Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Militant Ginger goes to Washington


Yesterday took me further south than I'd ever been in the United States - down past the Mason Dixon line and into the heart of our nation's capitol, Washington D.C.

Washington is a beautiful city - as it should be, being entirely manufactured to become the seat of the fledgling American government in 1790. It was planned out by Pierre Charles L’Enfant, in gorgeous baroque style, which probably explains why the design and layout are so reminiscent of Paris.

Much of Washington D.C. is within walking distance, including the famous landmarks like the Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and the White House. All four city quadrants span out from Capital Hill, where the famous domed Capitol Building houses the federal Congress.

I enjoyed D.C. It was laid back, pretty and the people seemed very nice. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to hang out much, but was cheerfully accosted once ("You work for the government, don't you?") and got a giggle out of seeing congressmen and senators in Union Station, getting their shoes shined before taking the train back home.

2 comments:

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Sounds like a place to definitely visit, glad you got to drop in for a few hours.

sxychikadee said...

Bring the family, come further South! :)