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Published: August 14th 2017
A stunning sunrise over Capitol Hill.
As my body-clock was still on UK time (five hours ahead) I was awake early so I decided to go for a walk to The National Mall with my camera. And it was worth it. Come sunrise I was near the Capitol Building and it was stunning.
Despite it being 4.30am, the streets on the way to The Mall were surprisingly busy - cars and people. I was wondering why so many people would be up and about so early on a Sunday, then it occurred to me that everyone was still out from the Saturday evening. No one seemed drunk, which is probably more of a statement on the UK than it is on America.
The Mall was a lot quieter. Just me and some other sad photographers, all overjoyed at the fantastic sunrise. A policeman asked me about the photos I had taken and showed me one that he had taken of the sunrise, albeit featuring his police-car rather than the Capitol or some other national landmark.
My son was not arriving until tomorrow and we were going to do the family tourist thing then, so my wife and daughter had decided that they would spend
Even supermarkets can be trendy.
the day by the hotel pool. I had a choice of that or a sad and lonely tourist trek for one. I opted for sad and lonely.
Most of the key buildings, monuments and memorials (I'm not sure what the difference between the latter two are) are placed around The Mall. This is phenomenally well designed, with an open, green expanse linking the Capitol Building on one end to the Washington Monument, roughly in the middle, to the Lincoln Memorial on the other end. Despite that, it is quite spread out and will involve a lot of walking, unless you opt for the hop-on-hop-off buses.
There were also bicycles that could be rented under a system that looks exactly like the so-called 'Boris Bikes' in London. Hence I would go no where near those.
I went to the Washington Monument (the massive stone spike, which is a lot bigger up close than it looks from afar), the World War II Memorial, the DC War Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, the Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Korean War Veterans' Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.
I particularly like the
Roosevelt Memorial and it covers a large area with a lot of his quotes and statues to depict the quotes. Impressive. I just hope beyond anything that The Donald's increasingly delusional Twitter quotes do not have the same recognition in 50 years time.
All the various museums will wait until we can all go.
We went for a walk in the area near our hotel to find somewhere to eat in the evening. Whilst looking, we also came across Trader Joes, which is the most hip and trendy supermarket (yes a groceries can be hip) we have come across - even beating the Supermarket last year in the Haight and Ashbury area of San Francisco.
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