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Washington DC with Dad - 11/13/2021

I invited Dad to join me on a weekend trip to Sarah's place in Maryland.  So yesterday we made the drive from Nelsonville to Rockville and spent the evening visiting with Sarah.


Today Sarah and I are showing Dad some of the attractions in Washington.  This was Dad's first visit to the nation's capital and Sarah and I were excited to introduce him to the new sites and experiences the city has to offer.  We began our adventure on the Metro and we arrived in Downtown Washington at the Farragut North station.


Just outside the station we were able to give Dad a brief view down the street towards the office building where Sarah works when she actually has to work in the office.  Here at the north end of Farragut Square is the temporary art installation LOVE HATE.  Since May 2019, it has traveled Europe to stimulate social dialogue and promote peace.  It has now crossed the Atlantic for the first time.  This public art sculpture by German artist Mia Florentine Weiss makes its debut here in November 2021 and will remain on display here until March 2022, before moving to Austin, Texas.


Love Hate

We crossed through Farragut Square, which is named after the "First Admiral in the Navy", David G. Farragut, a Union admiral in the American Civil War famous for rallying his fleet with the cry, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!".


After walking just one more block, we arrived at Lafayette Square.  And then walking through the square we were at Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House.


Sarah, Me and Dad

The White House

We made our way towards the National Mall and a little rain began to fall. So, we headed inside the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.  We quickly toured several of the exhibits, including the Star Spangled Banner.  Alex soon joined us and we ventured back outside and towards the Washington Monument.


Washington Monument

Alex was parked nearby and drove us the short distance to the Lincoln Memorial.


Dad

Sarah

The four of us continued our walking tour to the Vietnam War Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Tidal Basin and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.


Me, Sarah and Dad

Tidal Basin

Tidal Basin.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.


Back in the car, Alex drove us across the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery.  We walked to the John F. Kennedy Gravesite.


John F. Kennedy Gravesite

And nearby was the gravesite of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  The day was growing long and we had walked much further than we had planned.


Alex drove us to his neighborhood in Del Ray where we met up with Tim and ate at Northside 10.  We all had great food and great conversation catching up with each other.


After dinner, Alex drove Dad, Sarah and I to the Braddock Road Station where we rode the Merto back to Sarah's apartment for a restful night of sleep.


Today was a great day together with family sightseeing in DC.  Dad was happy to see these sites and said it was a once in a lifetime experience.


Tomorrow Dad and I will make the long drive back home.


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