Monday, May 14, 2012

Washington D C Capital & Library of Congress

Last fall when we hit Maine to see the fall colors we made a hard right turn and headed south to winter in warm Florida.  On the way south we wanted to spend some time in the DC area to see the sights.  Because of the cold weather we passed this area with the plan to come back in the spring; well here we are.

We are dry camping at Greenbelt National Park for only $8.00 a dayThe first day we got off the train at Union Station and headed to our National Capitol building. 

The only problem was there were lots and lots of people there before us; a look into the visitors center found it full of lines of people.

Thanks to friends who told us how to back door the Capital Jackie had contacted our Senators office and made arrangements to get a private tour.  We had a 2:00 appointment at the Senators office and after a short tour of the Senate office building it was off to the basement where we boarded the Senators train to the back door of the Capital.

Before we went to the Senators we had some time to tour the outside of the building on a very cloudy day.

The trees are just about in full bloom with spring foliage.  A good shot of the dome from the outside.

And a view looking straight up at the beautiful ceiling.  We took lots and lots of interior pictures but decided to just share a few of each area we visited.

Across the street from the Capital is another star of this town, the Library of Congress. 

The 3 statues out front are unbelievable but you will have to come and see or we can post the pictures another day.  A little nudity.

But the inside is spectacular, hard to describe so we will just share some pictures.

We found the back rooms and toured in areas that most tourists never get to.  Each room is just another office for ???  How would you like to walk the beauties of these halls every day?

We have now been here two weeks touring the City and plan to go back in the morning for another few days and then it's off to Pennsylvania, we think.  (Washington, PA, to be exact:  to do some family research)

To be continued...

1 comment:

Kathy said...

We were awed as well of the wonderful artwork in our Nation's Capitol! We also found the overcast cool days were a lot better than the warm humid days they can get there!

Who's taking care of CC while you're sightseeing? :)

Happy travels,