Washington DC

October 2010

National Cathedral
The National Cathedral


National Cathedral
In a tower of the National Cathedral with Sandy and Nyssa


National Cathedral
View from a tower in the National Cathedral


National Cathedral
The "Space Window" (A.K.A The Moon Rock Window) of the National Cathedral


National Cathedral
Having afternoon tea at the National Cathedral with Sandy


National Cathedral
Sandy never misses a gift shop.


National Cathedral
Nyssa sneaking around at the National Cathedral


State Department
The State Department


State Department
The U.S. State Department


State Department
State Department courtyard


State Department
One of the State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms


State Department
One of the State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms


Lincoln Memorial
Guess where this is...


Lincoln Memorial
Here is Nyssa just before getting busted for being in an unacceptable location.


The Mall
Nyssa at the Vietnam War Memorial with a Vietnam veteran that we happened upon


The Mall
Nyssa at the World War II Memorial with a WWII veteran we happened upon


Washington Monument
The classic Washington Monument photo


Washington Monument
Looking down The Mall toward the Capitol from the top of the Washington Monument


Washington Monument
A replica of the capstone of the Washington Monument showing the enscription
"Laus Deo" mentioned in the book "The Lost Symbol"


Capital Building
The Capitol Building from the East side where the Capitol Visitor's Center is located


Capital Building
Nyssa with a guard who is wearing her sunglasses


Capital Building
The strange "Apotheosis of Washington" mural in the dome of the
Capitol Rotunda as described in the book "The Lost Symbol"


Capital Building
Center of the Rotunda floor where long ago there was a hole looking down into the "Crypt" below


Capital Building
Our Capitol tour guide (on the right) was apparently asked to bring us to
our Senator's office. Here we are on the Senate underground tram on our
way to Senator Harry Reid's office.


Capital Building
Walking in the basement of the Capitol Building


Capital Building
Senator Harry Reid's office


Capital Building
In Harry Reid's office with his assistant, Sara


Capital Building
Balcony outside Harry Reid's office


Capital Building
This view is from the balcony outside the Senate offices


Capital Building
Sara and Nyssa


Capital Building
Outside of Harry Reid's office


Library of Congress
The Library of Congress


Library of Congress
The Library of Congress


Library of Congress
Signs of the Zodiac on the floor of the Library of Congress


Library of Congress
Library of Congress


Capital Building
Here we are with George, who we met by chance. He works with
Congress as a Legislative Clerk. George took us on an additional
after-hours tour of even more of the Capitol Building.


Capital Building
Viewing the Capitol Dome from a lower level


Capital Building
This is a "new" Capitol Building corner stone that was laid in 1932.


Capital Building
Here we are in the "Crypt" below the Capitol Rotunda. The star on the floor is the dividing
point for Washington - the four quadrants of the city intersect there. A space below the star
was originally intended to house the body of George Washingtion.


Pentagon
The Pentagon tour was interesting but no photos were allowed. We were only allowed to take photos here, at the Pentagon
9-11 Memorial. Here each of the "benches" bears the name of one of the victims. The benches pointing away from the
Pentagon represent people that were inside while those pointing toward the building represent passengers on the plane.


The Mall
Sandy at the Moongate near the Sackler Gallery


The Old Post Office
The interior of the "Old Post Office"


Smithsonian
The Smithsonian Castle


Smithsonian
At the Smithsonian Natural History Museum - I think this is the coolest jemstone I have ever seen.


Smithsonian
A "members only" tour of the Smithsonian Castle


Smithsonian
More of the Smithsonian Castle tour


Smithsonian
In the Smithsonian American History Museum - this statue of George Washington
was once in the Capitol Rotunda. It depicts him as the god Zeus.


Smithsonian
The American History Museum even has the original C3PO.


National Archives
The National Archives seen from the Sculpture Garden


Spy Museum
The Spy Museum was great but we were not allowed to take photos inside.


Antipodes
At the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum - this is the sculpture "Antipodes" that contains
the "Kryptos" code that mathematicians and computer scientists have been trying
to crack for years. (Only the first 3 of 4 segments have been solved.) The original
Kryptos sculpture is located at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.


Smithsonian
The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum - the X-15 is in the foreground


Smithsonian
This is an old Soyuz spacecraft donated to the Air & Space museum by Russia


Air and Space Museum
The new Udvar-Hazy Center of the Air & Space Museum located at the Dulles Airport


Air and Space Museum
The SR-71 at Udvar-Hazy


Air and Space Museum
The Enola Gay at Udvar-Hazy


Air and Space Museum
At Udvar-Hazy - an Arado Ar 234 German jet bomber used near the end of WWII.