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Published: June 11th 2017
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The day dawned fine and warm so we headed off again on the bikes to get a proper look at the Capitol building. It is closed to visitors on sundays and if you want to go on a tour you have to book well in advance so we just walked around the outside.
We rode the bikes to the Central train station and walked to the Capitol from there. As we were reasonably early there weren't many people around apart from a tour group who were all on roller blades. Very ambitious I thought considering that the roads and footpaths around here are very uneven and rather busy.
The Capital is a splendid example of architecture like so many of the buildings here and was surrounded by lawns and fountains and gardens. I managed to get a photo of it from behind a gorgeous pink Rhododendren. There is a large pool in front of it and various statues and elaborate light poles adorning the paved areas.
From there we carried on through the mall to the Museum of American history. There weren't many people inside so we were able to wander around and view the various exhibits easily.
They had a full
room dedicated to the flag and its history including the original flag with 15 stars on it. It measured 30 x 34ft and was 200 years old. It inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner.
The exhibits were all beautifully presented as are all the Smithsonian museum exhibits and included several large steam trains and various machines and a display of dresses worn by several of the First ladies.
After spending a couple of hours in there we had a hot dog at a stand outside the museum and then got some more bikes to ride down to the Thomas Jefferson memorial.
Not quite as grand as the Lincoln memorial it was still very imressive and had a giant standing statue of the President housed in a temple like structure. All of these memorials also feature beautiful sentiments etched in the marble walls surrounding them.
We took the bikes back to near the apartment after that and then ventured out again to see the Eastern Market. This is a historical building which features various foods including all kinds of meats and fish as well as gourmet cheeses. On sundays they also have a separate arts and crafts market in the
ground opposite the food market and this had all sorts of jewelery and handicrafts from various ethnic groups. Inside the eastern market they had a book market where local authors were peddling their books.
Back at the apartment we are having a bit of a rest before perhaps cycling to the mall tonight.
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