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Friday, June 3, 2011

Washington, D.C. area

We love visiting the D.C. area.  There is a wonderful RV Park called Cherry Hill Park, in College Park, Maryland.  http://www.cherryhillpark.com/index.cfm  It's close to D.C., and easy to take a bus to the metro system.  The metro made it so easy to get around.  We were able to see everything we wanted to see, even with all of our children.  

A few of the sights we have enjoyed-

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

 Airmen statues.
our daughter has always liked statues.  She used to talk to them , and she would always want to spend a few minutes with each one she would see.  

The World War II Memorial.

 We were able to look up my Dad's older brother,  who had served under Patton in WWII.  He had served his 4 years, and could have come home, but he wanted to stay with his men.  They were so sure that the war was almost over.  He stayed, and was killed in France.  My cousin visited his grave when she lived in France.  What great sacrifice so many men and their families have given for our Country. 

 The Washington Monument

National Archives

 It was unbelievable.  We loved being able to show our children the important documents of the U.S.A.

There is an interesting gift shop here.  I bought

and have since bought and read Ladies of Liberty, the Women Who Shaped Our Nation, also by Cokie Roberts.  I found them both to be quite interesting, full of many personal anecdotes she uncovered.  I enjoyed reading from letters written by Mothers, sisters, and wives of our founding Fathers.

Our kids had fun watching money as it was printed.

 The National Gallery of Art, and a Monet, of course. 

 Old Glory, Georgetown's All-American Bar-b-que, on M st.

We took the metro, then had a nice little walk to this great bar-b-que restaurant in Georgetown.

What a beautiful evening in Historic Georgetown.

One of the many pictures our son took of himself in front of the monuments in D.C.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
Words cannot convey the depth of darkness we felt while viewing this Memorial, and yet, we also felt hope.  Hope when we saw how many people , in other Countries, tried to help save as many people as they could. The main exhibit is recommended for ages 11 and up.   Remember the Children: Daniel's Story, helped bring this horrible tragedy to a level our children could understand. This exhibit does not need tickets.
Get there early to get tickets for the main museum.  The first time we tried to get tickets, in 2000, they were unavailable.

 The White House, on our Summer 2000 Trip.
 Oh, I almost forgot.  We asked a local woman, who worked at the Archives gift Shop, where the locals eat lunch, and she told us about the food court in the Ronald Reagan Building.  Good food for a family.

We may be headed there again this Summer, we haven't decided yet.  If you have a favorite place to visit in DC please share.  Thank you for visiting.


  1. Hi,
    I thoroughly enjoyed this post. What a fun, interesting trip you had. Such a sad story about your dad's older brother. He was so brave as so many of our boys had to be. Love the pic your son took of himself (nice teeth) :)

  2. Thank you so much for the nice comment. We did pay for that smile (braces, of course), but I love the way my son flashes a smile so easily. He has always been a happy kid.


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