Archive for March, 2009

 
March 25
|
The Museum of Natural History is one of my favorites. Every room was interesting, and the rotunda with the large mammoth is beautiful. There were a million people streaming through the rotunda though, so I didn’t stay long. My favorite exhibit was the butterflies room. A large chamber of imported butterflies lies in the middle of the exhibit, and for $6, you can interact with them in that chamber.

You are allowed to take as many pictures as you want, and they are likely to land on you as well. I think my jacket was too neutral a color, because none landed on me. I was a little bummed, but I did get some great shots on Macro feature.

This is Darwin’s Orchids exhibit. Although small, the orchids are absolutely stunning, and the aroma of the flowers permeate through the bottom floor of the museum.

 1

Coming here at night was the best. The Great Emancipator shines in the night and he is so peaceful. I was overwhelmed looking up at him. This is my favorite memorial by far.

The night time takes a different perspective of the Reflecting Pool. It seems more regal and mysterious to me, and I love the graininess in this pic. The obelisk here, with the dark night and graininess, looks like a scene from a sci fi movie.

After a wonderful steak dinner at Sonoma, one of the nice restaurants on the Senate side of the Capitol, I had to cab here for this pic. I wished the pic captures the luminiscence of Abe better to contrast against my dress, but it was freezing so this the best I got. Photoshoppers, take a stab at it if the lighting bothers so you much. ^_^

my outfit: banana asymmetrical dress, aldo clutch, also sparkling pumps
 1


We saw the Obama girls in the front lawn playing, but that was it. They require you to reserve a tour at least a month in advance so seeing the area where Jack Bauer saved the president didn’t happen. Booo.


I was happy, however, that the day was gorgeous and sunny. I put on my Jackie O outfit instead of my wool turtleneck, mittens, and scarves…and hopped around the city with a tripod and cam.
 
March 24
|

This pic cracks me up. It was a really long walk from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, and I stopped to amuse myself with stupid pictures quite often. My friend was taking a pic of the Capitol, and I randomly jumped in. Thank god for wide angle lens.

 


I really wanted to tour the Library, but I was too fascinated with the Jefferson Library and forgot the time. I wanted to find my dad’s thesis here, and asked the librarian, but she was unable to find it. =(

it was a little chilly in the morning, so i wrapped my light indian scarf around my neck and tucked it inside my evelyn sweater. i love the pairing of the colors.

 
March 24
|

The Supreme Court of the United States
Yatta!!!



It was sunset when we arrived at the Capitol, and I just wanted to sit in front of it, and then turn around to see the Washington Monument behind me. Just a beautiful and romantic sunset.

 1
March 24
|

This is my favorite museum so far. It costs $18 to get in, but so worth the money. The interactive stuff is great, and there is a whole floor on the first amendment. You can also video yourself as a reporter, which I didn’t have time to do, but really wanted to do.

The First Amendment on the outside facade of the building.

These are pieces of the Berlin Wall, brought in from Germany to preserve the history. There is also a checkpoint guard tower, but I couldn’t get a good shot of it. The color graffiti on the wall is from a famous artist, but I forgot to jot down his name.

View from the rooftop terrace of Newseum. This building sits on top of the hotel that Lee Harvey Oswald stayed in when he assassinated Abe Lincoln.

The other side of the terrace is a view of the Capitol.
 
March 24
|

Walking around Chinatown, I realized that the only Chinese, or even Asian, people around me were in the restaurants working! Right past these gates is a Spanish tapas restuarant and Fuddruckers. Oh well, this side of the gate had dim sum and wonton soup, so I got what I was looking for.

This was in the American History Museum. Since all the museums were pretty crowded, I took the opportunity to take this pic when this room cleared.