More Highlights of Washington DC

One of the other places we stopped this week was the National Achives. Home of the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Of course I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures of these documents. And the surprising thing is that these documents have faded so badly over time that you can hardly read them anymore. But it was cool to visit anyways.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA One of the other places we visited was Union Station. This is a grand building with a large food court. Many different shopping boutiques. And is the city’s main rail and bus station, and also a pickup point for city tours.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here’s some photos of the shopping portion of the station. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeautiful arched ceilings.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Stairs of beautiful marble.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A big food court area.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Trains come and go all day long.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Right across the street from Union Station is the National Postal Museum. It is a beautiful piece of architect that highlights the history of the Postal Service.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It has a large area displaying different ways that the mail was delivered over the years.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA By airplane.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Old mail trucks.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here’s the inside of an old mail railcar.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The insides of an old post office.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There were all kinds of different displays of different valued stamps. That explain why they are collectibles. And it was quite interesting along with picturesque. Here’s the ceiling of the staircase going to one of the areas it’s made up of vintage stamps.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Also in the same area of town, connected by a tunnel to the capitol building is the Library of Congress. I think this is probably the most impressive building we’ve seen so far, as architecture goes.  From the outside it doesn’t look like that much here’s a photo from the capitol building.


But as soon as you enter it you get a hold different perspective of how beautiful this piece of architect is.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Everywhere you look it is just breathtaking.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was originally started the house the collection of Thomas Jefferson books and literature. Here’s more information on the history of the library at this website. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut now it is home to thousands and thousands of them in a different types of artifacts. And more than 2000 new items arrive every day. Here are just a few of the beautiful things we seen.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeautiful artwork on the walls and murals on the ceilings.

They have one of the few copies of the Gutenberg Bible.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here’s a photo looking in through the door to the main reading room. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a series of photos from the second floor looking into the main reading room. The beauty of it took my breath away.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Also got a nice view of the capitol across the way through one of the windows.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It’s hard to believe how many things are stored in this beautiful building.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA One of the other places we got to see from the outside this week was the White House.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA With the new tighter restrictions you can no longer just come and take a tour of the White House. You have to prearrange weeks to months in advance which we did not do. But you can go on the lawns and take pictures but I was happy with looking at it from a distance. Maybe the next time I’m in town I’ll prearrange a tour and check it out. But for now I’ll leave you what one last photo of the White House and wish you all best wishes and safe travels until my next post, Rick





  1. You’re right, the library of congress is a most beautiful building, as fine as many cathedrals. Which makes sense, books are as sacred to some as religion is to others.

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