Washington, D.C.

I finally saw the nation’s capital on Monday. I had been wanting to see D.C. for a very long time and since we were going to be close by (well, close enough) after the wedding, I talked my parents into stopping for the day. So for eight hours we wandered around the Mall and Arlington Cemetery, taking picture after picture and learning about the history of the presidents from our Tourmobile guides.

Here are just a few photos. I will upload the rest to a photo album on my Travel Photos page when I get back to France.

Lincoln Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Vietnam War Veterans Memorial

WWII Memorial

Washington Monument

White House

Capitol Building

Arlington Cemetery

View of D.C. from Arlington House

I will definitely go back to D.C. someday. I could spend days in the Smithsonian museums, and I love that they are free. I’ve always liked American history, and especially military history, and there is so much to learn and experience in that city. And I’m glad we were in Lexington before Arlington since Robert E. Lee had a strong presence in both places and I knew exactly what the guides were talking about. But I had no idea he (technically, his wife’s family) had owned Arlington House before the Civil War.

I gave all of my history books to my brother (along with the bookcase since there were so many) when I moved to France, but now I feel like reading up on the Civil War again. I know David has a few history books, but reading them in French just isn’t the same.

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  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    Nice pictures! The Washington monument one is my favorite.

    It’s a city I really want to visit. However, I heard visit of the White House were very restricted (I’m not used to that, the Parliament in Ottawa is free to visit and open to all).
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Chatting Is Cultural =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    Nice pictures! The Washington monument one is my favorite.

    It’s a city I really want to visit. However, I heard visit of the White House were very restricted (I’m not used to that, the Parliament in Ottawa is free to visit and open to all).
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Chatting Is Cultural =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    This was a great day, and how nice of your parents to take the day touring with you.
    I have never been there myself, and hope to make this a stop one day . I

    Enjoy your trip.
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..East & West meet for dinner =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    This was a great day, and how nice of your parents to take the day touring with you.
    I have never been there myself, and hope to make this a stop one day . I

    Enjoy your trip.
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..East & West meet for dinner =-.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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