Day 9 – Monuments and Museums

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today was the third day in DC. We started the morning by taking a trip up the five hundred and fifty foot (ish) high Washington Monument! Only ten people can be in the elevator at a time so we had to wait a while in the heat for our turn. It took around 30 seconds for the elevator to climb the monument, and once at the top we observed amazing views of the city for forty miles around. The windows were small and somewhat dirty which made taking photos difficult, but I think we got some good shots.

Next we went to the Holocaust Memorial Museum. We spent about three hours looking round the exhibits which included a couple of films about the rise of the Nazi party and a brief history of anti-Semitism. We both agreed the museum was interesting, but not an enjoyable experience given the subject matter.

To lighten things up a bit we then headed over to the Air and Space Museum for a spot of lunch and a browse around. We touched some actual rock from the moon. James then tried to convince me to buy every cuddly toy in the gift shop! Toyless, we left the museum and headed for the shops at Union Station. On the way James changed up some money and finally got hold of some two dollar bills, which he had been wanting all trip! Interestingly, they have two dollar bills and one dollar coins here but they are rare and not in wide circulation.

In the evening we went to Nando’s for dinner. It was just like the Nando’s at home and lived up to the hype James had created with Glenn and Cindy! We agreed the wraps and pittas were better, chicken on the bone the same and the sides not quite as good. Of course James had to take pictures of the experience and some napkins as souvenirs.

Photo(s) of the day: James touching the monument, and a job well done at Nando’s!