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Days 228-232: Washington DC, USA

Haven't been here since I was a kid.

sunny 15 °C
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DC was actually a really friendly city. I was really surprised. Pretty clean, not too dangerous-seeming. Really easy to get around on a bike. There're rental stations everywhere. I used my sister's bike, and my friend Lindsay showed me all over. I'd definitely go back again, but maybe for a week or so.

The National Gallery is good even though it's not as big as some others like the Met (especially since half of it is being renovated and won't be done for a good 5 years). I saw some Titian, Tintoretto, a couple rooms of Rembrandt, van Gogh including one of his selfies, so much Degas (probably the best collection of them), a big exhibit on Andrew Wyeth (of water color landscapes in particular), Peter Paul Rubens, stupid Renoir, a few rooms of Claude Monet including some of his lilies, Ribera, Zurbaran, Murillo, Velazquez, Jan van Eyck, a couple rooms of Anthony van Dyck, Nicholas Maes, Jacques Louis David, Ingres, Cezanne, Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Eugene Delacroix, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Seurat, Edouard Manet, Francisco de Goya, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, Eakins, Copley, Henry Raeburn, Gilbert Stuart, one Leonardo da Vinci, a room of Raphael, Canaletto, Nicolas Poussin, one Hieronymus Bosch, one Henry Moore, and a cool atrium.
National Art Gallery: 9.5

The Newseum is like a first amendment museum. Lotsa things about freedom of press and the development of charters and constitutions. There are famous photos and newspapers from around the world for different cultures and languages. There's also interesting exhibits about different big events in modern history like the unabomber and mobsters. And it's like 7 floors, so you could spend a lot of time there. Your ticket is good for two days, too.
Newseum: 9

There's a huge outdoor monument for Roosevelt. It's full of waterfalls, granite, and quotes. Free guides, too!
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: 9

I suppose the WA Monument is just a giant sandstone obelisk, but it is pretty huge. And you can see it from like anywhere in DC.
Washington Monument: 9

Jefferson isn't my number one patriot or anything... But maybe he should be. He was all about equality and inalienable rights. The monument was pretty.
Jefferson Memorial: 8.5

Lincoln's one of the coolest dudes, so of course he has an epic monument. The are parts that show the Gettysburg Address and his 2nd...inauguration address? So many tourists but... It's a given.
Lincoln Memorial/Reflecting Pool: 9

Wow, this basilica was huge! You haveta go there to really see it. And there's an underground crypt and church, then another church above it. It has art and saints from every country. There're some cool views of the city, too.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception: 9.5

This MLK monument is actually pretty new. It looked really cool. It looks like he's walking out of a giant rock with a bunch of quotes. It was made by a Chinese artist which I guess some people didn't like.
MLK National Memorial: 9

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Posted by ErnieLG 20:29 Archived in USA

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