Sunday, April 19, 2009

Easter in Washington DC

Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral











We stumbled upon a Louise Bourgeois exhibit at the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
(photo: Tate.org)

Near the Hirschorn...
















Early morning monument visits.




There was a special concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday commemorating the 70th anniversary of Marion Anderson's historic concert there in 1939. The event was sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the same group that forbid her to enter Constitution Hall because of her color.






At the Department of Agriculture a garden is in progress.






The longest escalator in the Western hemisphere (Bethesda metro station)


The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
The Old Post Office Pavilion










Georgetown at dusk.





11 comments:

Pam J. said...

You were in my town!! Isn't it grand? So that's why you were in Bethesda recently.... I must admit that late (late-ish) in my life I've come to be a big DC booster. I was born in the city and lived there for my first 5 years. When my younger sister came along we moved to the close-in MD suburbs, where I've stayed ever since. My daughter went to college in DC and lived in the city until recently. I know the town inside and out. You got some wonderful pictures!

Karen said...

Looks like a super fun trip (except maybe the Endless Escalator, hey that could be a Lemony Snicket title!). Tulip-o-rama!

wormandflowers said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time! I love DC. My only complaint is there is too much to see!

Joanne said...

Wow, great photographs, you had a wonderful trip. I like the flowers, and I'll bet the early morning monument visits were amazing. I've never been to DC, but every time I see pictures, it looks so pretty, well landscaped and grand architecture. Maybe some day!

Squirrel said...

The sights and art had to compete with some really gorgeous gardens and blooms!

tina said...

What an awesome vacation and great pictures! This is one reason I love blogging so much-get to travel all over without leaving my home. I love the sights in DC. Having never visited there myself this is the next best thing.

Anne said...

Shame on you, Jen, for not letting Pamela-J and me know you were coming to the area. It would have been a rare opportunity for the Tchotchke Challengers to get together!

You know, I've lived in the area since 1965, and I don't think I've done all the things you did on your Easter vacation!

Lauren said...

What beautiful photos! They give new appreciation to places I've visited dozens of times! :)

flowergardengirl said...

What a grand visit you had! I've been on that escalator and it was kinda scary.

Funny about the DAR. I was going to be a member one time but I proved a line that would have upset another proven line. It wasn't worth getting everyone upset. They take their connections seriously as they should. But I have to live here and did not want to be on their bad side.

All your pictures are interesting. I love the museum. You sure can't see it all in a day or maybe even a week. Right?

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Great photos! In grad school I had a conference in DC and we had to get in a Sat. nite stay to afford the airfare (yes, this was a while ago!) So we ended up at the National Cathedral for Easter services, and then explored the gardens afterward. Brought back some great memories!
--Susan M. (wmoms)

JGH said...

Pam, I loved DC - I really must come back on my own - I would love to meet you next time I'm there!

Karen, tulip o rama is right. they were everywhere!

Wormandflowers - I agree with you about there being too much to see. At least in 4 days. I could have stayed a month.

Joanne, we were up early trying to get tickets for the mint. Unfortunately, my kids are not very patient in long lines, so we gave up and walked around instead.

Squirrel, I tried to balance the trip, but as you know I'm partial to gardens!

Tina, why don't you meet me in DC next time I go?

Anne, I promise to get in touch next time I'm there. I might want to see Chesapeake Bay, too!

Lauren, thanks for the visit. With all the travelling you're doing, why not go back to Washington?

Anna, you were invited to be a DAR? Is it by invite only? Exclusive? I really don't know too much about them.

Susan, so glad you visited and that my post brought back nice memories for you! The cathedral was so impressive.