Monday, 16 October 2017

Washington D.C. Vacation

Our (Myself, Mom, Dad, Sara, and Emmett's) journey began on September 10, 2017; we left for Washington D.C.. We traveled for most of the afternoon and into the later hours of the night and stopped at Shipshewana, Illinois for the night. We left early the next morning and arrived at our rental condo in Falls Church, Virginia later that evening.

September 12, 2017: No one in my family has EVER used public transportation; so when we arrive at the train station and we finally get our metro passes... it's no wonder we almost get separated day one, an hour in! Yes, Sara and I get on the train and all the sudden, as mom is walking through the doors (WITH EMMETT) they close shut on her and are smashing her and Emmett! And you would think that when people on the train try pushing the doors open they'd open up like an elevator right? WRONG! Sara and I barely escaped with our lives off that train! Anyway, we ate lunch at an outrageously expensive food cart before our tour started at... *dunahnah* the WHITE HOUSE!!! Yes, we went to the White House; it was a very beautiful building and it was amazing to see it in person!! One of the rooms was so large you could fit four trampolines in it!! Later on we visited the CAPITOL for another tour. While we were there we got to see the VICE-PRESIDENT of the United States! I mean, who visits the capitol and actually gets to see someone who is SUPER important, who is 10 feet away from you?!?! The capitol had so many statues in it of important people, beautiful paintings, and carvings!

September 13, 2017: Today we went to Arlington Cemetery and we seen the burial place of the Kennedy family. I have never seen so many graves... everywhere you looked there were rows upon rows of graves. I am so thankful to those who gave their lives for our freedom and safety; I will never forget Arlington Cemetery. We also got to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the guard change. After, we walked all the way across the Potomac River to the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial Wall. We ate late lunch at Penn Grill. We wanted to visit the Iwo Jima memorial and walked there to discover they are renovating it and it's not open; so we went to the Netherlands Carillon because it was just up the road.

September 14, 2017: We toured the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS today!! It was so amazing, we couldn't actually go into the library because you have to be 16 and have a legitimate reason for being in there. For the remainder of they day was walked around the National Mall and stopped at the Washington Monument and the WWII memorial. We stayed until dark and seen the Lincoln Memorial, WWII memorial, and the Washington monument lit up at night.

September 15, 2017: Today we ate lunch at a farmers market and went to the National Museum of Natural History. It was very cool and fascinating!! We even got to go into a butterfly pavilion and have loads of butterflies land on us!

September 16, 2017: We began by going to the National Archives building and seeing the Deceleration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution. We then went to the National Museum of American History and visited the wars section and learned about our nations wars. Then, we got Ice Cream! Finally, we went to the Holocaust Museum. IF you don't know what the Holocaust Museum is it is a memorial on WWII and the people involved, it tells the background of Hitler and his rising in power, what was inflicted upon the people in the concentration camps and so much more. It was very hard to learn about this as this was such a terrible event. Terrible isn't even the right word to describe it...

September 17, 2017: Today we drove to New York City, we did not actually go into N.Y.C., we stayed on the New Jersey side of the river. We got to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty!! It was really cool!! 

September 18-19, 2017: We made our trek back home!

And that was my vacation to D.C. in a LARGE nutshell!!! I hope you enjoyed and have a great day!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Vacation Haul~

I was on VACATION!!! (With my family, of course) Yes, it seems I forgot to mention I was going to WASHINGTON D.C.; but this is not the time to tell this *tale*, for this is a mini haul of all the souvenirs I probably over paid for *coughs*. Here they are:

First off, a METRO CARD! Why is this of importance you may ask? Well, we took public transit the ENTIRE vacation! And Sara and I almost died.... but you will have to wait to hear the story *evil grins* mwahh... lol

I got a Washington D.C. zip-up hoodie from a sketchy street vendor... and they didn't even spell CAPITOL CORRECT!!!!!! But it's okay! For the price we paid it is okay :P lol

This is a quill pen calligraphy pen!!! I love calligraphy and I've wanted a quill pen for a while so I got one!!!! This is from the capitol of the UNITED STATES!!!

I got some Mousse for my WILD hair because somebody *ahem* didn't pack any.

I got some stationary... I couldn't help myself... I just couldn't! But it's so beautiful!! Btw it's from the  Target dollar section.

 I got some of the friction color changing pencils and a beautiful butterfly pen from the National Museum of Natural History.

Then I got a poster of the Constitution from the National Archives!!!!

This is all the souvenirs I got! Expect a post with ALL the details of my vacation coming soon... *WARNING* it will be very long!!! Thanks for reading!