Notes from D.C. and Annapolis

21 Aug

A week ago, I spent 6 days in Washington, D.C. with my beau. I’d been to D.C. before, but never for this many days. We went for a fabulous wedding (congratulations, JonMarc and Liz!) and thought it would be fun to show up a few days early to get the lay of the land and see some of the sights.

We got a tour of the Capitol building, courtesy of our local congressman’s staff. The Capitol building is absolutely beautiful on the outside…

And in the details on the inside. This is a floor grate in a round room where the leaders of our young nation discussed policy. The room had a domed ceiling, but no glass at the top; this grate allowed rain water to exit the building.

We also saw the Supreme Court. Stunning. And the building is enormous. The courtroom doesn’t seem as imposing when it’s empty as it must when it’s in action.

The statues and architectural details in the buildings and monuments are so lovely. Everyone should take the time to look at the details. It’s worth it.

We toured the White house, as well. No cameras allowed. We saw a number of well-appointed rooms, including the dining room that had just held an “End of Ramadan” dinner the previous night. The secret service at the White House dress like regular police with uniforms and walkie-talkies, not in suits with clear ear pieces. Maybe that’s just the East Wing staff; we didn’t get to go to the West Wing.

On Sunday, which just happened to be my birthday, a few of us went to Annapolis. We had brunch and then wandered the United States Naval Academy. After all this beautiful marble and government stuff, I was definitely feeling very patriotic.

So, hopefully, are the men and women who take this oath.

The campus of the Naval Academy was even more beautiful than I imagined it would be. The grounds are well groomed and it’s easy to see the reverence with which the campus is treated. I really enjoyed the architecture and the little details hiding all over the place, in addition to the bold carvings.

 

This is a ballroom where some of the Naval Academy’s formal events take place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you ever have the chance to go to the Naval Academy, please do. Annapolis is a great little town to explore, the Naval Academy campus is wonderful, and it may make you feel just a little more patriotic than you were before you set foot there.

I have enjoyed guess blogging. Thanks for letting me!

–Geist

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4 Responses to “Notes from D.C. and Annapolis”

  1. kelly August 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Des, I was in DC a week ago for a wedding too! Would have loved to have caught you by surprise đŸ™‚

    • Diz August 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

      Wasn’t me, Kel. Guest blogger Geist took us for a tour of D.C. Thanks Geist! You are the best!!!

  2. arianne1220 August 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Looks like you had a lot of fun in Washington, D.C. Hope you had a good bday too!

  3. Andy X August 24, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    NIce guess post Geist. And my apologies to Diz a/k/a Des for not reading PC’s blog as frequently as I should.

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