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Friday, April 14, 2017

A Mashup of Washington, D.C. Visits

This final post on Washington, D.C. is a mashup of our trips into the Capital City.

 Eric and I took the train into Washington, D.C. from Largo Town Center

Our favorite metro artwork 
is this Weimaraner Astronaut

The long escalator ride to the
surface from the underground

Watching the city "wake up."

The US Capitol, just after

Eric and I arrived in Washington, D.C. early for our tour at the Bureau of Engraving & Printing.

This Police Horse commutes
to his assignments.

Because of a warmer than usual winter, the initial estimate for peak bloom was mid March.  An arctic blast with freezing rain blanketed Washington, D.C. and the Cherry Trees when they were full of flower buds.  There was concern about damage to the trees.  Cherry Bloom watchers expected a less than robust bloom this year. 

 Eric and I didn't expect to see the Cherry Trees in bloom in early April.

Eric & I were very happy to
see the Cherry Trees in
bloom in early April.

Eric & the Cherry

colorful Vaquero on a
bucking bronco at the

BIG BUS USA is one of
several tour bus companies
that take tourists around
Washington, D.C.

The Carousel adjacent to
The National Mall

Headquarters of the
 My Dad worked at the Albany, New York Post Office for many years.

closed for renovations.

My favorites from The Sculpture Garden:

reminds me of a

army he founded are commemorated
at 7th & C Streets, NW by the

I caught this shot of a train
traveling through
Washington, D.C.

I assumed, wrongly, that
all train lines skirt the
city or are underground.

I like the shape & colors
of this building.

The Treasury Department

The General Sherman Memorial
is near where visitors line up
to tour the White House.

A motorcade zooms past us
near the Washington

As the President was out of
town, Eric & I think this is the
 Vice President's motorcade.

A beautifully kept building
with a clock & a corner
front entrance

Blair House was purchased by
the government in 1942 as a
 guest house for visiting

Winston Churchill, England's Prime Minister, was a frequent guest here during World War II.  Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers, Amirs, Presidents and former US Presidents stayed at Blair House during visits to Washington, D.C.

In 1947, an inspection at the White House showed that sections of the building were unstable.  The situation progressed, and in 1948, President Harry S. Truman and his family moved to Blair House and lived here until 1952 while major renovations at White House were undergoing. 

 On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresolo, approached Blair House, armed with guns, and attempted to gain entry.  A gun battle erupted with three White House Guards.  President Truman, who was upstairs, went to the front window and looked out to see Collazo on the front steps.  A guard yelled him to take cover and the President did.

Three White House guards were wounded in the assault.  Griselio Torresolo was shot in the head and killed. Oscar Collazo was sentenced to death for his attempt to assassinate President Truman.  In 1952, two weeks before the scheduled execution, President Truman commuted his sentence to life in prison.  

Washington, D.C. is always
under construction.

There are many food trucks and souvenir vendors around The Mall and museums.

I took this shot of the Papa Adam

The National Museum of the
American Indian Museum
is a unique building.

Some visitors tour the
city on Segways.

The United States Capitol

A long distance shot of the
Lincoln Memorial.

The entrance to L'Enfant
Metro Station is festooned
with red dots.

Here's our train to Largo Town
Center Station in Largo,

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