Sunday, March 31, 2013

Grandpa's visit - DC

My dad was able to come out and spend some time with us this spring. It was a great visit! The boys loved having Grandpa Charlie here.
We took him into DC for the obligatory tourist stuff. (Have I mentioned how much I dislike driving in busy metro traffic?)
DC was chilly but beautiful the day we visited the capital.
Outside the visitor's center, the boys found a vent from the cafeteria area below. They had a blast chasing the steam.
We weren't able to get a tour of the capital on the day we were there but the visitor's center was very impressive on it's own.
From the Capital visitor's center, a tunnel runs under the nearby road to the Library of Congress, directly across the street. Because we couldn't tour the Capital but still had some time, we decided to check it out. Boy, were we surprised! What a hidden gem!
The Library of Congress turned out to be one of my favorite places in DC. It was beautiful! A work of art!
It was built to compete with the architecture in Europe, to show the Europeans that Americans can build fancy things, too. It's hand painted and many of the ceilings and floors are intricate mosaics. The ceiling is surrounded by names of famous authors ... like Moses.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, but the real value in visiting is found in the architecture. After recently coming from Germany, it felt like some of the places we saw there.
The outside of the Library of Congress is pretty impressive, too. It has a complicated fountain that the boys enjoyed.
This ended up being a lovely day in DC.
We saw quite a bit more while dad was here. It will take a few more posts to show it all. So much fun!

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