washington dc – july 2016

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Traveling is always a very humbling experience for me. As much fun as it is to travel across the country or the world, there really is a bigger picture. When you travel, you aren’t just seeing the sights and exploring a new place. You are experiencing a new culture, a different way of life, maybe completely different than yours. It really is a blessing and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to explore.

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with the white house

Seeing the White House was crazy. The architecture was beautiful! The perfectly landscaped yard with the bright white of the house was very much my aesthetic.

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walking up towards the Washington Monument

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looking up all the way to the top

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touching the monument 

Everything in DC is so much bigger than it seems in pictures. The Washington Monument was HUGE! It actually made me dizzy to try and look at the top of it!

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the Lincoln Memorial at sunset is stunning

This is another thing that is so big in person. Lincoln is my favorite president so I was most looking forward to seeing this monument. I definitely was not disappointed! Sadly I didn’t get a great picture of Lincoln himself but the white marble is absolutely stunning.

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hopped off our bikes to see Jefferson.

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gorgeous architecture and gorgeous view

The Jefferson Memorial was also one of my favorites! It had an unreal view of the whole city from the steps of it. You could see the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument (let’s be real, you can see this from practically anywhere)!

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the balcony where Lincoln was shot draped with American flags

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the actual gun used to kill Lincoln by Booth

The Ford Theatre was such a cool thing to see. We went through a museum with tons of information about that day when Lincoln was shot. They had a schedule of what Lincoln did that day up until he died. That morning he was literally just eating a casual breakfast with his wife and children and he had no idea he was going to be assassinated that night. So crazy. In the theatre, they had the balcony where he was shot filled with flowers and American flags. We also got to go across the street to the apartment building where they brought him and he died. We saw the room he died in and the bed. There was a pillow on display with his blood still on it.

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my favorite picture from the trip; guarding The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

My absolute favorite thing that we did this trip was seeing The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. That tomb has been guarded every second of the day since the 1930s. They were standing guard out there even during 9/11. You can see the Pentagon from the tomb. That means whoever was guarding at that time had to stand out their and guard it while watching a plane crashed into a building. The loyalty and respect that is shown is unreal.

I loved DC so much! We braved the heat and got to see most of what Washington has to offer. I had the time of my life and I hope to be back soon!

Have you ever been to Washington D.C.? Where was the last place you traveled?

let me know!

 

 

 

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