‘It is better to see something once than read about it 1000 times.’
Washington DC is a city full of history and politics and, having studied both at University, I was intrigued to see so many of the places and events I studied. In many ways, it’s a tragic city- memorials to three of the greatest figures in American history dominate the city. How different would American history be if it wasn’t for the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln?
The stunning Arlington Cemetery and the many war memorials around the city are constant reminders of the many wars America have been involved in since the Revolution in 1765. It’s a photogenic city and the beautiful autumn weather I encountered most definitely helped. The pictures below are just a snapshot of the highlights from one of the most interesting cities I have visited.
The view of the Capitol Building from the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress- a truly stunning building!
Taken just a couple of weeks before the election, I was surprised by the lack of atmosphere around the White House. Security was obviously tight but there was only one anti-Trump protester around.
On the grounds of George Washington’s house- a very interesting place to visit
Great Falls, on the outskirts of Washington DC
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington
The tomb of JFK
One of the highlights of the trip- Iwo Jima Memorial. It is dedicated to all U.S. Marine Corps personnel who died in the defence of the United States since 1775.
Taken by the Lincoln memorial, this guy played ‘What a Wonderful World’ on his trumpet as crowds gathered around to listen.
Another fascinating place to visit- the theatre where Abraham Lincoln got assassinated