After lunch at The Bourse, we continued our journey down south to Washington D.C., the capital of United States. It is the 24th most populous place in the United States.
First, we arrived at the Capitol Square where it houses the Senate Office Buildings, Botanic Gardens, US Supreme Court and Library of Congress Building.
Apparently there were Senate meetings in progress when we were there as the US flags flew high up in the sky.
We also caught a glimpse of the Washington Monument from afar at many tourist spots, but didn’t go in as it is currently closed for repairs due to an earthquake on23 August 2011. Built to honour the nation’s founding father, George Washington, it is the most prominent structure in Washington D.C. standing at 555-foot, 5-1/8″.
Soon we reached the White House, the home of the President of United States, his family and a museum of American history. Its surroundings was crowded with lots of visitors as well as residents trying to fight for a cause, or simply to voice out their opinions freely.
Next on the city tour checklist was Jefferson Memorial. It is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the Third President of the United States.
Our last stop before the city tour ended was at Lincoln Memorial. This is a national monument built to honour the 16th President – Abraham Lincoln. The memorial was opened to the public in 1922, after 8 years of construction.
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to a crowd by the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, hence that phrase was inscripted in front of the memorial to mark the location where Dr. King spoke to the crowd.
The feeling Washington D.C. gave us was very different from that of New York City, here was more solemn. Probably because this is the capital/ federal district of United States afterall! 😉