I had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC this past week for a family wedding. I've only been there once before, but was again struck at how amazing a city it is and how I barely scratch the surface of what it has to offer. The weather was gorgeous, colorful tree canopies reflecting off the Patomic River as we walked down the National Mall visiting the memorials. There is no getting away from the heavy presence of time in this city, the passage of time by the conveyance of historical markers and events. Too add to this heavy presence are the ponderous government buildings, there are no buildings in Portland that I can think of that are so hulking to someone on the street, block after block.... They are beautifully detailed in granite and marble, but successfully convey an intimidating strength that I'm sure was intended. On the other hand, this formidable nature is countered with wide open green boulevards and a diverse population speaking every imaginable language. It's really a city of contrasts and so much to enjoy, and we only had barely a full day to see the sites! Here's a quick tour in photos.
Andrew Jackson equestrian statue in Lafayette Park, the White House & the Washington Monument are beyond
The White House
The World War II Memorial
Looking down the reflecting pool towards the World War II Memorial & Washington Memorial (scaffolding up since 2011 Virginia earthquake)
Steps up to the Lincoln Memorial
The man with wisdom