On to D.C. – Part 2

On Tuesday we went to Mount Vernon.  It.  Was. Gorgeous.  Mount Vernon is beautiful – the house is well kept, and the grounds are beautifully planted.  Also, the Welcome Center has an AWESOME museum underneath it, and we only got to spend a few minutes in it.

Wednesday we went to the Library of Congress and the U.S. Capital.  The Library of Congress was beautiful.  They had a Gutenberg Bible there, which was really neat to see.  Also, they had some exhibits in the basement, one of which was about the Gershwins.  They had George Gershwin’s piano there!

Next we went to the Capital.  I really enjoyed the tour – seeing all the rooms that I had heard about and (risking sounding cheesy) only seen on T.V.  We were able to sit in the Senate chamber during one of the votes on gun control.  It was fascinating, at least for me.  Meiling didn’t find it that interesting, but she was such a good girl and sat quietly.  I was quite proud of her.  We were in the Senate chamber during several votes, which were so interesting to watch.  The senators were milling about, talking, and then it would be time for the vote.  The lady tallying the vote would look around the room, and the senators would just give a thumbs up or thumbs down.  Then, after a bit, she would read through the votes, and then start calling senators by name, and they would vote.  Then she would tally the votes.  It was interesting how almost disorganized it had appeared, with the senators in their groups talking, and the votes happening.

After we left the Capital, we drove the two hours down to Charlottesville, VA.

And now for the photos.


At Mount Vernon


Heading in




A walkway (wow, am I profound today!)


My boys


The view is amazing




Thyme.  I LOVE thyme.


The 8-sided wheat-treading barn


Library of Congress






This and the following photos:  The inside was GORGEOUS!














George Gershwin’s piano!


Walking to the U.S. Capital


The rotunda


The Jefferson Davis statue in Statuary Hall


I tried several views of the Capital, so bear with me.  It’s right up there with the Washington Monument.







4 thoughts on “On to D.C. – Part 2

  1. That is too amazing. Beautiful pics!! My hubby and I were hoping to visit DC, if even for a few days, this summer; because we’ll be nearby in Maryland for a few days. Not sure if it will happen or not, but I’m loving how I can experience DC through your visit there!! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I hope you are able to make it to DC – it’s such an amazing place! And your photos made me want to go to Hawaii, but I’m not sure that will happen, either!

  2. Gorgeous pictures!
    DC is definitely on my list of places to visit. It seems like there’s so much to see and do.

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