Madtante came to town……

and I hope she wasn’t disappointed!

MT arrived on Friday night excited about her first trip to Washington DC.   On Saturday morning we were up and out for a tour of the US Capitol  – compliments of MT’s state Senator Claire McCaskill.   DSC04379a

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DSC04392a.The Dome is currently undergoing extensive restoration – hence the scaffolding…

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We had a tour time of 10:30am but for some reason that tour was cancelled and they fitted us into the 10am tour  –  just as well we were there early enough to join that one!    14 years living in DC and I’ve never been inside the Capitol before.   I think I was a little disappointed with the tour as I was expecting more technical/historical information than our guide provided but the “space”  of the Capitol and Dome is pretty impressive.  .DSC04412

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This covering is called the “donut”  and it’s in place while the Dome is renovated.  It’s to stop bits & pieces falling down onto the tourists. DSC04407We had a really pleasant, though disgustingly unhealthy lunch break,  (coffee & a radioactive-red cupcake for me and coffee & cheetahs & M&M’s for MT)  in the Capitol restaurant DSC04397aand then we took the tunnel to the Library of Congress.   WOW!   Next time I need to take a guided tour of this place  DSC04503.

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Then we wandered to the Hirshhorn Museum where we explored some contemporary art.  Here are my favourites: DSC04599

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DSC04612and then through the Sculpture Garden  DSC04596 Copying-001

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DSC04598aPast the National Archives …….   DSC04620aAnd past the US Naval Memorial Plaza as we headed to the train home….    DSC04618aOn Sunday MT headed out to do her own exploring while I did boring things like washing and working.   On Monday morning it was up early for poor MT as the manservant & I had to be at our respective offices by 8am so she had a bit of a wait before her flight.  I hope she enjoyed her stay and the sights of DC.  Here we are with the National Mall and Washington Monument in the background…. Emjay & MT-001

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14 responses

  1. I think everybody I know is already tired of me waxing ecstatic about my long weekend!

    I just have to go back again–for at least a week. There were so many things I didn’t get to see or wanted to stay longer but couldn’t so that I could catch other things. I love capital cities and DC is truly wonderful, almost as wonderful as my hosts

  2. You hit some of my favorite spots. I have come to love the Sculpture Gardens and the Library of Congress. Definitely take the guided tour some time. I did, on my second visit, and learned a tremendous amount. It was worth being able to relate interesting tidbits to other people I have taken to see it. I will have to check out the Hirschhorn. It looks fascinating.

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