July 13, 2015

White House & Memorials


We were lucky enough to get a tour of the White House thanks to my Uncle Dave pulling some strings, and the morning of our tour we woke up early to make it there in time. We went through layers of security before we finally made it inside the White House. Then, once we made it inside we were able to tour the designated areas on our own.

That's one thing that I really liked about the White House tour. The path you need to follow is marked, but you're not following a tour guide with a group of people you don't know. You can take as much or as little time as you want as you guide yourself through the various rooms manned by the Secret Service, who is there to maintain security but also answer your questions. But overall, the White House tour wasn't super grand like I thought it would be. Afterward, when the fam damily was talking about it, we came to the conclusion that it was like being invited to someone's home and only seeing the living room.

And you know, I've got a bone to pick with Michelle Obama. When we visited, the "absolutely no pictures" rule was in effect. Hell, y'all, we couldn't even bring in our purses. So there were a ton of things that I saw in there and rooms that were just so beautiful that I wasn't able to capture on my camera. For someone like me, that sucks. WELL! It wasn't a month later that Michelle decides to get rid of the "no pictures" rule, so now anyone who visits the White House gets to take all the pictures they want. Not cool, Michelle! Could you not have gotten rid of the rule at the beginning of summer?! I mean, come on!


Remember this post from Stonehenge? I talked about taking and sharing pictures of yourself at universally known places regardless of how bad you look. Well, yeah... I give you Exhibit B. This is literally the most awkward picture Bryan and I have ever taken together, and I look terrible. But you know, it's better to be awkward and ugly in front of the White House than awkward and ugly not in front of the White House. So c'est la vie...


And now I'm going out of order... The picture above is of the Korean War Memorial, which is located next to the Lincoln Memorial. I just really liked how this memorial was set up. These statues were so well-crafted. Very lifelike.


And even more out of order... the Jefferson Memorial. This memorial was one of the last we saw during our trip. I hate that we started having really bad weather just a couple days into our trip. It made photographing these memorials and monuments difficult, and I've got to admit it was also uninspiring. But I can't believe this will be the one and only time I'll ever visit DC. Like, I'm going to have kids one day, and they're going to have to see this stuff. So next time I'll hopefully get more and better shots...

Also, these columns... #swoon #PutThemOnMyFutureHouse

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