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Trip Start May 21, 2006
Trip End Jun 04, 2006

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Planned to visit Washington Monument and the Holocaust Memorial Museum that morning. Arrived at the museum at around 10-ish. The earliest admission tickets distributed were for 12:45 pm. So we got our tickets and walked across the street to the Monument.

All tickets to the Monument for that day were all given out and were told we should come back before 8 am the next day to line up for our tickets. Since we can't get in, we were left to admire its grand scale from the outside. While my husband and I were doing that, my husband saw a man giving out some tickets. Learning from my experience at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, my husband quickly approached the man to find out whether he, in fact, has some tickets to give away. Yes, he was giving out extra tickets to people to take the elevator to the top of the Monument in a moments' notice. (My guess is that the Monument reserves a limited amount of tickets for each time slot in case some VIPs - of course, not like me, show up). As we were about to head towards the inside of the Monument, we saw that there were people lining to go up the Monument but for a later time. Somehow, we lucked out, got the tickets without having to line up and actually beat the people who were already lining up.

The view on top of the Monument was awesome. When it is so hard to get a good view of the White House these days, it is probably the only place where you can have a glimpse of the White House and the Ellipse in front of it. When we took the elevator down, at times, the park ranger slowed down the speed so that we can look at the plaques mounted on the inside wall of the Monument.

From Washington Monument, we went to WWII Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Boy, they didn't look very far but sure took us a while to get there. Every structure in DC is massive, just like Vegas, it looks so close but in reality, is quite far. On our way back from Lincoln Memorial, we stopped by the Korean War Veterans Memorial where it honours the 1.5 million Americans who served the war.

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is a must see, an eye-opener as to how lucky we are, to be able to live without the fear of persecution just because of race, political beliefs, sexual orientation, being physically disabled, etc. We started our tour from the top floor, the photos and exhibits sent chills down my spine. There is a short film showing how Hilter came into power. A section of the train that took the victims to the concentration camp is on display. There are piles of victims' belongings, such as, scissors, spoons, razors, toothbrushes, and most of all, shoes. There is also a scale model that shows how the gas chambers and crematoria worked. Taking kids to this museum is not a good idea and this visit is definitely worthwhile for adults.
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