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... books and other iconic US memorabilia. The were also extensive exhibits on the US at war. Final stop for the day was the Lincoln memorial. By this point our feet were very sore, but we kept on walking. We walked by the Vietnam memorial. At the Lincoln memorial we read The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address, then just sat and rested looking out at the reflecting pool. Our walk back felt long and slow, we stopped for dinner and a drink at Elephant ...
This trip is special. Rather than my usual last minute, throw everything in a suitcase and stay up until 2 hours before it is time to leave thus crashing immediately on the plane, I actually preplanned all my packing. I even coordinated all outfits with jewelry, took photos and placed a photo with each day's itinerary! Nerd. ...
... presumably for security and privacy). It is phenomenally hot outside, getting over 100 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of the day. We have a couple of hours to kill before it is time for the National Archives and we can't stand being outside so we nip into the nearby national art gallery. I have been a bit disappointed with the art galleries in America. I love local art but most of the American collections don't seem to have American art ...
... of the early Founding Fathers ended up penniless. A far cry from our Presidents today, huh? A good, if not a bit long tour. And the guide didn't seem to put much emphasis on what I wanted to see most, the grave site. Interesting that neither he nor Dolly had a grave marker until much later. They just didn't believe in them.
I walked the roughly 1/3 mile down a hill to the Madison Family Cemetery. Once again I found myself alone ...
... had virtually disappeared and when it was time to light the candle, they couldn’t get it lit. They pulled out a lighter and tried to the light it that way, but the wind was blowing and couldn’t keep it lit. Goodness gracious! They went into the vestibule and lite the candle there with success. The rest of the congregation was able to light their candles as they entered the church and we continued with the mass inside. The priest began singing the ...
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