My mom and dad came to DC to move me out of my apartment a little over a week before Christmas. That Saturday, after we packed everything up, we had a few last DC adventures.
One that we really enjoyed was the National Botanic Garden's Christmas decorations. They have models of each of the National Mall monuments made out of natural materials such as tree bark and leaves. It is absolutely incredible that they were able to do all of that.
|US Capitol Building|
|Check out the details! It even had windows!|
|Even has Lady Freedom on top.|
|Just to give you an idea of how large this replica is. It was massive.|
|Supreme Court Building with the Capitol in the background.|
|Library of Congress|
|US Botanic Garden|
|Lincoln Memorial with Washington Monument in the background. Although I was slightly disappointed that Lincoln is backwards, but I do understand they were trying to make it easier for people to see.|
|Thomas Jefferson Memorial. I like how they left the stem of the gourd.|
|The Smithsonian Castle|
|The White House|
They also had an extensive model train exhibit. All of the buildings and creatures were also made out of natural materials.
|I wish I had gotten a better picture of the dragon on top of the pagoda, its wings were made out of giant maple leaves.|
|The train zipping past.|
After that we grabbed a quick lunch in the cafe in Sculpture Garden and watched the ice skaters as we quickly ate are lunch. (BTW it was quite tasty and not a bad place to stop and grab a quick bite if you are on the Mall for the day!)
Then we headed for the Museum of American History and saw some of its highlights like Abraham Lincoln's hat and suit in their new Emancipation Proclamation exhibit, the First Ladies Dresses, Julia Childs Kitchen, Kermit the Frog, and Abraham Lincoln's Rifle.
|Julia Child's Kitchen|
|Me inside Julia Child's Kitchen|
|Abraham Lincoln's Top Hat|
|Abraham Lincoln's Suit|
|Abraham Lincoln's Rifle|
After all this fun we met some friends of our who just happened to be passing through DC for dinner in Arlington at one of our favorite places, the Cheesecake Factory!
Another busy day in the capitol but I thought it was a good way to say good bye! DC will always be one of my favorite places to visit.
In closing, I wanted to share my last visit to the Rotunda for a while. I went by for one last visit as I left work that Friday. I had the place to myself for about 5 minutes. Maybe I teared up. I started to lie down in the floor and just look at it for a while but I thought that would be awkward if someone came through. I will really miss seeing this.