up with each other.

Next morning, we ate a delicious American breakfast. Particularly, I liked pancakes.

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We left the hotel and took the metro at Franconia-Springfield.

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Franconia-Springfield Station
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Ronald Regan Washington National Airport

On the way to Washington D.C., there was a station called Crystal City. I liked the name. It is the most imagination-stirring name I have ever heard!

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Smithsonian Station

Getting off at Smithsonian, we strolled along the National Mall. It was my second visit there. The last time was with my BFF in 1997. I had never imagined that I would be able to come back again with a sweet lady, my BFF’s daughter! (From now on, let me call her Miss Fairy.)

You can see several national museums on both sides of the National Mall.

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National Museum of Natural History

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Statue of James Smithson
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Arts and Industries Building

Walking down the Mall past the Arts and Industries Building, we caught sight of a historic carousel. According to the signage, the carousel was part of a victory for Civil Rights. Miss Fairy suggested we ride it together and I gave it a try. It was indeed a fun ride! It was the most unforgettable experience in Washington D.C.

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Historic carousel
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Colorful food trucks

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Capitol Hill

Finding the Capitol Hill at the end, we turned back towards the Washington Monument.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Washington Monument

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We walked past the Washington Monument towards the Lincoln Memorial, sometimes making detours.

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Tidal Basin and Thomas Jefferson Memorial
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The Potomac River and cherry trees

Near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, we found a good place to take a rest. We sat on a bench and ate PBJ (Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches) for lunch. Feeling energized, we continued walking.

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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

We arrived at the Lincoln Memorial at last! It was a long walk, but it was worth it. At the building, we were talking about history and wondered when it had been built. That’s when a tourist passed by. His souvenir bag said “Built in 1922.”

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Lincoln Memorial
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Statue of Abraham Lincoln
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Marble steps
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Massive columns

(To be continued…)