The next day was our one full day in Washington and we were very lucky with the weather (hellooo sunshine!) so we hopped on a bus to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the most obvious tourist destination in D.C. - Obama's house! The White House has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams in 1800 and was designed by James Hoban, an Irish-born architect.
After seeing The White House from the back we headed round to the front where we were swiftly asked to move along because the main man himself was coming outside. So, technically, we saw a tiny speck that was almost definitely the President!
From The White House we walked towards The Washington Monument - an obelisk completed in 1884 to commemorate George Washington, the first American President. We then continued on to the National World War II Memorial - a memorial dedicated to all Americans that served in the war.
From the World War II Memorial we walked alongside the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool up to the Lincoln Memorial itself - a monument built to honour Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President. It was on the steps of the memorial that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech to 250,000 people during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28th 1963.
Next we headed to the Museum of American History (but I'll post about that separately), via the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. There were some incredible artworks in the garden, one of my favourites was Thinker on a Rock by Barry Flanagan (below). Flanagan, a Welsh sculptor, was best known for his bronze statues of hares.
On our way back to our Airbnb accommodation for the night we walked past the J. Edgar Hoover Building - the headquarters of the FBI - which has the evolution of the U.S. flag on display outside, this goes from before there was a United States up to the present day, though not all were "official".
Next up on our U.S. adventure (that I am beyond late posting about) is Boston, Massachusetts!
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