Washington DC Nov 8/11

Tuesday, November 8/11 Sunny 67 degrees
Metro to L"Enfant Plaza and walked over to Capital Building and did 9 AM tour. Beautiful building - incredible tower. Had very knowledgeable tour guide - older woman from Pennsylvannia who treated our group of 20 like she was a sargeant major - but in a nice way. Then back down the street to the National Botanical Garden Greenhouse and Gardens. Blitzed the Museum of the American Indian and enjoyed the temporary exhibit there entitled "A Song of the Horse Nation". It is a beautiful new building on The Mall shaped like a Southwestern Mesa. Walked over to Union Station for lunch in the Food Court there. Toured National Postal Museum after lunch and heard about the Pony Express and Owney the Postal Dog- now stuffed there. Interesting place.
Then back to The Mall and visited the National Archives - to see the original Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Next stop was the Natural History Museum - 2nd floor to go through the Bufferfly Exhibit - free on Tuesdays - I know how to plan. Also saw the Hope Diamond. No time for the first floor - come back tomorrow. Back to the Metro and off at Alexandria to meet Tom, had a quick Chipotle Grill supper and then a ghost and graveyard tour from their Visitor's Centre - Ramsay House. Lovely clear evening with the moon almost full. Alexandria is also home to the George Washington Masonic Memorial Temple (mentioned in the Dan Brown book - "Angels and Demons".) After the tour -back to the hotel and the hot tub.


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