washington dc, day six

day six was our major walking day where we finally broke down and took the metro because our feet could no longer carry us.  we headed out first thing to the air and space museum (the old one, not the new one in maryland i think) to see lots of planes and rockety space things.

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it was really crazy to see the space stuff and read the information about the missions to the moon, etc. here the first apollo that made it to the moon:

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we left the air and space museum to walk over and see the jefferson and fdr monuments/memorials. we walked down along the other side of the holocaust museum, which was nice to see

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jefferson’s rotunda was much larger than i expected, quite beautiful. i only wish i had been there on a sunny spring day with all the cherry blossoms in bloom at title basin!

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fdr’s memorial was very different from all the rest of the monuments in dc, but very interesting to see. it’s a series of four different “outdoor rooms” representing his four terms of office.

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from fdr we walked over towards the lincoln memorial to grab some food and then head over the bridge to arlington cemetery.

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we saw jfk’s gravesite, as well as ted kennedy’s resting place. from the kennedy site we wandered over to memorial amphitheater and then to the tomb of the unknowns.

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memorial amphitheater was quite impressive with the amount of white marble–there was white marble everywhere, including the tops of all the benches.

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we got to witness the changing of the guard, which was very cool to see. from there we walked through arlington, past the netherlands carillon

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and over to the iwo jima memorial. it was much larger than i expected, and very beautiful to see.

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after iwo jima we walked to the metro which we finally took for the first time of our trip–on our second to the last day. my feet were literally about to fall off. we got off the metro and went back (yes again) to our courtyard at the portrait gallery (shocking it wasn’t the scuplture garden, i know) for a snack and to wait for meredith to meet us for dinner.

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