Saturday morning Justin, Liz and I were up early in anticipation of a very filled day. Justin had made reservations to tour the Capitol and 10:45. We left the house about 8:30 and drove to the train station in Vienna. The train costs about $3.00 one way (unless you have a Smartcard or are over 65 and jump through hoops to get a senior card) and takes 20-40 minutes to get to the "District" as the locals call it. The reservations stated we needed to be at the check in station 45 minutes before our tour for security reasons. With it being the day before 9/11 I expected all kinds of delays, but everyone seemed to have their act together and we sailed through security and the train was not delayed. In fact, we arrived a little early at the check in and were asked if we would like to take an earlier tour. We took the earlier tour which was nice because at that hour there were not too many people. We also found out that there are spaces available for "walk ups".
The rotunda is truly elegant. The gold leaf didn't show up in the picture very well, but you can get an idea. There is much symbolism in the painting, thirteen figures represent the thirteen colonies.
This is one of Nevada's statues and it is of Winnemucca who was a defender of human rights and the first women native to author a book.
If you have been to Hawaii you will recognize King Kamehameha
A classic view of the Capitol. Security was tight and there really weren't that many people. Maybe because of 911
There was an exhibit on Greensboro counter from 1960.
We saw so much one day, there is no way to post it all. And, there was a lot more to see, but there is no way to cram it in to one day. Tomorrow is another day and we plan to return and see some of the monuments.
I wished I had had my act together and contacted my representative to arrange a tour of the Whitehouse and one of the Congress sessions. Arrangement have to be made no later than three weeks ahead of time but best to make them 4-6 months ahead. Oh well, I'll just have to catch them another time. Justin has two more semesters of grad school, so what I don't see while I am here this time I can see next time.