Saturday, December 18, 2010

East Coast/Bahamas Update 3: More DC - Monuments and Memorials

This is out of photo order, but Blogspot's annoying. Here we are at Ali Baba's in Newark, DE, after our final day in DC.

Back in DC's ChinaTown with Jason, who zipped over from Virginia to see us.

The Norwegian contribution to Christmas: display at DC's Union Station.

Trolley Tour in DC. Ready to check the place out some more.

In front of the Jefferson Memorial.

It's a little dark, but that's the really big Jefferson.

Part of the grounds of the FDR Memorial.

More FDR Memorial.

With our hero, Eleanore. My favorite Eleanore story is probably the Marian Anderson story. It was the 1930s and Marian Anderson had been singing concerts, recitals, and opera roles all over Europe. She was invited to sing at Constitution Hall, but when the Daughters of the Revolution figured out she was black, they dis-invited her. Eleanore got wind of it, thought it was awful, and, with the backing of the President, set up an even better venue for her: she set up the first outdoor concert to be held at the Lincoln Memorial. On Easter Sunday, 1939, Miriam Anderson sang for a crowd of 75,000 people and a radio audience of millions.

Dane, um, riding FDR's beloved dog.

Aubrey petting FDR's dog. BTW: Aubs really misses Sharly. She wants to phone her at the Pet Resort back home.

With FDR.

With the amazing Abraham Lincoln. Incidentally, our hotel was just a block away from the Ford Theater where the president was shot and killed.

Washington Monument. We also went to the Vietnam War Memorial here. It made all of us really sad. Dane cried halfway through and said, "Mom, can we leave this one now?"

Booty from the Air and Space Museum: a Lego Space Shuttle and NASA Barbie!

Dane took this picture of Mimi with Mick and Mike at Ali Baba's.

That's all for now. It's spendy to connect to the internet on the cruise ship. Will have to post when we get back.
So... Bon Voyage!


Jennie Englund said...

Mimi is lovely!

It looks like you're having a GREAT trip! Seems like the perfect time to visit DC-- no one is there!?!

Glad you got to see your Lincoln! And what a powerful experience for Dane at the Vietnam Memoria.

Cruise safely.

Dori said...

Wow! awesome pictures! Can't wait to see the rest of the trip! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

I loved your write-up on Eleanor. She was an amazing person. I wonder if there are "video's" of the concert...would be wonderful to see.

Dane, I am sure I would be extremely sad to the point of tears at the Vietnam memorial too. War is so terribly awful. I hope you always have a soft and loving heart, like your Dad.

Aubs, won't be long now, you can give Sharly your love in person! I bet she misses you too and will be bouncing all over the place when you all get home. I think you will get tears when you see her because your heart is loving too!

All the ice on the fountains is absolutely beautiful.

Love, love, love,
Mom, Mema, Big Share